Halifax Mooseheads forward Jonathan Drouin has something else to celebrate before Sunday night’s Memorial Cup championship game.
The 18-year-old top-rated 2013 NHL draft prospect was named CCM Player of the Year by the Canadian Hockey League at their annual awards ceremony celebrating the best in major junior hockey.
Drouin is the first player to claim the award in a first NHL draft-eligible year since Cole Harbour’s Sidney Crosby won the award with the Rimouski Oceanic in 2005.
He claimed 41 goals and 64 assists in this year’s 49-game season, with an impressive plus-minus rating of plus 49.
Drouin adds this award to his trophies for the Quebec Major Junior League regular season and the playoff most valuable player awards.
Drouin wasn’t the only Mooseheads member to win at the CHL awards. Coach Dominique Ducharme, 40, took home the Old Dutch Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year.
Ducharme led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team to a CHL-best 58-win season, finishing the 2012-2013 season with 120 points.
This is both Drouin’s a Ducharme’s second season with the Mooseheads.
Drouin was also nominated for the Jack Link’s Top Prospect of the Year but that award went to Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks — the Mooseheads Memorial Cup rivals in Sunday night's championship game.