Award ceremony: 12 trophies, 10 winners!

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – A well-deserved few hours of celebration for the Edmundston Blizzard players and the whole team family. Blizzard’s annual award ceremony took place on Wednesday, March 11, at the Université de Moncton, campus d’Edmundston.

A total of 12 trophies were at stake. Ten players came to the stage to receive their award after a record regular season for the Blizzard who collected 77 points, good for the second place overall in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.

Over 100 people, including team members, management committee members, billet families, volunteers, shareholders and trophy sponsors, gathered for this evening of celebrations, two days before the first round of the playoffs that will begin on Friday, March 13 (7:30 pm) at the Jean-Daigle Centre against the Campbellton Tigers.

Brock McLeod, Tristan Gagnon, Chrystopher Collin and Paul Leroux won two trophies each.

Goalkeeper Antoine Lyonnais and forward Alex Arsenault have had a week they will never forget. After being named to the MHL rookie all-star team on Tuesday, the two freshmen shared the team’s Rookie of the Year title on Wednesday. Although he did not receive a trophy because he only played 19 games with the Blizzard, rearguard Evan White was congratulated for his outstanding campaign as he received the MHL Defenseman of the Year honor earlier Wednesday after being named to the league’s all-star team the day before. Combined to the 33 previous games he played this year with the Fredericton Red Wings, White finished first among league’s blueliners with 54 points.

Here is the list of all the winner of the evening:

– Coupe Jessome’s La Source du sport/Sports experts Cup (joueur par excellence/outstanding player): TRISTAN GAGNON AND CHRYSTOPHER COLLIN (trophy sponsored by Jessome’s La Source du sport and Sports Experts)

– Coupe Édupôle Cup (joueur-étudiant de l’année/student player of the year): FÉLIX RIOUX (trophy sponsored by the Edupôle partners)

– Coupe Twin Rivers Paper Cup (joueur-étudiant de l’année/student player of the year) : PAUL LEROUX (trophy sponsored by Twin Rivers Paper)

– Meilleur esprit sportif/Best sportsmanship: MITCHELL McLEOD (trophy sponsored by Alliance Realty)

– 4e étoile – héros obscur/4th star – unsung hero: PAUL LEROUX (trophy sponsored by Immeubles Riviera Real Estate)

– Meilleur défenseur/Best defenseman: TRISTAN MERCURE (trophy sponsored by Assurance Tweedie, Brunswick, Levesque and Wawanesa)

– Meilleur pointeur/Leading scorer: BROCK McLEOD (trophy sponsored by Madawaska Timber Resources)

– Joueur le plus amélioré/Player most improved: CHASE CARTER (trophy sponsored by Edmundston Honda)

– Recrue de l’année/Rookie of the year: ANTOINE LYONNAIS AND ALEX ARSENAULT (trophy sponsored by Archaway Assurance Alliance)

– Meilleur leadership – implication communautaire/Best leadership – community involvement: TRISTAN GAGNON (trophy sponsored by Jessome’s La Source du sport)

– Joueur le plus utile choisi par les joueurs/Most valuable player selected by the players: CHRYSTOPHER COLLIN (trophy sponsored by Enseignes Pattison Sign Group)

– Joueur le plus utile/Most valuable player: BROCK McLEOD (trophy sponsored by Best Western Plus Edmundston).

The Blizzard organization would like to thank those who contributed to the Award Ceremony: trophies sponsors, Artable, and the support and technical staff of the UMCE.

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Here are the 10 recipients of the 12 awards presented at the Blizzard’s Award Ceremony held Wednesday night. From left to right, Félix Rioux, Chrystopher Collin, Tristan Gagnon, Antoine Lyonnais, Alex Arsenault, Tristan Mercure, Mitchell McLeod, Chase Carter, Paul Leroux and Brock McLeod. Photo Percy Picard

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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone