The 21st Annual BLG Awards: CIS athlete of the year nominees announced


OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport and nationallaw firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) announced Wednesday theeight finalists for the 21st Annual BLG Awards.

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The BLG Awards were established in 1993 to recognize the topfemale and male athletes from universities affiliated with CIS.

On Monday, April 29, the eight national nominees will behonoured at the John Bassett Theatre, in the Metro TorontoConvention Centre.

One female and one male winner will receive a$10,000 post-graduate scholarship, while all finalists will returnhome with a commemorative gold ring.

The only previous presentation of the event in Toronto, in 2009,proved a resounding success, as more than 1,000 guests were on handat the John Bassett Theatre. Calgary has played host to the awardsgala on 18 occasions, including last year’s 20th anniversaryedition, while Vancouver was the site of the 2011ceremony.

The awards show will premiere on Sportsnet on Tuesday, May28 (see schedule below).

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“We are extremely excited to be hosting the 21st BLGAwards in Toronto,” said Doug Mitchell, National Co-Chair ofBLG, which created the Awards. “We continue to be amazed bythe talents and accomplishments of these outstanding athletes. Eachyear, as we follow the past winners and hear about theiraccomplishments or what they are involved in, we realize howimportant their university sports background has been to them. Wecongratulate the universities who have provided the great educationand athletic programs for these students to succeed in theircareers.”

“To be nominated for the BLG Awards is one of the mostprestigious honours our 11,000 student-athletes can aspire to intheir university careers,” said Pierre Lafontaine, chiefexecutive officer of CIS. “This year’s nominees are allexceptional athletes who are also leaders on their campuses and intheir communities, and they are truly the future of ourcountry.”

The 2013 nominees for the Jim Thompson Trophy presented to thefemale BLG Award recipient are basketball player Justine Colleyfrom Saint Mary’s University, hockey player MélodieDaoust from McGill University, rugby player Britt Benn from theUniversity of Guelph, as well as volleyball player Shanice Marcellefrom the University of British Columbia, who was also nominated in2011.

Colley, a fourth-year guard from East Preston,N.S., was named CIS player of the year in women’s basketballafter she led the country in scoring for the third straight seasonwith a remarkable average of 28.2 points per game. The commercestudent guided the Huskies to the AUS title and a program-bestthird-place finish at the CIS championship.

Daoust, a second-year forward from Valleyfield,Que., became the first player in CIS women’s hockey historyto be named the nation’s top rookie and player of the year inback-to-back seasons. The physical and health education sophomorecaptured the CIS scoring crown with a Quebec conference record 54points in 20 games, guiding the Martlets to a perfect 20-0 mark inleague play.

Benn, a fifth-year centre from Napanee, Ont.,was voted CIS MVP in women’s rugby after she tallied anOUA-best 80 points and 16 tries in only six conference matches. Inthe playoffs, the sociology student helped the Gryphons claim theOUA banner and a silver medal at the CIS championship.

Marcelle, a fifth-year outside hitter fromVictoria, wrapped up one of the most decorated careers in CISwomen’s volleyball history. After being named CIS player ofthe year for the second time in three seasons, the kinesiologystudent guided the Thunderbirds to a fifth national title in asmany campaigns with the team and was voted a CIS championshipall-star for the fifth time.

On the men’s side, the finalists for the Doug MitchellTrophy are hockey player Lucas Bloodoff from Saint Mary’s,wrestler David Tremblay from Concordia University, soccer playerGagan Dosanjh from UBC, as well as football player Kyle Quinlanfrom McMaster University, who is nominated for the second straightyear.

Bloodoff, a third-year forward from Castlegar,B.C., earned CIS MVP honours in men’s hockey after he led theAUS with 20 goals and 38 points in 28 league games, including aCIS-leading 12 power play markers. The commerce student then helpedthe Huskies to a pair of second-place finishes at the conferenceand national championships.

