Alex Wall, recipient of the Gaétan-Duchesne TrophyMar 14, 2011 - 06:11 CDT
Written By: de Québec, Remparts
The Québec Remparts organization announced Sunday that defenseman Alex Wall had been named recipient of the Gaétan-Duchesne Trophy, awarded each year to the best defensive player on the team. This trophy can be awarded to either a defensive forward or a defenseman having demonstrated the best defensive qualities.
Gaétan Duchesne played for the Remparts from 1979 to 1982, and was Assistant Coach from 2000 to 2002. Throughout his 14-season career in the National Hockey League, he was always recognized for his defensive qualities. When he passed away suddenly on April 16, 2007, the Remparts organization decided to create a trophy in his honour beginning with the 2007-2008 season.
A 5th round choice (81st overall) in the 2006 draft, Alex Wall is in his fourth season in the QMJHL and his first in the Remparts uniform. After beginning his junior career with the St. John’s Fog Devils, who became the Montreal Junior in 2008, he finished last season with the Moncton Wildcats. Traded to the Québec Remparts last June, his presence has brought much experience to the team’s blue line.
In the 65 games this season, Alex Wall has a 5-43-48 record and an impressive +43 rating, the best on the team and the 6th best among players in the Courteau circuit. He is also enjoying the best offensive season of his career.
Alex Wall follows Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (2009-2010), Mikaël Tam (2008-2009) and Marc-Olivier Vallerand, the first player to be awarded this honour in 2007-2008.