McGill’s McNicoll merits MVP honours as three Redmen named OUA all-stars

(L to R): Centre Cedric McNicoll, defenceman Sam Labrecque and goaltender Jacob Gervais-Chouinard

(L to R): Centre Cedric McNicoll, defenceman Sam Labrecque and goaltender Jacob Gervais-Chouinard

MONTREAL – Centre Cedric McNicoll of the McGill University men’s hockey team has been voted most valuable player of the OUA East Division. He is one of three Redmen players honoured as the league released their all-stars and major awards, Tuesday.
It was the second consecutive year as an all-star for McNicoll, a native of Boucherville, Que., who was joined on the first team by Redmen defenceman Samuel Labrecque of Granby, Que., in voting conducted by the division’s nine coaches. Somehow overlooked on the first squad was the most obvious choice of goaltender Jacob Gervais-Chouinard, a native of Sherbrooke, Que., who only made the second team, despite leading the CIS in most statistical categories.
McNicoll, a shifty 5-foot-10, 186-pound playmaker, finished tied for fourth in the OUA scoring race with 34 points, including 11 goals in 25 games.  A 25-year-old management junior, he either scored or assisted on 33.3 per cent of the team’s 102 goals. McNicoll is in his second year with the Redmen and his final year of eligibility after a three-year pro career in the AHL and ECHL.
Labrecque led all CIS rearguards with 13 goals and tied for the league lead among all players in power-play goals with seven. He matched a school record with six game-winning tallies, which tied him for tops in the conference. He added nine assists to end up with 22 points in 26 contests and became the first McGill blueliner in 19 years to record a hat-trick, accomplishing the feat on Jan. 23 in a 4-1 win against Queen’s.
Labrecque finished second in the voting for defenceman-of-the-year honours, which went Queen’s rearguard Spencer Abraham of Campbellville, Ont., who was also named rookie of the year, a first-team all-star and earned a spot on the all-rookie team. Abraham led his team in scoring and was tied for the OUA lead in points by a defenceman with 28. He scored five goals – four on the power-play – and added 23 assists.

Gervais-Chouinard started 16 games between the pipes for McGill, posting a 13-3-0 record with one shutout. Despite leading all CIS goaltenders with a stingy 1.74 goals against average and a suffocating.944 save percentage, he was somehow edged out in the voting for OUA East goaltender of the year, an award that went to Carleton’s Patrick Killeen of Corkery, Ont. Killeen won 12 of his 13 starts for the Ravens, posting a 2.15 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage, which ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in the conference.
Among the other major award winners, Concordia forward Olivier Hinse of Sherbrooke, Que., merited the Randy Gregg Award nomination or the second-consecutive season, presented to the athlete who best exhibits outstanding achievement in hockey, academics and community involvement.
Carleton head coach Marty Johnston received the OUA East coach-of-the-year award after leading his team to a second-place finish with a 20-5-1 record, just one point from tying the Redmen for top spot in the division.
OUA East Division Major Award Winners
Most Valuable Player: Cedric McNicoll – Forward – McGill Redmen
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Marc-Olivier Mimar – Forward – UQTR Patriotes
Defenceman of the Year: Spencer Abraham – Defence – Queen’s Gaels
Goaltender of the Year: Patrick Killeen – Goaltender – Carleton Ravens
Rookie of the Year: Spencer Abraham – Defence – Queen’s Gaels
Randy Gregg Award: Olivier Hinse – Forward – Concordia Stingers
Coach of the Year: Marty Johnston – Carleton Ravens
OUA East First-Team All-Stars
Goaltender: Patrick Killeen – Carleton
Defence: Spencer Abraham – Queen’s
Defence: Samuel Labrecque – McGill
Forward: Cedric McNicoll – McGill
Forward: Joe Pleckaitis – Carleton
Forward: Olivier Hinse – Concordia
OUA East Second-Team All-Stars
Goaltender: Jacob Gervais-Chouinard – McGill
Defence: Vincent Llorca – Laurentian
Defence: Matt Stanisz – Carleton
Forward: Billy Lacasse – UQTR
Forward: Darcy Greenaway – Queen’s
Forward: Marc-Olivier Mimar – UQTR
OUA East All-Rookie Team
Goaltender: Francis Desrosiers – UQTR
Defence: Spencer Abraham – Queen’s
Defence: Jimmy McDowell – Nipissing
Forward: Darcy Greenaway – Queen’s
Forward: Dominic Beauchemin – Concordia
Forward: Erik Robichaud – Nipissing

Earl Zukerman
McGill Sports Info Office