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Cape Breton Eagles forward earns QMJHL award nomination

Shawn Element of the Cape Breton Eagles, right, takes a shot on Emerik Despatie of the Quebec Remparts during Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action at Centre 200 on Wednesday. Despatie would make the save on the play. Cape Breton won the game 6-1.
Cape Breton Eagles forward Shawn Element has been nominated for the Guy Carbonneau Trophy awarded to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's best defensive forward. JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRETON POST
SYDNEY, N.S. —

Cape Breton Eagles forward Shawn Element has been nominated for the Guy Carbonneau Trophy awarded to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's best defensive forward.

Element split this past season between the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and the Eagles, coming to Cape Breton in a Dec. 27, 2019 trade.

All season the power forward played a bruising game to keep opponents in check.

His 153 hits were a league-best among forwards. His five short-handed goals were third-best in the league and he was second in the QMJHL in short-handed points in 2019-20.

The 19-year-old forward posted an impressive +20 rating in the 29 games he played with the Eagles following the trade.

The Victoriaville native collected 62 points in 61 games this season, and tied for fifth in the QMJHL with 38 goals.

The QMJHL will begin to announce the winners of the 2019-20 Golden Puck Awards on April 22.

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