Blizzard rewards its most deserving players

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – The Edmundston Blizzard took advantage of a break before the MHL playoffs to hold its awards night on Wednesday, March 15th at the Jean-Daigle Centre.

On the eve of his 21st birthday, Olivier Coulombe started the celebrations by winning four trophies. He took home the top scoring trophy, the Jessome’s La Source du sport / Sports Experts trophy (given to the player who has accumulated the most points during the selection of the players of the month), as well as the prestigious Players’ Choice Most Valuable Player and Team Most Valuable Player awards. These four honors are a carbon copy of last season’s forward Tristan Therrien. The Montmagny native Coulombe had a dream season breaking several team records including most points (82), goals (52), consecutive games with at least one point (27), hat tricks (6) and consecutive games with at least one goal (9). All this despite missing the first 15 games of the season due to injury.

Jérémy Duguay of Tracadie was also recognized with the best sportsmanship trophy and the best leadership – community involvement trophy.

A total of 11 trophies were up for grabs. A new trophy (Blizzard Ambassador) was introduced. The Blizzard finished first in the Eastlink North Division with a total of 77 points, a total similar to the 2019-2020 season. Edmundston will begin the first round of the best-of-seven Metalfab MHL Cup series on Friday, March 17, hosting the Miramichi Timberwolves, fourth in the division.

Prior to the presentation of the trophies, the winner of the Jessome’s La Source du sport / Sports Experts trophy for the Blizzard player of the month for March was announced. The honor went to Olivier Coulombe, author of seven goals and six assists in five games.

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): OLIVIER COULOMBE (trophy sponsored by Jessome’s La Source du sport and Sports Experts)

– Meilleur esprit sportif/Best sportsmanship: JÉRÉMY DUGUAY (trophy sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, council 1932)

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

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

– Meilleur pointeur/Leading scorer: OLIVIER COULOMBE (trophy sponsored by Madawaska Timber Resources)

– Joueur le plus amélioré/Player most improved: JEAN-PHILLIP BOUDREAU (trophy sponsored by Edmundston Honda)

– Recrue de l’année/Rookie of the year: NOAH MATULU (trophy sponsored by UNI Entreprises)

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

Ambassadeur du Blizzard/Blizzard Ambassador : MITCHELL MCLEOD (trophy sponsored by Blizzard shareholders)

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

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

The Blizzard organization would like to thank those who contributed to the Award Ceremony.

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Here are the recipients of the 11 prizes awarded during the Blizzard’s Award Ceremony Monday evening. From left to right, Jérémie Thibodeau, Alex Arsenault, Mitchell McLeod, Olivier Coulombe, Jérémy Duguay, Jean-Phillip Boudreau, and Noah Matulu. Photo Percy Picard

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Memorable evening for Olivier Coulombe who poses with his four trophies. Photo Percy Picard

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