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Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence and Merit
What – An award recognizing hockey performance and academic excellence that is presented annually by the Montreal Canadiens.
History – The program was introduced in 1985 to encourage sports and academic excellence for players competing in all three major amateur hockey leagues in the province of Quebec; the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, member schools of the Canadian university sports in Quebec (U Sports) and the Quebec Junior Hockey League (QJAAAHL).
Financial assistance – The university and major junior winners each receive a $6,000 scholarship over a three-year period while the QJAAAHL winner receives a $1,000 scholarship.
Did you know? – Matthew Welsh isn’t the first member of the Charlottetown Islanders to win the award. The Guardian was unable to obtain a complete list of previous winners but saw Concordia Stingers defenceman Carl Neill won the university award during the 2017-18 season. Neill played for the Islanders as an overager in 2017.