Tremblay, a fifth-year senior from StoneyPoint, Ont., wrapped up an unblemished varsity career this winterwhen he became only the fourth male wrestler in CIS history toclaim a fifth gold medal in as many seasons at the nationalchampionship. The arts student earned his second CIS malewrestler-of-the-year award and finished his career with an 80-0record at Canadian university meets.

Dosanjh, a third-year striker from Abbotsford,B.C., led Canada West in goals (12) and points (21) in 14 leaguesgames en route to conference player-of-the-year honours. Thekinesiology student then scored a tournament-high four goals inthree matches at the CIS championship and was named MVP of thecompetition after he guided the T-Birds to the national title.

Quinlan, a fifth-year quarterback from SouthWoodslee, Ont., claimed the Hec Crighton Trophy after he led thecountry with 19 touchdown passes in eight conference games whileadding seven rushing majors, tops among CIS pivots. The economicsstudent helped the Marauders repeat as OUA champions and reach theVanier Cup national final for the second consecutiveyear.

The BLG Awards are based on athletic accomplishments,outstanding sportsmanship and leadership. Each of the 54 CISschools selects one female and one male athlete of the year. Fromthese nominees, one female and one male athlete are chosen withineach of the four regional associations: Atlantic University Sport(AUS), Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec(RSEQ), Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canada WestUniversities Athletic Association (CWUAA). To be eligible, astudent-athlete must have competed in a CIS sport for a minimum oftwo years and cannot be a previous recipient of a BLG Award.

All nominees receive a commemorative gold ring and winners arepresented with a trophy and a $10,000 scholarship to attend aCanadian university graduate school. Winners are selected by theCanadian Athletic Foundation, a not-for-profit board establishedfor the purpose of administering the BLG Awards and protecting theintegrity of the selection process. The CAF Board of Trusteesconsists of 21 members from five Canadian cities representing majorcorporations from across the country who are committed to ensuringthat Canadian university athletes receive the recognition theydeserve.


East: 7 p.m. ET (before Can Soccer)
Ontario: 7 p.m. ET (before Can Soccer)
West: 9 p.m. MT (after Can Soccer / Connected)
Pacific: 9 p.m. PT (after Can Soccer / Connected)
ONE: 10 p.m. ET

2013 FemaleBLG Award Nominees (Jim Thompson Trophy):

AUS: Justine Colley, basketball, Saint Mary’s (EastPreston, N.S.)
RSEQ: Mélodie Daoust, hockey, McGill (Valleyfield, Que.)
OUA: Britt Benn, rugby, Guelph (Napanee, Ont.)
CWUAA: Shanice Marcelle, volleyball, UBC (Victoria, B.C.)

2013 Male BLGAward Nominees (Doug Mitchell Trophy):

AUS: Lucas Bloodoff, hockey, Saint Mary’s (Castlegar,B.C.)
RSEQ: David Tremblay, wrestling, Concordia (Stoney Point, Ont.)
OUA: Kyle Quinlan, football, McMaster (South Woodslee, Ont.)
CWUAA: Gagan Dosanjh, soccer, UBC (Abbotsford, B.C.)

Past BLG AwardWinners:

