EDMONTON – Following the final Canada West field hockey regular season game on Oct. 22 the conference major awards and all-stars were announced. Fourth-year UBC goalkeeper Rowan Harris was named both the Canada West Player of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year as the Thunderbirds earned their 25th conference banner in the program’s history.
Victoria defender Anna Mollenhauer was announced as the conference’s top rookie, while teammate and Vikes midfielder Lindsay Cole was awarded the Gail Wilson Outstanding Contributor Award. Calgary’s Peter Taylor received the Canada West Coach of the Year nod, while Saskatchewan native Tyler Klenk was named Umpire of the Year for the third time.
Five T-Birds were named to the Canada West All-Star list including two-time All-Stars Harris and Sarah Keglowitsch, along with 2014 Canada West Rookie of the Year Sophie Jones. Four Vikes also received the nod including 2016 U SPORTS Tournament All-Stars Cole and Kristina Walters-Shumka, as well as last season’s Canada West Rookie of the Year Emily Wong. Calgary’s Sabrina Wong, the 2015 U SPORTS Rookie of the Year, joined Michelle Patterson as the only two Dinos on the all-star list.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Joyce Slipp Award nominee
Stats: 8 GP / 4 goals
First-year defender Anna Mollenhauer stepped on to the Vikes field hockey squad as if she was a veteran. The Victoria native was a pivotal part of the Vikes contingent that included eight rookies and only one fifth-year.
A member of Canada’s junior national team program and a regular member of the top BC provincial team leading up to her rookie season with the Vikes, Mollenhauer is no stranger to top-level competition. Called in to play multiple positions, Mollenhauer never backed away from what was asked of her including playing a key role at the top of the battery on offensive corners and running out first on defensive corners. Mollenhauer’s individual skills have been above-and-beyond typical rookie play, including her talents in aerials, deceptive sweeps, back-hand hits and exceptional elimination skills.
Mollenhauer got on the board four times this season, with a goal against UBC, and a trio versus Calgary. Mollenhauer started and played the majority of minutes in all eight games this season, as the Vikes finished 4-3-1.
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTOR – Gail Wilson Award nominee
Stats: 8 GP / 3 goals
Fourth-year midfielder Lindsay Cole wore multiple hats this year as her duties on and off the field have kept her busy as a student-athlete. On the field Cole is one of three co-captains, a regular starter and is one of the most lethal offensive midfielders on the team. The Victoria native is a member of the Canadian national development squad and has been key in sparking the Vikes’ attack, while also playing an important role on both offensive and defensive penalty corners. Cole’s creativity on the field likely stems from her very talented skills as an artist. Cole does paintings by request in what little spare time she has.
In 2017 Cole was a co-recipient of UVic’s Provost Award to the student-athlete across all Vikes teams with the highest GPA. The Mount Douglas Secondary grad earned an 8.8 (out of 9) GPA in sciences and when she isn’t busy studying, training or painting, Cole finds time to give back to the community. Cole is a regular coach in the Victoria junior field hockey league, annually taking on at least two teams and helping develop the next generation of young field hockey players and coaches. She also helps coach in the Victoria high performance regional program, often taking Under 13 teams to club and regional tournaments in Vancouver, while she also manages to juggle helping coach her former high school team in the Fall and two middle school teams in the spring. Cole also umpires field hockey games, coaches pole vault and is a volunteer at Aberdeen Hospital as a patient escort.
Cole’s resume can easily highlight her talents as a field hockey player, artist, student and contributor to the community but it should not be overlooked that she has been a strong, admired and important leader for the Vikes and it was her team that put her name forward for the Gail Wilson Award.
UMPIRE OF THE YEAR
For the third-straight season, Tyler Klenk is named the Canada West Umpire of the Year and it comes as no surprise given his recent upgrade to the International Hockey Federation’s Promising Umpires List.
Klenk, whose hometown is Saskatchewan but has spent most of his hockey career in Victoria, has had a fast-tracked route to becoming one of Canada’s top current male umpires. Recently Klenk was at the 2017 Pan American Cup in Lancaster, Penn. where his efforts were rewarded with umpiring the bronze medal game. He was then appointed as a video umpire at the Asia Cup and has been to multiple international events already.
Klenk’s talents as an umpire stem from him being a high-level player himself, previously competing for the Vikes men’s field hockey team and the Canadian junior national squad. Klenk brings a unique sense of calm to his level of umpiring while he truly is a ‘players official.’ Klenk has given up a lot to pursue his umpiring goals, moving to Vancouver to be a regular official in the Vancouver Men’s Premier League – the top club level hockey in Canada. Klenk will continue to grow his skills in Vancouver working with local leagues at the club and national level, while his contributions to Canada West field hockey have also been important parts of his pathway.
Klenk was recently appointed to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia. Though his list of accomplishments are already astonishing it seems that is still just the beginning for Klenk.
2017 CANADA WEST FIELD HOCKEY MAJOR AWARDS
Player of the Year: Rowan Harris, UBC
Goallkeeper of the Year: Rowan Harris, UBC
Rookie of the Year: Anna Mollenhauer, Victoria
Coach of the Year: Peter Taylor, Calgary
Most Outstanding Contributor: Lindsay Cole, Victoria
2017 CANADA WEST FIELD HOCKEY ALL-STARS
Position / Name / University / Eligibility / Hometown / Program
F – Lindsay Cole / Victoria Vikes / 4 / Victoria, B.C. / Science
G – Rowan Harris / UBC Thunderbirds / 4 / Ottawa, Ont. / Science
D – Sophie Jones / UBC Thunderbirds / 5 / West Vancouver, B.C. / Arts
M – Sarah Keglowitsch / UBC Thunderbirds / 5 / Shawinigan Lake, B.C. / Kinesiology
F – Abbey MacLellan / UBC Thunderbirds / 2 / Pownal, P.E.I. / Science
D – Anna Mollenhauer / Victoria Vikes / 1 / Victoria, B.C. / Education
M – Michelle Patterson / Calgary Dinos / 4 / Calgary, Alta. / Kinesiology
F – Margaret Pham / UBC Thunderbirds / 2 / Mississauga, Ont. / Kinesiology
D – Kristina Walters-Shumka / Victoria Vikes / 4 / Victoria, B.C. / Business
M – Emily Wong / Victoria Vikes / 2 / Vancouver, B.C. / Education
D – Sabrina Wong / Calgary Dinos / 3 / West Vancouver, B.C. / Medicine
Rowan Harris (2015 CW All-Star)
Sarah Keglowitsch (2015 CIS Tournament All-Star, 2015 Canada West All-Star)
Sophie Jones (2014 CW Rookie of the Year)
Lindsay Cole (2016 U SPORTS Tournament All-Star)
Emily Wong (2016 CW Rookie of the Year)
Kristina Walters-Shumka (2016 U SPORTS Tournament All-Star, 2014 CW All-Star)
Sabrina Wong (2015 CW & CIS Rookie of the Year)