MacLean, Cianfrini make OUA East hockey star squads

The No. 2 nationally ranked McGill Redmen dominated the 2010-11 Ontario University Athletics East Men’s Hockey major awards and All-Stars.

The most valuable player award was once again won by a forward from McGill. Alexandre Picard-Hooper (Boucherville, Que) earned the award following in the footsteps of teammate Francis Verreault-Paul (Mashteuiatsh, Que.). He scored 11 goals for the Redmen this season, keeping them atop the OUA East standings throughout the regular season. More importantly, he was an integral piece of the Redmen offence tallying the most assists in the league with 47, the next closest being 36. His point total equaled 58, good for first in OUA as well as the country. Picard-Hooper was also named a First Team All-Star for the second year in a row.

Teammate Marc-André Dorion (St. Hubert, Que.) was named East defenceman of the year for the second consecutive year. He once again posted the best numbers for defencemen in the regular season with 37 points including 29 assists. Last year he was also named CIS defenceman of the year and he has been named a First Team All-Star this season for the second year in a row.

McGill’s Hubert Morin (St.-George-de-Beauce, Que.) was named goaltender of the year after posting 16 wins and only two losses. His goals against average was ranked second in OUA at 2.18 and had a save percentage of .915. His win percentage of .938 is the best in the country and he only allowed 38 goals against. Morin was named a Second Team All-Star.

The OUA East Rookie of the Year was won by Ottawa’s Luc Olivier Blain (Longueuil, Que.). The rookie was just behind MVP Picard-Hooper in points with 52. He scored 16 goals and had another 36 assists and was a key contributor to the Gee-Gees offence. His 52 points was good for second in OUA and second in the country. Blain was also named a Second Team All-Star and to the All Rookie Team.

McGill’s Evan Vossen (Swift Current, Sask.) is the East most sportsmanlike player, awarded to the player who best combines outstanding play and sportsmanship. Tallying a low 12 penalty minutes, the left winger had his best season in four year scoring 25 goals.

Fourth-year forward Jon Lawrance (Steinbach, Man.) of the Queen’s Gaels was the OUA East nominee for the Randy Gregg Award, given to the player who best exhibits outstanding achievement in hockey, academics and community involvement. Lawrance tied his career high in goal scoring with 10 this season and is second in team scoring for the Gaels. He has been named a CIS Academic All-Canadian for three straight years with a cumulative average of 83.7. The Physical and Health Education student continues to volunteer his time at a number of organizations including Queen’s University where he assists people with disabilities in their weekly exercise regiments; Limestone Health and Body Management, where he assists people with progressed cardiac rehabilitation; and at Friendship Blooms Kingston where he collaborates with senior citizen volunteers to plan, implement and evaluate a cooking program at the Boys and Girls Club.

The newest head coach of the McGill Redmen won his first OUA Coach of the Year award this season. Kelly Nobes began coaching McGill in April 2010 after stints at RMC and Laurier. He led the Redmen to a school record in wins, finishing the season 24-2-2 good for first in the OUA East and a No. 2 national ranking. A former Redmen himself, Nobes was the 28th head coach to be named to the McGill men’s hockey team.

The McGill Redmen named three First Team All-Stars this season. Along with forward Picard-Hooper and defenceman Dorion, teammate and former MVP Verreault-Paul earned his second All-Star award in two years. The forward scored the most goals in Canada with 28. Rounding out the First Team up front was Brandon MacLean (Burlington) of the Carleton Ravens who scored 12 goals. Ottawa’s rookie defenceman Dominic Jalbert (Gatineau, Que.) also earned a First Team nod. Rookie goaltender Matthew Dupod (Pointe Claire, Que.) of the Carleton Ravens won his first All-Star award as the top goaltender in the league and was also named to the All Rookie Team.

Joining Morin and Blain on the Second Team were defencemen Pierre-Luc Lessard (Thetford-Mines, Que.) of the UQTR Patriotes and Brad Good (Kitchener, Ont.) of the Carleton Ravens. Gee-Gee s forward Mathieu Methot (Ottawa), ranked fifth in OUA scoring with 15 goals, and earned his first All-Star nod in his three years with Ottawa. Francis Charland (Victoriaville, Que.) of UQTR rounds out the forwards with his second award of his career.

The All Rookie Team headed by Dopud, Blain and Jalbert, included the talent of Paul Cianfrini (Dundas) of the Nipissing Lakers and Ottawa’s Kyle Ireland (Rosetown, Sask.). Cianfrini was fourth in team scoring, leading all Laker rookies while Ireland had an outstanding season ranking third in the country in scoring, just behind teammate Blain and MVP winner Picard-Hooper. He scored 19 goals for Ottawa and added 27 assists for 46 points. Fourth in OUA rookie scoring, Joe Pleckaitis (Toronto) of Carleton closed out the 2010-11 All Rookie Team.