2011-12: Ann-Sophie Bettez (McGill – hockey) /Marc-André Dorion (McGill – hockey)
2010-11: Jessica Clemençon (Windsor – basketball) /Tyson Hinz (Carleton – basketball)
2009-10: Liz Cordonier (UBC – volleyball) / Erik Glavic(Calgary – football)
2008-09: Annamay Pierse (UBC – swimming) / Joel Schmuland (Alberta- volleyball)
2007-08: Laetitia Tchoualack (Montreal – volleyball) / Rob Hennigar(UNB – hockey)
2006-07: Jessica Zelinka (Calgary – track & field) / JoshHowatson (Trinity Western – volleyball)
2005-06: Marylène Laplante (Laval – volleyball) / OsvaldoJeanty (Carleton – basketball)
2004-05: Adrienne Power (Dalhousie – track & field) / JesseLumsden (McMaster – football)
2003-04: Joanna Niemczewska (Calgary – volleyball) / Adam Ens(Saskatchewan – volleyball)
2002-03: Kim St-Pierre (McGill – hockey) / Ryan McKenzie (Windsor -cross country & track)
2001-02: Elizabeth Warden (Toronto – swimming) / Brian Johns (UBC -swimming)
2000-01: Leighann Doan (Calgary – basketball) / Kojo Aidoo(McMaster – football)
1999-00: Jenny Cartmell (Alberta – volleyball) / Michael Potts(Western Ontario – soccer)
1998-99: Corinne Swirsky (Concordia – hockey) / Alexandre Marchand(Sherbrooke – track)
1997-98: Foy Williams (Toronto – track & field) / Titus Channer(McMaster – basketball)
1996-97: Terri-Lee Johannesson (Manitoba – basketball) / CurtisMyden (Calgary – swimming)
1995-96: Justine Ellison (Toronto – basketball) / Don Blair(Calgary – football)
1994-95: Linda Thyer (McGill – track & field) / Bill Kubas(Wilfrid Laurier – football)
1993-94: Sandra Carroll (Winnipeg – basketball) / Tim Tindale(Western Ontario – football)
1992-93: Diane Scott (Winnipeg – volleyball) / Andy Cameron(Calgary – volleyball)

VIDEO: Nomineehighlights

2012-2013FEMALE BLG AWARD NOMINEES (Jim Thompson Trophy)

AtlanticUniversity Sport (AUS)

Justine Colley
Saint Mary’s University
Sport: Basketball
Year of eligibility: 4
Academic program: Commerce
Hometown: East Preston, N.S.

To say that Justine Colley had one of the best seasons in CISwomen’s basketball history might be an understatement. And bythe time she wraps up her university career a year from now, thenative of East Preston, N.S., will without a doubt be consideredone of the all-time CIS greats.

The 5-foot-9 guard averaged a mindboggling 28.2 points per gamein league play in 2012-13, an Atlantic conference record and thehighest total in the country since former BLG Award winner SandraCarroll of Winnipeg set a CIS standard with 30.3 per contest backin ‘94-95. It marked Colley’s third consecutivenational scoring crown since she placed third in her universitydebut in ‘09-10, en route to AUS rookie-of-the-year honours.That’s as many scoring titles as Kobe Bryant and LeBron Jamescombined in 27 NBA campaigns.

The youngest of five children (two boys and three girls), Colleyplayed a multitude of other sports in junior high and high school,including volleyball, track and field, cross-country running andbadminton. Head coach Scott Munro, who previously coached one ofher sisters at Halifax-based University of King’s College, isone of many people at Saint Mary’s who are thrilled Justineended up picking basketball as her discipline of choice.

In addition to her scoring prowess this season, the commercestudent led the country in steals and was tops in her conference inassists, statistics that helped her become the first AUS player inhistory to claim the Nan Copp Award as CIS MVP. More importantly,she guided the Huskies to their first AUS title since 1977 and to aprogram-best third-place finish at the national championship.Fittingly, the 21-year-old tallied 33 points and eight steals– both tournament highs – in the CIS bronze-medal matchagainst Calgary.

The all-time Saint Mary’s scoring leader in only fourcampaigns, Colley has represented Canada at numerous internationalcompetitions over the years, including the 2009 junior worldchampionship, as well as the Pan American Games and SummerUniversiade in 2011. She should be on the radar once again in thecoming weeks as Team Canada selects its roster for the 2013Universiade in Kazan, Russia (July 6-17).

“Justine’s impact on our team and a basketball gamegoes far beyond the stats,” says Munro. “She is simplyone of the best leaders I have ever been around. Her desire tocompete and win separates her from any other student-athlete I havecoached. These people who have the total package only come aroundonce in a while.”

Réseaudu sport étudiant du Québec(RSEQ)

Mélodie Daoust
McGill University
Sport: Hockey
Year of eligibility: 2
Academic program: Physical & Health Education
Hometown: Valleyfield, Que.

