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by George Malik on 05/24/14 at 02:38 PM ET
Red Wings prospect and Val-d'Or Foreurs forward Anthony Mantha's team was eliminated in the Memorial Cup semifinal last night, but Mantha won't go back to Val-d'Or, where the Foreurs will hold their QMJHL championship parade on Monday, empty-handed. At the CHL's Awards banquet in London, Ontario, Mantha was named the CHL's Player of the Year, the equivalent of the MVP across the WHL, OHL and QMJHL's respective Major Junior leagues:
Mantha registered 1 goal and 3 assists in 4 Memorial Cup games, but he also registered 57 goals, 63 assists and 120 points in 57 regular season games with Val-d'Or, and another 24 goals, 14 assists and 38 points in 24 playoff games as the Foreurs captured the QMJHL's President's Cup championship.
Update: Quoth Sportsnet:
Anthony Mantha of the Val-d’Or Foreurs is the Canadian Hockey League’s player of the year.
The 19-year-old right-winger scored 81 goals in 81 regular-season and playoff games for the Foreurs.
The CHL combines the Western, Ontario and Quebec major junior hockey leagues.
Mantha, from Longueuil, Que., is a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings.
He had a goal and three assists in three games at the Memorial Cup.
The Foreurs lost in triple overtime to the Edmonton Oil Kings in the semifinal.
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