Canada West Rookie of the Year Cam Hundal (Surrey, B.C.) was named the 2011 CIS National Championship Tournament MVP following the Vikes’ three straight victories to their first men’s soccer CIS title since 2004.
Adding to his impressive week, Canada West announced Hundal as the Male Athlete of the Week for the week of Nov. 7-13.
Since Hundal joined the Vikes, it has been non-stop magic. A first-year social sciences major, Hundal has combined for eight points in the regular season scoring 3 goals and assisting 5 goals. Pairing up with fellow freshman, Craig Gorman, of Victoria, B.C., the Hundal-Gorman connection amassed ten Canada West conference goals – with Gorman ending the season as the leading goal scorer for the Vikes.
Hundal’s ability to assist and connect with Gorman, helped earn himself the title as a Canada West second team All-Star and push the first-year Gorman to the first team All-Star. As well, Hundal was awarded the Canada West Rookie of the Year.
Though Hundal did not pick-up the CIS Rookie of the Year award, losing to Montreal’s Alexandre Haddad, Hundal proved why he deserved to be crowned a CIS National Champion. Hundal sparked chants of “CAM-V-P” in game one, on Nov. 10 against Montreal, as his two-way efforts had the crowd of over 2200 people on their feet every time he touched the ball.
Hundal was a force to contend with in all three Championship games after being named player of the game in the quarter-final, tallying one goal and one assist in the semifinal and finishing two spectacular goals, including the game-winner, in the gold medal final. Following the championship game, Hundal was again named Team Sales Player of the Game, and was then named a tournament All-Star and with great approval of the 3000-plus crowd, the “CAM-V-P” of the tournament.
Hundal, now a National Champion in only his first year, can look forward to four more seasons with the Vikes.
Head coach Bruce Wilson said of the pair, “They are great players. They are young and I know one thing about Gorman: when Cam get’s the ball, Gorman gets in front of the goal and he doesn’t miss. And I am going to coach another four years, just to see out their five years.”
Video Highlights from the National Championship are available online:
Quarter-Finals: UVic vs. Montreal
Semifinals: UVic vs. Cape Breton
Finals: UVic vs. SMU