Rimouski Oceanic defenceman Charle-Edouard D’Astous excelled on the ice while also serving as an ambassador in his hometown community of Rimouski, Que., in helping to raise $3,500 for the Rimouski Regional Hospital Foundation, for which he also served as a spokesperson. The 21-year-old was also involved with several other local charitable causes.
On the ice, D’Astous collected 14 goals and 52 assists for 66 points to lead all QMJHL defencemen in scoring, including a league-leading 25 assists on the power play, helping him land a two-year contract with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, the minor-league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.
Originally selected in the fourth round of the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft, D’Astous has tallied 49 goals and 132 assists for 181 points in 244 career games.
D’Astous is the first QMJHL player to win the award since Danick Martel (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) in 2015, and the second from his team to win following Philippe Sauve in 1999. Finalists for the Kia Humanitarian of the Year Award this year included Will Warm of the Edmonton Oil Kings and Nicholas Canade of the Mississauga Steelheads.