Monday, January 14, 2013

Zykov, Lavoie and Cüpper named the TELUS three stars of the week

Press Release

Valentin Zykov, Alexandre Lavoie and Marvin Cüpper were today named the TELUS three stars of the week for the period extending from January 7th to 13th, 2013.

Valentin Zykov earned the highest honour this week. The young European winger from the Baie-Comeau Drakkar gets the TELUS first star after having delivered admirable performances, recording 10 points in only 3 games, which currently puts him at the forefront among QMJHL rookies with 53 points in 43 games. He scored three goals, added seven assists and his +/- of +6 demonstrates his great skill set. He scored a goal and added an assist in a 4-3 win against the visiting Sherbrooke Phoenix.  He recorded the same output two days later when the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies snatched a victory over the Drakkar in overtime. Baie-Comeau took their revenge the next day as Valentin Zykov was stunning with a total of one goal and five assists in a 7-0 victory. He is currently considered one of the top prospects for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft and has helped the Drakkar take over second place in the overall standings.

The TELUS second star goes to the new acquisition of the Rimouski Océanic, Alexandre Lavoie. In two games with his new team, he registered three goals and eight assists while winning 61% of his faceoffs. In his first game with the Océanic, he scored 3 goals and added 3 assists to help his team defeat Saint John 9-1. The former Cape Breton Screaming Eagle subsequently recorded two assists in a 3-2 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes. Can the veteran continue to power a young Rimouski squad with the playoffs just around the corner? Stay tuned!

Marvin Cüpper of the Shawinigan Cataractes gets the TELUS third star of the week. Just a few days removed from his World Junior Championship experience, the young goaltender took part in two road games against division rivals. He recorded a shutout and maintained a goal-against-average of 1.51 and a save percentage of .952 during that span. He stopped the dangerous Remparts with a fantastic performance in a 4-0 win in Quebec City with 32 saves. The young German netminder was also very solid with 28 saves against the Océanic Rimouski in a 3-2 loss.

 (Nathan can be reached at

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