Peter Smith, long-time head coach of the McGill Universitywomen’s hockey program, must have an eye for talent. How elsecan you explain that forward Mélodie Daoust is the thirdmember of the Martlets in five years – and the fourth overall- to be nominated for the BLG Award? The native of Valleyfield,Que., follows in the footsteps of former teammate Ann-SophieBettez, who claimed the trophy a year ago, as well as 2009 nomineeCharline Labonté and 2003 winner Kim St-Pierre.

There was no sophomore jinx this season for Daoust, who took theCIS women’s hockey world by storm a year ago when she won theRSEQ scoring race as a freshman – and finished third in thecountry – with 43 points in only 18 league games. In her seconduniversity campaign, the 5-foot-6 centre claimed her first CISscoring crown with a remarkable 54 points in 20 contests, whichtied the Quebec conference single-season record set by Bettez in2008-09. Her 21 goals were good for second in the nation, while her33 assists were a CIS best and set a new Quebec mark.

Thanks to those eye-popping statistics, Daoust merited theBrodrick Trophy as CIS player of the year. She became the firstplayer in CIS women’s hockey history to be named rookie ofthe year and MVP in back-to-back campaigns. Behind her stellarplay, the Martlets were the only team in the country to maintain anunblemished record in the regular season (20-0).

Daoust, a physical and health education major, has also starredfor Canada over the years and is no doubt a future candidate forthe senior national team. The 21-year-old scored the winning goalin overtime in the gold-medal game of the 2010 IIHF under-18 worldchampionship in Chicago, Ill., and last January helped the under-22program triumph at the Meco Cup tournament in Germany. She attendedthe senior squad camp last September and played in the FallFestival in Calgary.

“Mélodie is a gifted player and possesses anunbelievable skill set combined with a great mind for thegame,” says Smith, who served seven years with the nationalwomen’s program and was an assistant coach on the team thatwon Olympic gold in 2010. “She sees the game as well as anyplayer I’ve coached. Although she scores a lot of goals, herreal strength is as a playmaker. A strong leader by example, shepractices, prepares and plays with tremendous intensity andfocus.”

OntarioUniversity Athletics (OUA)

Britt Benn
University of Guelph
Sport: Rugby
Year of eligibility: 5
Academic program: Sociology
Hometown: Napanee, Ont.

Growing up with three brothers in Napanee, Ont., Britt Benn wassubjected to a very competitive environment at an early age. Nodoubt that healthy dose of “brotherly love” explains inpart why she chose the extremely physically demanding sport ofrugby.

Like many Canadians, Benn’s first love was hockey. The24-year-old started playing competitively at age three and kept ongoing until she was 18, leading her high school team in scoringalong the way. It was in Grade 9 that she started to stand out moreon the rugby pitch than on the ice. Soon, she was playing for TeamOntario, winning five national championships in the last sevenyears, and began touring overseas with the Canadian developmentsquad. Last summer, she earned her first cap with the rugby sevenssenior national team at the NACRA World Qualifier in Ottawa,helping Canada win the tournament and advance to the 2013 WorldCup, which will be held in Moscow from June 28-30.

For the past five years, the Guelph Gryphons were also thebeneficiaries of Benn’s exceptional talent. The 5-foot-6outside centre guided the Gryphons to the CIS podium in each of herfive campaigns with the team, including a Monilex Trophy triumph in2011 and a return trip to the national final last fall. In herfinal varsity season, the sociology student led the OUA conferencewith 80 points and 16 tries in only six league games on her way toCIS MVP honours, succeeding former Guelph teammate and 2012 BLGAward nominee Jacey Murphy as the top university player in thecountry.

Benn ended her remarkable CIS career with five selections as anOUA all-star, four OUA scoring titles and four all-Canadiannods.

Since the end of the last CIS season, the Gryphons standout hasstarred at two more rugby sevens competitions, helping Canada winthe Las Vegas International tournament in February and claiming MVPhonours at Rugby Canada’s national university championship inLangford, B.C., in early March.

