February 27, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – For the second time in her three-year CIS career, Hayley Wickenheiser is the Canada West women’s hockey Player of the Year.
With 115 points in just 53 conference games as a member of the Dinos since 2010, the Canadian national team captain has continued to elevate the play in Canada West and across the country in CIS women’s hockey. Her 43 points in 22 games this season led Canada West as she posted 16 goals and 27 assists along with an impressive +36 rating on the year.
Wickenheiser led the conference in goals, assists, points, game-winning goals, and plus-minus on the season, sparking the Dinos to their best record in history at 23-4-1 and a second straight first-place finish.
Playing in virtually every situation for the Dinos and at any point on the ice, the two-time CIS All-Canadian and 2011 national player of the year continues to make those around her better while providing leadership and an example off the ice. The MVP of last season’s national championship game, which brought the CIS title to Calgary for the first time ever, Wickenheiser has been named the Canada West Top 8 Academic All-Canadian for two years running as she studies toward her Kinesiology degree.
“I’m really pleased that Hayley received the award this year,” said Calgary bench boss Danielle Goyette. “She has made a major difference not just for our team, but for the entire conference, and I really believe that since she entered the league the quality of play has gotten better across the board. She’s raising the level of hockey, and that’s one of the things we’re trying to do is make this league as good and competitive as it can be.”
Wickenheiser and the Dinos face the upstart UBC Thunderbirds this weekend for the Canada West title. Both teams have already qualified to represent Canada West at the CIS championship in Toronto March 7-10.
After a sensational freshman campaign, Alberta Pandas winger Jessica Kampjes has been voted Rookie of the Year.
The St. Albert, Alta., born forward led all first year players in points this season by scoring a freshmen best 10 goals, as well as seven assists for 17 points in her first 28 CIS regular season games. Her 10 goals were the 16th highest output in Canada West and the 30th most goals in the entire country. Kampjes also scored a pair of game winning goals for the Pandas, which ties her for the team lead and 11th in the conference.
She helped the Pandas, the most successful program in CIS women’s hockey history, to a 16-9-3 regular season record and a 16th consecutive conference playoff berth. Alberta defeated Saskatchewan in two straight games in the quarterfinals, but then lost in three games to the defending CIS champion Calgary Dinos. In six playoff games, Kampjes scored two goals and four points.
“She is a strong, powerful player that can be dominant when she is on the ice,” said 16-year Alberta head coach Howie Draper. “The more comfortable she becomes playing at the CIS level, the more I think we’ll see her performing at the top of the league.”
Tanya Morgan, the fifth-year captain of the Dinos, is the first University of Calgary player to be named the Canada West nominee for the Marion Hilliard Student-Athlete Award.
The honour is presented annually to recognize outstanding performance in hockey, academics, and community service, and Morgan is a worthy recipient. A CIS Academic All-Canadian studying toward a degree in kinesiology with a major in mind sciences, Morgan is an outstanding student and sets a solid example for her teammates in the classroom. On the ice, she is the team’s captain and finished eighth in the conference in scoring with 26 points on the year – including a hat trick and a six-point effort in the last regular season game of her career. She was also the hero in triple overtime for the Dinos in last week’s conference semi-final series, finally ending the marathon game after more than 33 minutes of OT to give the Dinos the upper hand in the series.
Morgan is also heavily involved in the community. A longtime power skating instructor, Morgan has recently gotten into coaching, working with hockey academies in the off-season. She has olunteered with a hockey tournament for terminally ill children in her hometown of Grande Prairie, and she has been an on-ice volunteer for Hockey Ministries International camps since 2011. Morgan is also the luminary co-chair of the University of Calgary’s Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Since 2010, she has worked with the ‘Stepping Out’ program at the University of Calgary. The program aims to improve fitness, body awareness, quality of life, and social skills for young adults with autism spectrum disorder, and Morgan works as a program coordinator with other practicum students from the Faculty of Kinesiology. Working in groups with 3-5 young adults with ASD, her role includes tracking daily activity and workouts along with supervision on outings to museums, skating, basketball, and other activities.
“Over the past five years, Tanya has become a go-to player for our coaching staff,” said Dinos head coach Danielle Goyette. “As a leader, she is very responsible and the team is always her first priority. She pays close attention to her studies and sets an example for young players in the classroom, and she understands the importance of giving back to the community and the sport of hockey. She is a truly inspirational, wellrounded leader and we are honoured to have her as our captain.”
In his first year at the helm, Coach of the Year Graham Thomas led the UBC Thunderbirds to the greatest turnaround in CIS women’s hockey history. Thomas took over a team that finished with just one win in 2011-12 Canada West regular season and transformed the ‘Birds into one of the top teams in the conference.
UBC finished the regular season with a record of 17-7-4, good enough for third place in the conference standings and the first playoff home date in the program’s history.
Thomas, a Calgary native, came to UBC from Syracuse University, where he had been with the women’s hockey team as an associate coach for four years, helping to build the program from the ground up. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in 2007-08, leading the team to a first-place tie in the regular season standings of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference, with a record of 26-8-2.
“Being voted coach of the year by your peers is a wonderful honour, especially in a tough conference and in your first season as head coach,” said Theresa Hanson, UBC Associate Director of Intercollegiate & High Performance Sport. Graham has worked hard to turn our women’s hockey program around and I’m really proud of the entire team and coaching staff.”
Here are the women’s hockey Award winners & All-Stars:
Player of the Year: Hayley Wickenheiser, Calgary
Rookie of the Year: Jessica Kampjes, Alberta
Marion Hilliard CIS Student-Athlete Award nominee: Tanya Morgan, Calgary
Coach of the Year: Graham Thomas, UBC
First Team Second Team
G: Danielle Dube, UBC Amanda Tapp, Calgary
D: Caitlin Macdonald, Manitoba Christi Capozzi, UBC
D: Stephanie Ramsay, Calgary Riana Magee, Alberta
F: Iya Gavrilova, Calgary Nellie Minshull, Manitoba
F: Hayley Wickenheiser, Calgary Tatiana Rafter, UBC
F: Cara Wooster, Saskatchewan Rianne Wight, Regina
Previous selections by this year’s All-Stars
Iya Gavrilova, Cgy 2012 1st
Caitlin Macdonald, Man 2011 2nd 2010 1st & CIS Rookie of the Year
Nellie Minshull, Man 2012 2nd
Stephanie Ramsay, Cgy 2012 1st 2009 1st (w/Alberta)
Amanda Tapp, Cgy 2011 2nd
Hayley Wickenheiser, Cgy 2012 1st 2011 1st
Rianne Wight, Reg 2011 2nd
Cara Wooster 2012 2nd 2011 2nd
Award winners are now finalists for national awards, to be handed out by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) at the 2013 championships, hosted by the University of Toronto, March 7-10.
This weekend’s best-of-three Canada West final between the Calgary Dinos and UBC Thunderbirds opens on Friday in Calgary, with both teams already having qualified for Nationals.
About Canada West Universities Athletic Association
Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year, 1997 to 2010. Comprised of 16 schools from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada West produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games.
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