Olivier Hinse wins Guy Lafleur Award
Concordia Stingers captain Olivier Hinse was presented the Guy Lafleur Award of Excellence at a press conference hosted by the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre this afternoon.
The award is presented annually to a Quebec university hockey player who has excelled in athletics and academics and shown exceptional leadership. The award comes with a $6000 scholarship spread over a three-year period.
Hinse was selected by a committee made up of representatives from the media, the hockey community and the field of education.
Hinse enjoyed phenomenal success on and off the ice in 2014-15. He was presented the Dr. Randy Gregg Award as the Canadian university men’s hockey player who best combines athletics, academics and community service at the CIS All-Canadian Gala in March. It is the first time in Concordia men’s hockey history that a member of the Stingers earns this prestigious award. It is only the second time a player from a Quebec-based university is the recipient.
Hinse was also named Concordia’s Male Athlete of the Year in April.
On the ice Hinse, a third-year centre from Sherbrooke, Que., was one of the most prolific scorers in the country, tying for the OUA lead and finishing second in CIS with 18 goals in 26 league games. Four of those markers came shorthanded, the most by any player in the nation, and he also added 13 assists to finish 10th in OUA scoring with 31 points.
He was named an assistant captain for the 2012-13 season, becoming the youngest player in school history to earn an A on his sweater, and was named the Stingers captain for the 2014-15 campaign.
When he’s not on the ice, Hinse is a leader in both the community and the classroom. He maintains a 3.09 GPA in Child Studies and has been actively involved in several community initiatives including volunteering as an assistant coach for a local junior AAA hockey team, coaching at Stingers hockey schools, participating in the Stingers community skating party, taking part in the Centraide Walk and helping at L'Abri en Ville unloading crates of fruit that are sold to help fund the integration of mentally challenged adults into the community.