Earlier today, former Cape Breton Eagles star Marc-André Fleury (now of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights) announced three of the winners for the team’s 2019-20 awards on the team’s social media channels. The results for those awards are as follows:
Tokyo Lloyd Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Work Ethic presented by MacDonald Auto Group: Shawn Element & Shawn Boudrias
Shawn Element’s stats in 2019-20: 61 games, 38 goals, 24 assists, 62 points, 51 penalty minutes, +18
Shawn Boudrias’s stats in 2019-20: 59 games, 35 goals, 44 assists, 79 points, 81 penalty minutes, +39
“I am pleased as a coach to say that there was a whole team of workers this year with many choice options for this award,” says Cape Breton coach Jake Grimes. “Shawn Element and Shawn Boudrias especially proved that hard work helps your team succeed and helps you as an individual better your future.”
Shawn Boudrias was acquired by the Eagles from the Gatineau Olympiques at the halfway mark of the 2018-19 season. Just one year later he was wearing an “A” for his new team. Having fought through injury and illness in his first half-season with the Eagles, he was an impact player in his 59 games during his 20 year old campaign with Cape Breton.
After attending Boston Bruins training camp in 2017, Boudrias was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2018 in the sixth round. A former first round pick in the QMJHL (by Charlottetown), the overager finished his junior career by placing 11th in QMJHL scoring, tenth in goals with 35 and fired a second best in the league 163 shots on goal.
The Cape Breton Eagles knew they were getting leadership when they acquired Shawn Element from the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. After wearing the “C” in Bathurst, the 19 year old forward played in all difficult situations after arriving in Sydney. Element punished opponents with big hits and was a threat in all situations.
Element was originally drafted in the the first round by Baie-Comeau in the 2016 QMJHL draft. His five short handed goals was third best in the QMJHL and he was second in the QMJHL in short handed points in 2019-20. The fourth year forward was tied for fifth in the league in goals with 38. Prior to this season, the physical winger attended Chicago Blackhawks training camp.
Describing Boudrias and Element as “elite leaders” on the Eagles who competed every night, Grimes predicts that both players will end up in the professional ranks. “Congrats Shawn and Shawn, but most importantly thank you for what you did for our team and the next generation of Eagles.”
Top Defensemen Award Presented by Eastlink: Jarrett Baker
Jarrett Baker’s stats in 2019-20: 59 games played, 6 goals, 33 assists, 39 points, 58 penalty minutes, +26
“This was the toughest award to decide,” stress Eagles coach Jake Grimes. Both Baker & Adam McCormick were nominated for the QMJHL’s top defensive defenseman award. Grimes also notes that Nathan Larose was two goals away from a team record for goals by an Eagle defenseman, Xavier Bouchard is a NHL Draft pick with a chance to be signed, and Kyle Havlena has been described as heart & soul of the club.
But for Baker, a trade to the Cape Breton Eagles wasn’t just a simple homecoming. After an off-season deal from Drummondville, the Black Rock native made a big impact on the Eagle blueline in all areas in his first season playing in Sydney. Logging significant ice time on a physical pairing with Havlena, Baker notched a +26 rating. Playing in all situations, the 19 year old in his fourth QMJHL season also collected 39 points over 59 games.
“Jarrett hit every essential component of an elite D man this year, every time he laced up the skates,” exclaims Grimes. “Offence, Defense. PK. PP. Toughness. Physicality. Intensity. Leadership.” While wearing an “A” on his chest, the Eagles coach notes that Baker was consistently matched up against the opposition’s team line each night.
Most Valuable Valuable Player for the 2019-20 Season Presented by Cape Breton Beverages: Egor Sokolov
Egor Sokolov’s stats in 2019-20: 52 games played, 46 goals, 46 assists, 92 points, 42 penalty minutes, +38
Jake Grimes was very happy with his team in 2019-20, saying that “A number of players could have been named MVP- the decision was made and it was made in favour of one of the most offensively explosive players in the history of the franchise.”
When the Cape Breton Eagles drafted Egor Sokolov in the 2017 CHL Import Draft, he made an immediate impact with 21 goals in his rookie year. In his third season, he became a bonafide QMJHL superstar. Despite missing 11 games, Sokolov led the league with 46 goals- ten of them being game winners, also a league best. “Egor won’t take no for an answer. In my 16 years in the CHL, I have never seen a better shot release,” says Coach Grimes.
His 92 points In 52 contests placed him third in the QMJHL, and the Eagles put up a record of 34-16-2 with their Russian star in the lineup. The 19 year old forward also represented his country at the World Juniors, scoring twice in the semi-final and winning a silver medal at the event.
“Congratulations Egor, and thank you for everything,” concludes Jake Grimes.
The Cape Breton Eagles will announce the final 2019-20 award winners this Friday on the team’s website and social media channels.