GMHL Players of the Month: January 2024February 12th, 2024 at 3:56AM February 12th, 2024 9:58AM
The Greater Metro Junior 'A' Hockey League has announced the fourth and final 'Players of the Month' of the year for January of this 2023-2024 hockey season.
The 'Players of the Month' honor is a distinction awarded to the player who is judged the best at his position & rookie (2006 born and younger and first year of junior hockey) through each month of the season.
(All total stats listed as of February 9th, 2024)
Forward – Alexandre Dubuc, West Nipissing Lynx
If you take a look at the league leaders this season in Points and assists you are bound to find our January Forward of the months name at or near the top. Alexandre Dubuc has put together the most prolific scoring season in the history of the West Nipissing Lynx already clinching single season franchise records in both points (96) and assists (72, also the 21st highest single season total in GMHL history) with 3 games still left to play in the season. In January Dubuc was on fire, helping the Lynx to their best single month record of the year as they went 6-1-0 while Dubuc had 23 Points in those 7 games (3G,20A) and was one of the 3 stars of the game in 5 of those 6 wins (2nd star four times and 3rd star once). Before joining the Lynx, the 2005 born Dubuc played minor hockey with the North Bay Trappers AAA and AA programs and spent parts of two seasons with the French River Rapids of the NOJHL.
Defenceman – Eric Stephenson, North York Renegades
The Renegades held their opponents to just 10 total goals in their 5-1 January and defenseman Eric Stephenson was a huge reason why. The 2nd runner-up for this years Best Defenseman award in the South Division, Stephenson has paired with Renegades captain Jedi Somersall to help make this Renegades blueline one of the top units in the league. Offensively Stephenson had 1 Goal and 5 Assists as a Point per Game D-man for North York and will be relied upon to be a huge piece of what the Renegades are hopping is the run to their first Russell Cup. On the season the 2004 born Toronto local has 32 points (good enough for 9th in the league amongst defenseman) and is a career high from his first year of junior played with the Renegades last season.
Goaltender – Maxim Audet, Ville-Marie Pirates
2004 born goaltender Maxim Audet was asked to play 3 huge games in January and he performed as well as any goalie in the league this season. He faced the league leading Rattlers twice and made 48 saves in defeat in Bradford before handing the Rattlers their regulation first loss in 27 games (3 months) making 27 saves in the process. In his non Rattler opponent start in January he blanked the rival Titans making 29 saves as the 1st star of the game. As a whole in January Audet compiled a 2.66 GG to attribute to a league leading 1.18 GAA on the season as his 13 wins are tied for second in the North division .902 Save Percentage also has the Amos, Quebec local among the leagues upper echelon. Prior to joining the Pirates last season, Audet played for Filon Or et des Bois.
Rookie – Yaroslav Morozov, Toronto Flyers
The Toronto Flyers have uncovered a truly gifted young player in the form of South Division Rookie of the Year winner 2008 born forward Yaroslav Morozov. Even though the season hasn’t been the most fruitful in terms of wins for the Flyers the future looks bright if they can continue to add and develop elite young talent like Morozov. The Flyers earned their 5th win of the season in January against the Predators and In that game Morozov put on a show, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists including the Game Winning Goal and 1st star in that game. In January Morozov scored 8 goals in 7 games to go along with 4 assists for 12 points and in just 9 games has put together 15 points which has in 11th all time for U16 players in league history in a single season (each player above him as at least 16 games played and his 1.67 PPG in this category is an all-time league best).