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QMJHL announces recipients of RDS mid-season rookie excellence awards

December 18, 2007 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) News Release

BOUCHERVILLE, Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced the names of the eighteen RDS mid-season rookie excellence award winners. Winners are selected by their team's head coach.

RDS and the QMJHL have been partners for several years. The partnership's goal is to recognize the talent and potential of young hockey players.

"Through the RDS mid-season rookie excellence awards program, RDS wishes to underline the efforts made by these young men in order to meet today's demanding challenges," commented Michel Gagnon, the Vice-President of Marketing and Sales at RDS. "We're extremely proud to play a part in their development and we salute their perseverance and talent."

Each rookie will be honoured during a pre-game ceremony and will receive an RDS sports bag worth approximately $125. Moreover, the mid-season rookies become eligible to win the RDS Trophy as the QMJHL's top rookie. The winner of this prestigious award will be announced at the Golden Puck Awards Gala on April 2nd and will receive bursary worth $1,000.

Here are the winners of the RDS mid-season rookie excellence awards:

Rémi Blanchard (#3) - Acadie-Bathurst Titan

David Savard (#22) - Baie-Comeau Drakkar

Olivier Roy (#31) - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

Nicolas Deschamps (#17) - Chicoutimi Saguenéens

Charles Landry (#23) - Drummondville Voltigeurs

Hubert Labrie (#14) - Gatineau Olympiques

Tomas Knotek (#14) - Halifax Mooseheads

Éric Gélinas (#44) - Lewiston MAINEiacs

Matt Boyle (#2) - Moncton Wildcats

Jan Kana (#19) - PEI Rocket

Mikhail Stefanovich (#16) - Québec Remparts

Félix Lefrançois (#71) - Rimouski Océanic

Alex Émond (#20) - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

Steven Anthony (#16) - Saint John Sea Dogs

Philippe Paradis (#63) - Shawinigan Cataractes

Timo Pielmeier (#89) - St. John's Fog Devils

Jonathan Hazen (#4) - Val-d'Or Foreurs

Jonathan Bonneau (#15) - Victoriaville Tigres

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