Luneau and Verreault stand out among 2020 rookie class
Quebec City, QC – The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League honoured its 2020-21 rookies with ceremonies held during game three of the President Cup final at the Videotron Centre on Sunday.
Gatineau Olympiques defenseman Tristan Luneau, the author of four goals and 14 assists in 31 games, earns the Raymond-Lagacé Trophy as Defensive Rookie of the Year. Evan Nause of the Quebec Remparts and Pier-Olivier Roy of the Victoriaville Tigres were the other nominees for this award.
A former Q goaltender, Martin Biron, broke the news to Luneau on the Videotron Centre’s jumbotron during the game.
The Offensive Rookie of the Year award was handed out to Luneau’s teammate with the Olympiques, forward Antonin Verreault. The left-winger from Laval scored six goals and added 23 assists in 31 games. He takes the Michel-Bergeron Trophy away from his challengers: Justin Côté of the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Peter Reynolds of the Saint John Sea Dogs.
A former Drummondville Voltigeurs great, Derick Brassard, delivered him the message.
As in past seasons, the Rookie of the Year Trophy is awarded to either recipients of the Michel-Bergeron or Raymond-Lagacé trophies. As such, a Gatineau Olympiques player was sure to take home the hardware.
Tristan Luneau will have the honour of some friendly banter in the upcoming weeks, and likely years to come, as he wins the title. The first overall selection in the 2020 QMJHL Entry Draft presented by Fenplast will undoubtedly be a highly-touted prospect for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.
A former member of the Laval Titan and current member of the Montreal Canadiens hockey operations department delivered him the news.