LETANG RACKS UP MORE HONORS IN QMJHL
Kris Letang continues to rack up the awards in the QMJHL.
He took home two awards at its annual Golden Puck Awards Gala on Wednesday: the Émile “Butch” Bouchard Trophy as the league’s best defenseman and the Paul Dumont Trophy (personality of the year). Letang had a stellar year, scoring 14 goals and adding 38 assists in 40 regular-season contests. He was also a plus-19. He was named a QMJHL first-team all-star.
Furthermore, the Val-d’Or defender was honored with the Kevin Lowe Trophy (top defensive defenseman) during an on-ice ceremony.
The Penguins’ 2005 third-round draft choice maintained his scintillating play in the playoffs. In a first-round sweep of Chicoutimi, Letang had 13 points (6+7) with two short-handed goals and a pair of power-play goals. He finished as a plus-4 and converted on 28.6 percent of his shots on goal with six tallies on 21 shots.
Val-d’Or begins quarterfinal play Saturday against Baie-Comeau.
Letang, the Foreurs’ captain, also captained Team Canada to a third-straight gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Championships.
A right-handed defenseman, Letang, named one of Canada’s top three players, finished the tournament tied for second in defenseman scoring with six points (0+6) in six games. He had 12 penalty minutes and finished with a plus-4 rating.
Letang was selected as one of the tournament’s top players.
Letang had two goals in seven games with the Penguins this year before the 19-year-old was returned to his junior team.