“Britt is a fantastic athlete who enjoys and excels at theone-on-one battles in the game,” says Gryphons head coachColette McAuley. “She was able to score at will this seasonbut greatly improved on putting the wingers away as well. She has alot of passion for the sport and for her teammates and carries alot of pressure on her shoulders. Her leadership skills haveimproved immensely over the last few years and she makes a lot oftime for the rookies of the squad.”

Canada WestUniversities Athletic Association (CWUAA)

Shanice Marcelle
University of British Columbia
Sport: Volleyball
Year of eligibility: 5
Academic program: Kinesiology
Hometown: Victoria, B.C.

Only a few weeks after she wrapped up one of the most decoratedcareers in CIS women’s volleyball history, Shanice Marcellewill get another crack at winning one of the few awards missingfrom her impressive university resume.

With her second BLG Award nomination in three years, the Torontonative, who moved to Victoria at the age of seven, extendsUBC’s remarkable streak to five consecutive finalists for theJim Thompson Trophy, including swimmer Annamay Pierse in 2009(winner), volleyball player and former teammate Liz Cordonier in2010 (winner), Marcelle herself in 2011, as well as field hockeyplayer Robyn Pendleton a year ago.

In her fifth and final season with UBC, the 6-foot outsidehitter was chosen CIS MVP for the second time in three campaigns,was voted to the first all-Canadian team for the third straightyear, led the Thunderbirds to the CIS title for the fifth time(their sixth straight overall) and was named a CIS championshipall-star for the fifth consecutive year, a sequence that includes atournament MVP nod in 2011.

Marcelle was as dominant as ever in 2012-13 and once againexcelled in all areas of the game, finishing fourth in the CanadaWest conference in kills (3.33) and points (4.16) per set, sixth inhitting percentage (.302) and seventh in service aces (0.46), whilealso contributing defensively with 166 digs, good for second on theteam. She finished her career as the leading active player inCanada West in kills.

The kinesiology senior makes no secret that one of her dreams isto represent Canada at the Olympics. A long-time member of thenational team programs, she has worn the Maple Leaf on numerousoccasions in the past, including the youth world beach championshipin 2007, junior world beach championship in 2010, SummerUniversiade (indoor) in 2011 and Pan American Cup (indoor) with thesenior national squad last summer. She should be stronglyconsidered when Volleyball Canada selects its roster for the 2013Universiade in Kazan, Russia (July 6-17).

“Shanice was instrumental in our team capturing thenational championship, not just this season but in all five yearsthat she has been a varsity athlete,” says UBC head coachDoug Reimer. “She has been selected an all-star at the CISchampionship in all five seasons, which is an absolutely phenomenalaccomplishment. This season was her best as a T-Bird. Hertremendous on court play in all areas was enhanced by her emergenceas a strong team leader.”

2012-2013 MALEBLG AWARD NOMINEES (Doug Mitchell Trophy)

AtlanticUniversity Sport (AUS)

Lucas Bloodoff
Saint Mary’s University
Sport: Hockey
Year of eligibility: 3
Academic program: Commerce
Hometown: Castlegar, B.C.

Whether it’s close to home or at the other end of thecountry, hockey success seems to follow Lucas Bloodoff wherever hesteps on the ice.

After playing his major junior career with the WHL’sKelowna Rockets, a short three-hour drive from his hometown ofCastlegar, B.C., the 6-foot-2, 230-pound forward moved 5,700kilometres away to Halifax in the fall of 2010 to join the SaintMary’s University Huskies. Different locations, same result:a trip to the national championship game.

Following back-to-back eight-goal campaigns, the 23-year-oldexploded this year in his third university season with 20 goals– including a CIS-leading 12 power play markers – and 38points in 28 league games, both tops in the AUS conference. Hisstrong all-round game caught the eye of CIS coaches, who rewardedhim with the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy as the best playerin the country.

Under Bloodoff’s leadership, the Huskies went on to reachthe University Cup final in Saskatoon, four years afterKelowna’s appearance in the Memorial Cup title match inRimouski, Que.

Those CHL days bring back special memories for Bloodoff, who gotto play alongside younger brother Evan for four seasons with theRockets. Evan was drafted by the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes in2009 and is currently playing in the team’s farm system.

