April 13, 2023

Massé named QMJHL’s top offensive rookie

Maxim Massé of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens has been named this year’s recipient of the Michel-Bergeron Trophy, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has announced.

The trophy recognizes the league’s top offensive rookie in the QMJHL.

Massé, a native of Rimouski, Quebec, had an excellent first year in the league, scoring 62 points (29 goals, 33 assists) in 65 regular-season games. He finished second on Chicoutimi in points and was instrumental in helping the Saguenéens finish fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.

The 17-year-old, who was selected in the first round of the 2022 QMJHL Entry Draft and is eligible for the 2024 NHL Draft, also scored six power-play goals and compiled six game-winning goals.

The Michel-Bergeron Trophy has previously been awarded to many QMJHL Hall of Famers over the years, including Pat LaFontaine, Martin Lapointe, and Vincent Lecavalier.

Félix Lacerte of the Shawinigan Cataractes and Thomas Verdon of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies were also nominated for the award.

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