BOUCHERVILLE, Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today unveiled the TELUS three stars of the month for January.
The first star is awarded to one of the Q’s top prospects for the next NHL Entry Draft. This time around, the honour goes to center Sean Couturier, from the Drummondville Voltigeurs, after he registered eight goals and eleven assists for a total of nineteen points in nine games. He also managed to keep a +14 rating and an average of 2.11 points per game. Couturier was in demand this past month while playing for Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he won the silver medal after a heartbreaking loss against the Russians.
The second star goes to defenseman Samuel Carrier. In nine games, the Lewiston MAINEiacs blue-liner registered three goals and ten assists for a total of thirteen points in nine games. He also managed to post a +14 rating. He kept an average of 1.44 points per game in January. Furthermore, he was named among the stars of the week last month.
The third star is none other than Chicoutimi Saguenéens backstop Christopher Gibson. The goaltender had an excellent month with a record of three wins and only two losses in regulation time. He finished the month with a 1.94 goals-against-average and a .936 save percentage by stopping 234 of the 250 shots he faced. He had the best save percentage in the League in January. He also added a shutout against the Gatineau Olympiques on January 27.
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