Hockey is not the only sport that is a family affair in theBloodoff household. Both brothers and older sister Vanessa werecompetitive swimmers growing up, with Lucas still holding regionaland club records to this day.

The Huskies standout credits Saint Mary’s head coachTrevor Stienburg for helping him adapt to his new life inHalifax.

“Moving literally from coast to coast was a very big moveand Trevor moved out of his home for a month, so I could live thereand get on my feet,” Bloodoff says.

“Lucas has an incredible skill set as a hockey player butall his gifts in this regard are fuelled by an incredibleconviction to make his team win and show his loyalty to his people.His passion to lead and influence others in pursuit of theteam’s best interest is beyond selfless,” saysStienburg of his pupil, who was named humanitarian of the year bythe Kelowna Rockets in both 2009 and 2010. “He is a greatexample of what I consider to be the “perfect son” withhis good will, compassion and desire to sacrifice beyond what isexpected.”

Réseaudu sport étudiant du Québec(RSEQ)

David Tremblay
Concordia University
Sport: Wrestling
Year of eligibility: 5
Academic program: Arts (Leisure Sciences major)
Hometown: Stoney Point, Ont.

If there is such a thing as perfection, Olympian David Tremblaybecame one of the few CIS student-athletes to achieve it in 2012-13as he wrote the final chapter of his exceptional universitycareer.

Competing in his fifth and final year of eligibility, the nativeof Windsor, Ont., who calls neighbouring Stoney Point home, becameonly the sixth wrestler in history – and the fourth male– to claim a fifth individual gold medal in as manyappearances at the CIS championship when he dominatedAlberta’s Dylan Williams 7-0 and 9-2 in the final of the61-kilogram division. Following the national meet, Tremblay wasnamed CIS’ most outstanding male wrestler for the secondtime, four years after he merited the honour as afreshman.

Thanks to this latest triumph, the arts student completedhis varsity career with an unblemished record of 80-0 in Canadianuniversity meets, including a 10-0 mark over a reduced schedule inhis final season due to intense training and multiple commitmentsassociated with the London Olympics. In 2011 and 2012, hisperformances also helped the Concordia men capture back-to-back CISteam titles.

Making his final CIS championship even more special this winterwas the fact two of Tremblay’s siblings, younger brother Noeland younger sister Josée, were also competing in the event.Noel finished sixth in his weight category for the Stingers, whileJosée claimed silver at 48 kg for the Calgary Dinos. Nodoubt they all made David Sr., a well-known wrestling coach in theWindsor area, very proud.

Unfortunately for David Jr., his Olympic dream didn’t lastas long as he would have hoped last summer as he dropped aheartbreaking 1-0, 1-1 decision against Turkey’s Ahmet Pekerin the opening round of the 55 kg tournament. The 25-year-old hadpunched his ticket for the Games thanks to a dominating showing atthe FILA Pan American qualifying tourney in Florida, where hedefeated a rival from Colombia and an opponent from Honduras bycombined scores of 24-0.

“I’ve coached David for seven years and he’sthe ideal student-athlete,” says Concordia head coach VictorZilberman. “He is committed, highly coachable and leads bothon and off the mat. He mentors younger wrestlers, either here atConcordia or at the national training centre, providing them withencouragement and advice. He is a true ambassador for the sport ofwrestling and university sport inparticular.”

OntarioUniversity Athletics (OUA)

Kyle Quinlan
McMaster University
Sport: Football
Year of eligibility: 5
Academic program: Economics
Hometown: South Woodslee, Ont.

When Kyle Quinlan reflects on his final two years of universityfootball, he might want to pinch himself to make sure he’snot dreaming. Simply put, the standout quarterback from SouthWoodslee, Ont., followed up on a memorable 2011 campaign with oneof the best seasons in CIS history in 2012.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound pivot broke onto the national scene inthe fall of 2011 when he led the Marauders to their first CISchampionship game since 1967 and the first Vanier Cup title inprogram history. During a magical playoff run, the economicsstudent merited three straight game-MVP selections, including atthe Vanier Cup. He would later earn his first nomination for theBLG Award.

