Huskies’ Derek Hulak named men’s hockey MVP, Collins top rookie

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March 4, 2014, EDMONTON (ISN) – Leading the conference in scoring for the second time in his career, University of Saskatchewan Huskies forward Derek Hulak was named Canada West men’s hockey Most Valuable Player.

A highlight reel player and a key member to the Huskies leadership, Hulak finished the 2013-14 season with a conference-best 48 points. His 13 goals and 35 assists in 28 games sat him second in the CIS. It is the second time in three years the Huskies’ alternate captain won the Dave “Sweeney” Schriner Scoring Trophy and the third straight season it has been done by a Huskies student-athlete.

A consistent thorn in opponent’s backs, the fourth-year Business student scored four or more points in six games this season and was only left off the score sheet in seven games this season. Leading by example, Hulak was a key member to the Huskies power play from the point and held a +27 rating in the season.

Hulak was also named a Canada West First Team All-Star.

“Derek is consistently a great player on the ice each night and stands out in the Canada West,” said Huskie head coach Dave Adolph. “He works hard each shift not only for himself, but to make his team better. He is a leader both on and off the ice proving what being a student-athlete means. He is very deserving of this honour.”

Third-year defenceman Jordan Rowley of the Alberta Golden Bears has been named winner of the Mervyn “Red” Dutton trophy winner as the conference’s Outstanding Defenceman for the 2013-14 season.

The Edmonton product, and former Prince Albert Raider, had a career season for the Bears, notching eight goals and 30 points in 28 conference games. He finished tied for the lead in Canada West points by a defenceman, as well as tied for third in CIS points by a blue-liner. Rowley picked up 17 of those points, including 13 assists, on the power play, and he recorded 11 multiple nights. He also anchored a defence that allowed the fewest goals against in CIS, and was critical to the Bears’ penalty killing units which racked up a 90.4% kill rate.

“Jordan’s focus on and off the ice has been excellent this season. He is a very gifted offensive defenseman that is committed at both ends of the rink,” said U of A head coach Ian Herbers.

First-year Arts student Chris Collins of the University of Calgary Dinos is the winner of the University of Alberta Alumni Trophy as the Rookie of the Year.

Collins, a 6-1, 207-pound forward from Calgary, joined the Dinos after a five-year WHL career in Chilliwack and Saskatoon followed by a stint in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Okotoks Oilers. His impact with the Dinos was immediate: he scored 14 points in the month of October alone, helping the Dinos jump out to their best start in recent memory. He finished the season as the conference’s top goal scorer with 19 in 28 games – fifth-best in the nation – and added 17 assists to finish with 36 points, good enough for second in the Canada West scoring race. He led all freshmen in the conference in scoring by 11 points, and he scored five game-winning goals – tops in Canada West and third-best in CIS.

For his efforts, Collins was honoured as the Canada West-WHL Graduate of the Month for October 2013 and also landed a spot as a First Team conference All Star.

“From day one, Chris Collins has had a significant impact on our team,” said Dinos head coach Mark Howell. “He was a key contributor offensively for us in all situations, he scored some huge goals, and led our conference in goal scoring as a rookie. He was a key reason for our team’s success this season.”

Third-year netminder Jacob DeSerres of the Calgary Dinos is Canada West’s nominee for the CIS Goaltender of the Year award.

DeSerres, a third-year arts student from Calgary, played 17 games for the Dinos, allowing just 35 goals for a 2.15 goals-against average. He finished the year with a sparkling 13-2-2 record, a .914 save percentage, and a trio of shutouts.

The 6-2, 190-point goalie, who backstopped Saint John to the 2011 Memorial Cup title, was the Canada West-WHL Graduate of the Month for November 2013 when he went 5-0-1 with a 0.67 goals-against average and three shutouts.

“Jake is very deserving of this award,” said Howell. “He has been consistent from start to finish this year, has played tremendous hockey and helped us win games. He has been a leader and one of the best goaltenders in the league, and it’s fitting that he receives this recognition.”

For the second time in his decorated career, Sean Ringrose of the Alberta Golden Bears has been awarded the UBC Hockey Alumni Trophy for sportsmanship and ability, following his 2013-14 season.

Ringrose, who is originally from Edmonton, had a stellar campaign in his fifth and final season with the Golden Bears. The former Medicine Hat Tiger established new career highs in goals and assists as he led Alberta in points with 36 in 28 conference games. The former CIS all-Canadian and member of the CIS all-rookie team notched 15 goals during the 2013-14 season, one better than in his second season, which was also when he won the sportsmanship and ability trophy last (2010-11). He was also the WHL Graduate of the Month after he torched opposing teams for 14 points in seven games.

The active leader in Canada West scoring, having banked 69 goals and 85 points for 145 points in 136 career conference games, Ringrose served as Alberta’s captain in 2013-14, their 72nd in team history, and was crucial to the program’s success as they finished atop the Canada West standings with a 25-2-1 record and led the nation in goals scored (146) and fewest goals against (54).

He also finished the season with just four penalty minutes as well as a +17 ranking.

“Sean has been our leader on and off the ice this year. He is one of the top two-way forwards in CIS because of his consistent work ethic and discipline. He leads by example and is relied upon in every key situation,” commented Golden Bears head coach Ian Herbers.

Earning the Canada West Dr. Randy Gregg award nomination is defenceman Ben Lindemulder from the University of Alberta. The annual CIS award is given to those players who displays excellence in hockey, academics and community involvement.

Lindemulder is in his fifth and final season of CIS eligibility, as well as his fourth with the Golden Bears after he spent one season playing for Northern Michigan University in the NCAA. The Edmonton product, and current graduate student at the U of A, is widely regarded as one of the best skaters in CIS hockey and may have a North American pro hockey career waiting for him after his CIS days are over, as he impressed during the Edmonton Oilers rookie training camp in the summer of 2013.

