Gawdin, Truchon-Viel and Thomas earn Playoff MVP honours
Three teams across the country have hoisted their respective league trophies, and three standout individuals have been recognized for their outstanding playoff contributions.
Swift Current Broncos forward Glenn Gawdin, Acadie-Bathurst Titan winger Jeffrey Truchon-Viel and Hamilton Bulldogs centreman Robert Thomas have each been awarded with Playoff MVP honours from the WHL, QMJHL and OHL.
Finishing the postseason strong, Gawdin also earned CHL Player of the Week honours as helped guide the Broncos to a 3-0 Game 6 win on home ice against the Everett Silvertips with an assist. The Calgary Flames prospect and Swift Current captain accepted the Ed Chynoweth Cup from WHL Commissioner Ron Robison after leading his team with 32 points (14-18–32) in 24 playoff contests.
Gawdin helped the Broncos achieve WHL supremacy for the first time in 25 years, doing so in his fifth season with the franchise. He shone particularly bright in Game 3 of the WHL Championship Series in Everett when he scored all three goals to power the Broncos to a 3-2 overtime win.
“To win and to win with such a good group of guys makes it that much sweeter,” Gawdin said following Game 6. “Every night, we came to work for one another and each other. That showed. The adversity we had to fight through this year, the ups and downs, we had some tough series but I think we got stronger as the playoffs went on. Now, we’re on top.”
Across the country in New Brunswick, Acadie-Bathurst Titan captain Jeffrey Truchon-Viel claimed the Guy Lafleur Trophy as QMJHL Playoff MVP. The recently signed San Jose Sharks prospect led the well-balanced Titan in scoring with 23 points (14-9–23) in 20 games, finding the back of the net in a 2-1 Game 6 victory over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada to capture the President Cup.
The Titan are QMJHL Champs for the first time since 1999 and Truchon-Viel was a force on the journey, registering six different multi-point playoff games including a trio of two-goal performances.
St. Louis Blues first round pick Robert Thomas rounds out the three league MVP’s, earning the Wayne Gretzky ’99’ Award in the OHL. Thomas was a model of consistency throughout the postseason, leading the Bulldogs in scoring with 32 points (12-20–32) in 21 games while being used in all situations.
The Canadian World Junior gold medalist helped guide Hamilton to three-straight five game series triumphs before eliminating the CHL’s top-ranked Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in six games to hoist the Robertson Cup as OHL Champions.
Thomas registered 11 different multi-point performances, collecting seven points in the Rogers OHL Championship Series.
“It shows how much character and how much desire we have to win,” said Thomas following his club’s third period comeback to defeat the Greyhounds 5-4 in Game 6. “When you have those two, you’ll do good things.”
The Swift Current Broncos, Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Hamilton Bulldogs join the host Regina Pats in the Queen City this week for the 100th celebration of the Mastercard Memorial Cup.
It’s been a long road and the work isn’t finished for these four teams, who put it all on the line for one of the most prestigious prizes in all of sports beginning Friday night at the Brandt Centre when Hamilton takes on Regina at 8:00pm CT/10:00pm ET on Sportsnet.