By Ardy Ramezani, with files from Field Hockey Canada
(ISN) – Vancouver, B.C. – Former University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey player and Canadian national team member Danielle Hennig was named Field Hockey Canada Women’s Player of the Year at the 2014 Field Hockey Canada Player Awards in Vancouver, B.C on Jan. 12. The 2008 CIS champion was honoured along with Canadian teammate Brienne Stairs and men’s national team captain Scott Tupper.
At the end of each year of competition, the Canadian Men’s and Women’s National Teams recognize their top players from the past twelve months by awarding the Player of the Year and Top Goal Scorer designations.
Defender Hennig (Kelowna, BC) took home Player of the Year honours for the Women’s National Team. Hennig, 24, has played in 79 international matches for Canada and has become a leader on and off the turf.
“It’s a huge honour, and really unexpected,” she said. “With any team sport, you can’t do anything without the rest of the team. I know as much as it’s a big honour, all the credit goes back to my teammates.”
For the second straight year, veteran defender and Men’s National Team stand out Tupper (Vancouver, BC) earned both accolades. Tupper, 28, also plays club hockey internationally for Racing Club of Brussels. He scored eight goals for Canada during officially sanctioned international competition in 2014.
Brienne Stairs (Kitchener, ON) was the Women’s National Team’s Top Goal Scorer in 2014. Not only did Stairs, 25, lead Canada in scoring, she was among the top ten female goal scorers in the world in 2014.
With Olympic qualification up for grabs through World League and the Pan American Games, both the Men’s and Women’s National Teams will be looking for continued strong performance from each of their award winners throughout 2015.