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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.

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