(ISN) – University of Saskatchewan men’s hockey captain Kyle Ross was honoured by the Canada West with two major awards.
Ross, a fifth-year forward from Regina, was given the UBC Hockey Alumni Trophy for Sportsmanship and Ability, as well as the Dr. Randy Gregg Award for Athletic Ability, Academics and Citizenship.
Ross joined the Huskies in 2009-10 after transferring to the University of Saskatchewan to study in the College of Law. As a Law student, Ross has shown extreme discipline to help guide the Huskies’ to the playoffs in all three seasons – the last two as captain. He has consistently been an Academic All-Canadian and is on his way again in 2011-12 with an 85% average.
On top of captain duties and demanding school priorities, the forward had a career-best season recording 16 goals and 17 assists in 28 games. Ross recorded eight power play goals, had a +14 rating and tallied just 26 penalty minutes. He finished the season fourth in conference scoring and was part of a line that dominated the season tallying a combined 116 points.
“Kyle not only leads our team in every aspect on and off the ice, but he has been a top point producer for us in all three years,” said Huskie head coach Dave Adolph. “He leads by example and challenges all of our players to be exemplary in the classroom and be a representative of our program off the ice and on. He is a veracious competitor and asks everyone to follow his lead. He plays with an edge that every coach would want from a competitive athlete. He has a set of core values that will not be compromised and yet he understands and accepts everyone for who they are. When you think of our 2011-12 team and its identity, you will most likely think of Kyle Ross.”
Ross was also named a Canada West Second Team All-Star. It is his the third time he has been named to a Canada West all-star team. It is also the second time he has won the Dr. Randy Gregg Award. He won the award in 2008-09 as a member of the Regina Cougars. He becomes the 15th Huskie all-time to win the Sportsmanship and Ability Award and the third to win the Dr. Randy Gregg Award.
Derek Hulak and Kyle Bortis were each named Canada West First Team All-Stars, while Matthew Delahey was also named a Canada West Second Team All-Star.
Hulak won the Dave “Sweeney” Schriner Scoring Trophy after leading the conference with 11 goals and 33 assists in 28 games. His linemate, Bortis, sat directly behind with 17 goals and 22 assists. Delahey finished the season as the Huskies’ top offensive defenceman with six goals, 11 assists and a +10 rating. It is the first all-star selection for all three.
Ross is in the running to win both awards at the CIS level. Hulak and Bortis are eligible to be named a CIS All-Canadian. All will be announced at the CIS awards ceremony on March 21.