Lewiston Maineiacs’ head coach and general manager Clem Jodoin won the Paul-Dumont Trophy as the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s top personality at the annual Golden Puck Awards Gala in Montreal on Wednesday.
The trophy, awarded since 1990, was given to phenom Sidney Crosby the past two years. Jodoin is the first non-player to win the award since Michel Therrien, former head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, won with the Granby Predateurs in 1997.
The last winner before Crosby, Jean-Francois Plourde, played for the Sherbrooke Castors (now the Maineiacs) in 2002-03.
Other big honors at the awards banquet included the rookie of the year, defensive rookie of the year and top goaltender awards, all of which went to Ondrej Pavelec of Cape Breton. Alexander Radulov of Quebec also garnered three trophies – top scorer, offensive player of the year and most valuable player.
Ted Nolan of the Moncton Wildcats won for best general manager, Andre Tourigny of Rouyn-Noranda for best coach, and Eric Verrier of Drummondville garnered the award for being the league’s top administrator.
A complete list of awards and their winners can be found at www.lhjmq.qc.ca.
– By Justin Pelletier