In 27 games this season, Lindemulder picked up 13 points, including nine assists, to tie his career high in points, while he also finished with a career best +19 rating. He is in his second season as an assistant captain, and has been a key factor in Alberta leading CIS in fewest goals against (54) as well as their 90.4% penalty killing unit.

Lindemulder is also a three-time CIS academic all-Canadian who is working on obtaining his Masters degree this year, after earning a Bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in 2012. He is also heavily involved in the community where he has taught balance classes for senior citizens at the Bow River Senior Citizens Lodge and weight training classes for junior high students at Edmonton Christmas School during the 2013-14 school year. He has also volunteered his time to help run the Golden Bears hockey alumni annual peewee tournament, and served an instructor for the Edmonton Oilers during their 2013 summer hockey school.

Head coach Ian Herbers said, “Ben is a very dedicated student-athlete. He has excelled academically, athletically and in helping those in the community. He is a leader on the ice, off the ice and in the community, and represents the finest qualities of the Golden Bears hockey program.”

For the second time in his CIS career, Dinos bench boss Mark Howell is Canada West Coach of the Year.

Howell, who won the conference and national award in 2011, led the Dinos to their best record since 1997 at 21-4-3, good for second place in the conference. The Dinos have been in the top four nationally all year and were ranked No. 1 in the nation for five weeks during the regular season. The team went through the first 22 games of the season without a regulation loss, two of Howell’s players landed on the conference all-star teams, and both Chris Collins and Jacob DeSerres earned WHL Graduate of the Month honours. The season marked just the seventh 20-win season in school history.

“This is a well-deserved honour for Mark and the team,” said University of Calgary Director of Athletics Ron Wuotila. “He has been committed to moving the program forward in every respect since his arrival on campus and his hard work is paying off. The beneficiaries are the young men he leads each day and all of the proud alumni. We look forward to cheering the Dinos on down the stretch.”

The Adam Kryczka Memorial Trophy for the best combined regular season goaltending goals against average went to the Alberta tandem of Kurtis Mucha & Luke Siemens. For Mucha it marks the third time he has shared the award, previously winning in 2011-12 and 2012-13, both times with Réal Cyr. This season Mucha, the veteran, and Siemens, a rookie, combined for a 1.91 GAA with 54 goals surrendered in 1694 minutes of action.

The Fair Play Trophy was won by the Regina Cougars, which reorded the fewest total pentaly minutes during the regular season (387), just five minutes fewer than Mount Royal.

AWARDS (*unanimous)

Most Valuable Player (Sullivan Trophy nominee as CIS Player of the Year): Derek Hulak, Saskatchewan

Dave “Sweeney” Schriner Scoring Trophy: Derek Hulak, Saskatchewan

Mervyn “Red” Dutton Trophy (Outstanding defenceman): Jordan Rowley, Alberta

University of Alberta Hockey Alumni Trophy (Outstanding Freshman): *Chris Collins, Calgary

UBC Hockey Alumni Trophy (Sportsmanship & Ability): Sean Ringrose, Alberta

Dr. Randy Gregg Award (Athletic ability, Academics & Citizenship): Ben Lindemulder, Alberta

Coach of the Year: Mark Howell, Calgary

Goaltender of the Year: Jacob DeSerres, Calgary

Adam Kryczka Memorial Trophy (CW only, best team GAA): Kurtis Mucha & Luke Siemens, Alberta

Fair Play Trophy (Canada West only, fewest team penalty minutes): Regina (387 minutes)

ALL-STARS (alphabetical by position)

First Team                                          Second Team

G: Jacob DeSerres, Calgary                  Kurtis Mucha, Alberta

D:  Kodie Curran, Calgary                    Jesse Craige, Alberta

D:  Jordan Rowley, Alberta                   Neil Manning, UBC

F:  Chris Collins, Calgary                      Ian Duval, Manitoba

F:  Derek Hulak, Saskatchewan            Taylor Stefishen, Calgary

F:  Sean Ringrose, Alberta                    Cole Wilson, UBC 

ALL-ROOKIES

G: Luke Siemens, Alberta

D: Drydn Dow, Calgary

D: Kendall McFaull, Saskatchewan

F: Chris Collins, Calgary

F: Jamie Crooks, Alberta

F: TJ Foster, Alberta

Previous honours by this year’s Award winners & All-Stars:

Jesse Craige

2013 CW Outstanding Defenceman

2013 CIS Tournament All-Star

2013 CW 1st All-Star

Derek Hulak

2012 CW Dave “Sweeney” Schriner” Scoring Trophy

2012 CW 1st All-Star & CIS 1st All-Canadian

Neil Manning

2013 CIS All-Rookie

Kurtis Mucha

2013 CW & CIS Goaltender of the Year

2013 Adam Kryczka Memorial Trophy (shared)

2013 CW 1st All-Star & CIS 1st All-Canadian

2012 Adam Kryczka Memorial Trophy (shared)

Sean Ringrose

2012 CW 2nd All-Star

2011 UBC Alumni Trophy

2010 CIS All-Rookie

Coach Mark Howell

2011 CW & CIS Coach of the Year

Award winners are now finalists for Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) annual awards, to be handed out on March 19 at TCU Place as part of University Cup week, hosted March 20-23 at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon by the University of Saskatchewan.

The Canada West final takes place this weekend as the Alberta Golden Bears host the Calgary Dinos in a best-of-three series starting on Friday at Clare Drake Arena in Edmonton. All games are live on http://canadawest.tv, with real-time stats available on LeagueStat.com.

In addition to a conference banner, the winner also heads to the CIS University Cup, joining the host Huskies as part of a six-team national tournament.

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