It was a tough act to follow going into his final varsitycampaign last fall but Quinlan delivered… and more. In eightregular season contests, he led the country with 19 touchdownpasses against only two interceptions. He ranked second in thenation in both passing yards per game (307.1) and completionpercentage, with a new single-season OUA record of 68.9. Theultimate dual threat, he also led all CIS quarterbacks with sevenmajors and 550 yards on the ground. In the process, he set teamrecords for most completions (162), passing yards and TD passes ina single campaign.

Armed with those exceptional statistics, Quinlan was a logicalchoice for the Hec Crighton Trophy as CIS player of the year. Hisstellar play helped the Marauders to their first 8-0 regular seasonsince 2003 and a return trip to the Vanier Cup final, which endedin a loss to archrival Laval in front of a record crowd of 37,098at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Not surprisingly, the 24-year-old has attracted interest fromthe professional ranks and now hopes to leave his mark on the CFL.After attending the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and MontrealAlouettes’ training camps in 2011 and 2012, respectively, hesigned a new contract with the Alouettes in December and willreport to his third pro camp later this spring.

“As dominant as Kyle has been on the playing surface, hisstatistics and output are a small part of why he was the mostvaluable player on our football team,” says McMaster headcoach Stefan Ptaszek. “He is a leader in every sense of theword. His drive and commitment to excellence willed us back to oursecond consecutive national championship game. I do not have thewords to describe how proud we are of Kyle Quinlan. It has been aprivilege to work with him over the past five years.”

Canada WestUniversities Athletic Association (CWUAA)

Gagan Dosanjh
University of British Columbia
Sport: Soccer
Year of eligibility: 3
Academic program: Kinesiology
Hometown: Abbotsford, B.C.

Gagan Dosanjh might only have three university seasons under hisbelt but based on his overall soccer experience, he is regarded byhis UBC teammates as a savvy veteran.

Before joining the Thunderbirds in the fall of 2010, the nativeof Abbotsford, B.C., played two years in the Vancouver Whitecaps FCresidency program. He was then loaned out to Germany’sEnergie Cottbus and spent one season with their under-23 teambefore returning to Canada to suit up for the Whitecaps PremierDevelopment League (PDL) squad and the T-Birds.

Dosanjh has also represented Canada internationally on threeoccasions, including at the 2011 Summer Universiade in China, the2010 World Cup qualifying tournament with the senior national beachteam, as well as a World Cup qualifier with the U-17 nationalsquad.

The speedy striker – whom UBC co-captain Marco Visintincalls “the fastest guy I’ve ever played with”– made an immediate impact in his university debut threeyears ago when he tied for second in the Canada West conferencewith nine goals and helped the T-Birds to a second-place finish atthe CIS championship. Following a subpar 2011 campaign that saw himfind the back of the net only twice in 12 league matches, the22-year-old was determined to bounce back in his junior season. Andbounce back he did.

In 14 conference games last fall, Dosanjh led Canada West ingoals (12), assists (9) and points (21), en route to league MVPhonours and a spot on the first all-Canadian team. He added fivegoals in as many playoff contests, including a tournament-best fourmarkers at the CIS championship in Quebec City, where he was namedMVP of the competition after guiding UBC to the national title.

Growing up, Dosanjh played for the Abbotsford Soccer Associationunder the tutelage of former Canadian national team player ColinMiller, who was the club’s technical director. Miller hasbeen his mentor throughout his career. His uncle Rav was hisfirst-ever coach, while his dad, Pavinder, was an assistant coachon a number of his teams.

“Gagan had a terrific year as an individual in what was anamazing year for our team,” says UBC head coach Mike Mosher.“He is obviously a talented and valuable member of our team,but the intangibles that he brings are what make him reallyspecial: team first, outstanding work ethic, bravery, and humility.When a star player possesses the qualities as a teammate that Gaganpossesses, you have a very special individual.”

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