Lafrenière – the presumed No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft – won his second player title par excellence in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Thursday, becoming the second player in history to win consecutive trophies Michel Briere memorial.
NHL star Sidney Crosby, who made the announcement on Thursday, won the player of the day honors in 2004 and 2005 when he was a member of the Oceanic.
Lafrenière, 18, led the QMJHL with 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) in 52 games when the season was interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also stood out at the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship, where he was named the most useful player and the best striker. He scored four goals and six assists in five games with Canada for the gold medal in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Lafreniere of Saint-Eustache, Que., Was the QMJHL rookie of the year in 2017-2018 when he scored 42 goals – the highest number of a rookie since Crosby scored 54 in 2003-2004.
In total, Lafreniere has 114 goals and 297 points in 173 games in three seasons with Rimouski.
Lafreniere joins Ross 67 forward Marco Rossi and Spokane chief forward Adam Beckman – who were named the MVPs of the Ontario and Western Major Leagues on Thursday – as as candidates for the Canadian Hockey League player of the year title.