McGill’s Clément-Heydra named CIS women’s hockey player of the year

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McGill’s Katia Clément-Heydra with CIS CEO Pierre Lafontaine

Photo credit Keith Minchin

FREDERICTON (CIS) – Katia Clément-Heydra, afourth-year centre from McGill University, was named CIS player ofthe year in women’s hockey, Wednesday night.

The native of St. Bruno de Montarville, Que.

, keeps the BrodrickTrophy in the Martlets family for the third straight campaign asformer teammates Mélodie Daoust, who helped Canada win goldat the Sochi Olympics, and Ann-Sophie Bettez had claimed MVPhonours in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Other award winners announced at the All-Canadian Banquet heldat the Fredericton Inn were Saskatchewan forward KaitlinWilloughby, who was named the nation’s top freshman; Torontogoaltender Nicole Kesteris, who received the Marion Hilliard Awardcelebrating excellence in athletics, academics and communityinvolvement; and Saskatchewan head coach Steve Kook, who washonoured by his peers for the second time in five years.

The Scotiabank CIS championship, hosted by St. ThomasUniversity, gets under way on Thursday at the Grant Harvey Centreand culminates on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Atlantic Time with thegold-medal final, live on Sportsnet 360. All nine games from thesix-team competition will also be webcast live on www.CIS-SIC.tv.

BRODRICK TROPHY (player of the year): KatiaClément-Heydra, McGill

Clément-Heydra is the fourth McGill player overall tomerit the Brodrick Trophy. Before theClément-Hydra-Daoust-Bettez trifecta, goaltender KimSt-Pierre, a three-time Olympic gold medallist, had captured theaward in 2002-03.

In her fourth season with the Martlets, Clément-Heydraclaimed the RSEQ conference scoring title and ranked second in thenation with 40 points, including 13 goals, in only 20 games,helping McGill take first place in the Quebec standings with asparkling 18-2 record. The 5-foot-7 alternate captain either scoredor assisted on 49.4 per cent of the team’s 81 markers inleague play. Of her 13 goals, four were game-winners, five came onthe power play and two were shorthanded.

Thanks to her stellar play, the 24-year-old earned a spot on thefirst all-Canadian unit, improving from a second-team nod a yearago. She also enjoyed international success over the past fewmonths as she helped Canada win gold at the FISU Winter Universiadein Italy last December, finishing second in tournament scoring witha whopping 18 points (5-13-18) in only seven contests.

“Katia plays with such confidence and has improved so muchover her career in every aspect of her game, especially so sincelast year,” said head coach Peter Smith, in his 13th seasonas bench boss at McGill. “One of the biggest factors is howhard she worked last summer. She came into training camp so fitthis season that the rest of her game just fell into place, fromthe drop of the puck in training camp, right through to her lastgame. She really embraced her leadership role and brought a greaton-ice performance every night. She was very dynamic out there,real sharp on both sides of the puck, played exceptionally hardthis season and was justly rewarded.”

The other finalists for the Brodrick Trophy were forwards AlexNormore of St. Francis Xavier, Jenny MacKnight of Windsor andTatiana Rafter of UBC.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Kaitlin Willoughby,Saskatchewan

Willoughby, who hails from Prince Albert, Sask., is the firstHuskie to be named CIS rookie of the year.

The 5-foot-6 forward turned heads in her university debut with25 points (13-12-25) in 28 regular season games, 13 more than thenext best freshman in the Canada West conference. Her tally wasgood for fourth place in league scoring and 19th in the country.She finished conference play with a stellar +19 rating, showeddiscipline with only six penalty minutes all season, and was aconstant threat with the man advantage with five power-playmarkers.

Willoughby was one of the main reasons behind the Huskies’resurgence this season. After going 11-12-5 and finishing fifth inthe Canada West standings a year ago, Saskatchewan improved to18-4-6 and second place in 2013-14.

“Kaitlin was an important part of our success thisseason,” said head coach Steve Kook. “It is difficultto come into this league and make an impact as a rookie. ForKaitlin to not only make an impact but consistently be an impactplayer week in and week out is a testament to her competitivenature. She’s worked hard in preparation for her rookieseason and has worked hard at being a successful student-athleteduring her first year at the University of Saskatchewan. She was aneveryday top six forward and we look forward to seeing what herfuture holds.”

The other nominees were forwards Breanne Lanceleve of SaintMary’s, Vickie Lemire of Ottawa and Rachel Marriott ofWaterloo.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Steve Kook, Saskatchewan

A three-time Canada West coach of the year, Kook had receivedthe national award for the first time at the end of the 2009-10campaign.

In his ninth year at the helm, Kook led the Huskies to ahistoric season. The team set a program benchmark with an 18-4-6record, finished second in the Canada West standings for the firsttime and earned its first-ever home playoff berth. It was quite aturnaround from a year ago, when Saskatchewan took fifth place inthe league standings with an 11-12-5 mark.

Kook, whose troops went on to capture their first-ever CanadaWest banner two weeks ago, has a 110-106-4 career record with theHuskies. During his tenure, 16 team members have been namedconference all-stars and two were voted league MVPs.

