The Saint John Sea Dogs were big winners at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Golden Puck Awards, which were held Wednesday evening in Quebec City.
Thomas Chabot won the Émile "Butch" Bouchard Trophy as the QMJHL's Defenceman of the Year and the Paul-Dumont Trophy as the league's Personality of the Year.
Chabot is the second Sea Dog to win the Defenceman of the Year honour, joining Simon Despres who won in 2011. Jonathan Huberdeau won the Personality of the Year award in 2012.Thomas Chabot dédie son trophée à @SeaDogsDK et @OFelixson. Classy. Pas juste bon. Une bonne personne aussi. #LHJMQ— Mikaël Lalancette (@MLalancetteTVA) April 6, 2017
The 20-year-old (although is junior hockey age is 19) Chabot is very likely in his final year with the Sea Dogs. He posted 10 goals and 45 points in 34 regular season games with Saint John and added another three goals and 10 points in the first round of the playoffs.
Sea Dogs head coach Danny Flynn also picked up an award Wednesday, winning the Ron-Lapointe Trophy as QMJHL Coach of the Year. Flynn previously won the award with the Moncton Wildcats in 2009.
This is the third time a Sea Dogs coach has won the award. Gerard Gallant won in 2010 and 2011.
Both Chabot and Flynn are now nominated for CHL awards in their respective categories. The national awards will be handed out during Memorial Cup week in Windsor.
UPDATE: Chabot was also named to the QMJHL's first all-star team. Simon Bourque and Mathieu Joseph made the second team.
Quispamsis native Anderson MacDonald of the Sherbrooke Phoenix was named to the all-rookie team.