Well-Deserved For Josh

Josh Gorges voted the 2011-12  Jacques Beauchamps-Molson Trophy Recipient 

Press Release – From Canadiens.com

MONTREAL – Members of the media covering the Montreal Canadiens voted defenseman Josh Gorges as the 2011-12 recipient of the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to the member of the Canadiens who played a dominant role during the regular season, without earning any particular honor. Gorges, who won the award in 2009-10, succeeds Roman Hamrlik who was the recipient in 2010-11.

Gorges received the most first-place votes in the race for the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy, earning 140 points in the overall standings, ahead of forward David Desharnais (102 points) and defenseman Alexei Emelin (44 points).

A native of Kelowna, British Columbia, Gorges leads the Canadiens at even strength with a total of 1,447:44 minutes of play, averaging 18:19 minutes of ice time per game. He is first on the team and second in the NHL on the penalty kill with 303:56 minutes of play, an average of 3:50 minutes per game (third in the NHL). Gorges ranks second with the Canadiens in overall ice time, with 1785:49 minutes of play, averaging 22:36 minutes of ice time per game.

Gorges leads the Canadiens with a +11 plus-minus differential and ranks third on the team with 125 hits. He leads all NHL players with 243 blocked shots. Gorges is one of two Canadiens’ players to appear in all the team’s games this season, after missing Montreal’s last 46 games in 2010-11 with a knee injury.

The 6’1’’, 201 lbs defenseman played his 300th career game with the Canadiens on December 15 against Philadelphia. Gorges took part in his 400th NHL career game on December 22 at Winnipeg.

Created in 1981 to honor the memory of the legendary sportswriter who spent most of his professional career covering the Canadiens, the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy was first awarded to Doug Jarvis following the  1981-82 season.

Josh Gorges will be presented with the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy during a ceremony prior to Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.

2011-12 Jacques-Beauchamp-Molson Trophy Rankings


Josh Gorges 140
David Desharnais 102
Alexei Emelin 44
Mathieu Darche 32
Lars Eller 25

8 thoughts on “Well-Deserved For Josh”

  1. Danno, they haven’t called and I don’t mind saying that I’m getting quite pissed off about this.

  2. Gorges deserves awards but I’m surprised it’s for being under appreciated. He’s been our best defenceman and effectively been our captain most of the year. Most articles on canadiens.com include a quote from him.

  3. What a stupid excuse for a trophy. It should recognize accomplishment. Unrecognization is not an accomplishment. Unrecognization is probably not a word, unless you’re Sarah Palin………. How about most blocked shots or most hits or most handsome dude.

  4. Hobo, good point, but I look at it as more of an unsung hero award, one given out to a player who isn’t going to win any of the major awards, like the Norris or Hart.
    Gorges should be recognized somehow, and he does more than block shots. He’s a leader and a warrior, and I think the award is trying to celebrate a bunch of things done well, usually under the radar, or not publicized as much as the superstars.

  5. totally agree gorges should be recognized with a trophy, but a trophy with a name like that degrades his great contribution. It is thoughtless bureaucratic bullshit and shows the corporation’s stupidity and insincerity while trying to distract the fans from their brutal performance.

  6. I agree with Hobo, the team should create it’s own set of important trophies only judging players on the team similar to the ones given by the league.

    For me he’d easily win the Robinson for best defenseman (Norris)
    I’d also give him the Beliveau for leadership (Messier), but it would be a closer race with Gill. I wouldn’t rule out a player even if he’s no longer with the team, but it would be hard to win.

    The team should also have it’s own version of other important trophies
    ??? to Price or Cole (Hart)
    ??? to Emelin (Calder)
    ??? unavailable this year (Smythe)

    and maybe some minor ones
    the Gainey to Plekanec (Selke)
    the Dryden to Price (Vezina)
    ??? to Desharnais (Byng)

    less interesting are trophies given just by statistics

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