“Steve is well-deserving of this outstandinghonour,” said UofS athletic director Basil Hughton. “Hehas worked extremely hard this year, adding new dimensions togrowing as a coach to work with a young team. This award andhistoric season his team has accomplished is evidence that hiscommitment has paid dividends. We at Huskie Athletics are extremelyproud of his accomplishments and those of the women’s hockeyteam.”

Moncton’s Denis Ross, McGill’s Peter Smith andGuelph’s Rachel Flanagan were also in running.

MARION HILLIARD AWARD (hockey, academics & communityservice): Nicole Kesteris, Toronto

Kesteris is the fourth UofT player to receive the MarionHilliard Award, which is named after the Varsity Blues hockeylegend. Previous winners from Toronto include Sue McCutcheon(2005), Jenny McRae (2003) and Bridget Bates (1999).

Kesteris has served as the back bone of the Blues this season.The Aurora, Ont., native led all CIS goaltenders in league play insave percentage (.948) and shutouts (5), while her 1.34 goalsagainst average was the second best in the OUA conference andranked fifth in the country. Not surprisingly, the veterannetminder was recognized with a spot on the first all-Canadianteam.

Off the ice, Kesteris volunteers her time throughout thecommunity. She spearheaded the Varsity Blues women’s hockeyteam’s work with Ronald McDonald House to provide dinner forthose families with ill children away from home in conjunction withthe Hospital for Sick Children and Mount Sinai Hospital.

She has helped organize and deliver baskets for theChildren’s Aid Society for families in need of basicnecessities during the holiday season. The fourth-year humangeography major is heavily involved in the Toronto Latvian Centre,helping children new to Canada tour the city and becomeacclimatized to Ontario’s education system.

Kesteris has also mentored and coached young female goalies inthe Aurora, Markham and Whitby since 2009.

“Nicole is the student-athlete that every coach wants ontheir team,” said Varsity Blues head coach Vicky Sunohara.“She is a top goaltender in the country, but also excels inthe classroom and donates so much of her already busy schedule toothers. She’s a truly unbelievable person and we are just sothrilled that she’s receiving this nationalrecognition.”

UPEI’s Ferran Brown, Concordia’s Jaymee Shell andManitoba’s Amy Lee were also nominated for the MarionHilliard Award.

ALL-CANADIANTEAMS

The all-Canadian teams were also announced on Wednesday.

Joining Clément-Heydra and Kesteris on the first unitwere defenders Sarah Casorso of UBC and Candice Styles of WilfridLaurier, as well as conference MVPs Alex Normore of StFX andTatiana Rafter of UBC on offence.

Normore is honoured as an all-Canadian for the fourth time in asmany seasons with the X-Women, including a pair of first-team nods.She was also the CIS rookie of the year back in 2010-11.

The second dream squad for the 2013-14 campaign is comprised ofgoalie Lindsey Post of Alberta, rearguards Jenna Pitts of StFX andMaude Laramée of Ottawa, as well as forwards JessicaPinkerton of Guelph, Cami Wooster of Saskatchewan and OUA MVP JennyMacKnight of Windsor.

In addition to Willoughby, the all-rookie team is made up ofnetminder Tori Campbell of UOIT, defenders Stephanie Digness ofWaterloo and Caitlin Fyten of Manitoba, and forwards BreanneLanceleve of Saint Mary’s and Vickie Lemire of Ottawa.

2013-2014 CISWOMEN’S HOCKEY AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS

Brodrick Trophy (player of the year): KatiaClément-Heydra, McGill
Rookie of the year: Kaitlin Willoughby,Saskatchewan
Coach of the year: Steve Kook, Saskatchewan
Marion Hilliard Award (hockey, academics & communityservice): Nicole Kesteris, Toronto

FirstTeam

Pos. – Athlete – University – Year -Hometown – Faculty

G NicoleKesteris Toronto 4 Aurora,Ont. Human Geography
D Sarah Casorso UBC 4 Kelowna,B.C. Arts
D CandiceStyles Laurier 4 Orangeville,Ont. Arts
F Alex Normore StFX 4 Bedford,N.S. Human Kinetics
F KatiaClément-Heydra McGill 4 St. Bruno deMontarville, Que. Industrial Relations
F Tatiana Rafter UBC 4 Winnipeg,Man. Arts

SecondTeam

G LindseyPost Alberta 2 Chelsea,Que. Phys. Ed. & Recreation
D Jenna Pitts StFX 4 Antigonish,N.S. Human Kinetics
D MaudeLaramée Ottawa 2 Hull,Que. Communications
F Jenny MacKnight Windsor 4 Regina,Sask. Environmental Science
F Jessica Pinkerton Guelph 3 Oshawa,Ont. Sociology
F Cami Wooster Saskatchewan 5 Luseland,Sask. Arts & Science

All-RookieTeam

G ToriCampbell UOIT 1 Saskatoon,Sask. Criminology
D Stephanie Digness Waterloo 1 Aldergrove,B.C. Arts
D Caitlin Fyten Manitoba 1 Cremona,Alta. University 1
F Kaitlin Willoughby Saskatchewan 1 PrinceAlbert, Sask. Arts & Science
F Breanne Lanceleve Saint Mary’s 1 MiddleSackville, N.S. Arts
F Vickie Lemire Ottawa 1 Rigaud,Que. Human Kinetics

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