Alexis Lafrenière

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Alexis Lafrenière
Born (2001-10-11) October 11, 2001 (age 18)
Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
QMJHL team Rimouski Océanic
NHL Draft Eligible 2020
Playing career TBD–present

Alexis Lafrenière (born October 11, 2001) is a Canadian major junior ice hockey player currently playing for Rimouski Océanic of the QMJHL. Selected first overall by the Rimouski Océanic in 2017, he was awarded the QMJHL Rookie of the Year award and was named to the First All-Star team in his rookie season. Lafrenière is also the projected first overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

Lafrenière has represented Canada internationally at the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championships, 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, and the 2020 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. As the captain of Team Canada's junior team, Lafrenière led them to a gold medal at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Lafrenière was selected first overall in the 2017 QMJHL draft by Rimouski Océanic. In his rookie season he scored 42 goals, the most goals scored by a rookie since Sidney Crosby in 2004.[1] He was awarded the RDS Cup as QMJHL rookie of the year and was named to the First All-Star team.[2]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2020 Czech Republic
Hlinka Gretzky Cup
Gold medal – first place 2018 Edmonton/Red Deer

Lafrenière was the youngest player selected for Team Canada's U18 team at the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championships at the age of 16.[3] He later captained Team Canada at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup tournament, despite being the second youngest on the roster.[4] Lafreniere led the tournament with 11 points in five games, helping Canada win gold.[5]

In December 2018, Lafrenière was named to Team Canada's 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship roster.[6] He was the youngest member on the roster and the ninth-youngest forward ever to represent Canada in the World Juniors.[7] He scored his first, and only, goal of the tournament during Canada's 5–1 win over the Czech Republic.[7] Canada was later eliminated by Team Finland in the quarterfinals.[8]

In December 2019, he was named to Team Canada's 2020 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship roster. After a 4-point performance in the team's 6–4 win against the United States in the tournament opener, Lafrenière suffered a lower-body injury the following game after colliding with the Russian goalie on a chance in the second period.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2017–18 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 60 42 38 80 54 7 4 3 7 12
2018–19 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 61 37 68 105 72 13 9 14 23 14
QMJHL totals 121 79 106 185 126 20 13 17 30 26

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2017 Canada Red U17 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 3 3 6 0
2018 Canada U18 5th 5 4 2 6 2
2018 Canada HG18 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 5 6 11 2
2019 Canada WJC 6th 5 1 0 1 2
2020 Canada WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 4 6 10 4
Junior totals 26 17 17 34 10

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year Ref
QMJHL
QMJHL All-Rookie Team 2018 [9]
QMJHL First All-Star Team 2018
Rookie of the Year 2018
Michel Bergeron Trophy 2018 [10]
International
World Junior Championships – Tournament MVP 2020 [11]
World Junior Championships – Tournament All-Star Team 2020

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comparisons to Sidney Crosby not easy for Alexis Lafreniere to ignore - Sportsnet.ca". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  2. ^ "SALDA NAMED TO QMJHL ROOKIE ALL-STAR TEAM – Saint John Sea Dogs". sjseadogs.com. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  3. ^ Brien, David (April 19, 2018). "Big names from the QMJHL are representing Team Canada at the U18 Worlds". theqmjhl.ca. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Spector, Mark (August 9, 2018). "Lafreniere, 2020 draft class steal the spotlight at Hlinka Gretzky Cup". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Rimouski's Alexis Lafreniere checking all the boxes to be future NHL star". sportsnet.ca. November 22, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "World Junior Championship rosters". NHL.com. December 26, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Dhiren Mahiban (January 2, 2019). "World Juniors 2019: Alexis Lafreniere taking lessons in stride under Canada's microscope". sportingnews.com. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Traikos, Michael (January 2, 2019). "CANADA FINN-ISHED: Finland steals WJC champion team's thunder with OT victory in quarterfinals". National Post. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "The 2018 Golden Puck Awards: a night to remember!". theqmjhl.ca. April 5, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  10. ^ "Océanic organization, players rewarded for their stellar seasons". theqmjhl.ca. March 24, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Media All Stars" (PDF). IIHF. January 5, 2020. Retrieved January 7, 2020.

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