CALGARY (CIS) – Iya Gavrilova, a fourth-year centre from the University of Calgary, was named the CIS player of the year in women's hockey, Wednesday night.
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Gavrilova, a three-time Olympian from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, became only the second Dino to claim the Brodrick Trophy, joining current teammate and Canadian hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser, who was honoured in 2010-11.
Other CIS award winners announced at the Sun Life Financial All-Canadian Banquet held at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary were Manitoba forward Alanna Sharman, who was named the rookie of the year; Toronto goaltender Nicole Kesteris, who became a back-to-back recipient of the Marion Hilliard Award celebrating excellence in athletics, academics and community involvement; as well as Western's Chris Higgins, who was voted the TIMEX coach of the year.
The CIS championship, hosted by the University of Calgary, gets underway on Thursday at the Markin MacPhail Centre and culminates on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time (8:30 p.m. Eastern) with the gold-medal final, live on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet ONE. Saturday's semifinals are also televised live on Sportsnet ONE (3 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Mountain) and all 12 games from the eight-team competition will be webcast on www.CIS-SIC.tv.
BRODRICK TROPHY (player of the year): Iya Gavrilova, Calgary
Gavrilova returned to the Dinos this year after spending last season preparing for and competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics and promptly led the nation with 21 goals in just 23 league games, including six game-winners, tops in Canada West and one shy of the country's lead. The U of C captain finished second in the conference and third in CIS scoring with 37 points, while her plus-35 rating was the best in Canada West.
The arts student missed the Dinos' last five games of the regular season to captain Russia's entry at the Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain. There, she was third in the tournament with four goals and 12 points in just four games while leading her home country to a first-ever FISU gold medal with a 3-0 win over Canada in the championship game.
"Iya's return to the Dinos was a key factor in the success of our team this season," said head coach Danielle Goyette. "It's easy to notice all the work she has done during the off season, it paid off and it showed on ice. She's a player that has great work ethic, always trying to find a way to improve on and off the ice. As captain, her leadership skills are an integral part to the Dinos women's hockey program."
The other finalists were forwards Alex Normore of St. Francis Xavier, Ariane Barker of Montreal and Lisa Stathopulos of York.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Alanna Sharman, Manitoba
Sharman, a 19-year-old freshman from Teulon, Man., is only the second Manitoba to be named CIS rookie of the year, joining rearguard Caitlin MacDonald, who was honoured in 2010.
The 5-foot-8 forward took CIS by storm in her university debut, winning the national scoring race with 40 points (17-23-40) in 28 league games and becoming only the third rookie in the 18-year history of the conference to top Canada West in scoring. She also ranked second in the country in assists (23), third in goals (17) and power play markers (7) and fourth in game-winning goals (5), while finishing second in Canada West with a plus-32 rating.
Sharman, who had 15 more points than any other rookie in Canada West, ended the regular season with a nine-game point streak and had 12 multi-point performances over the 28-game schedule, including a five-point outing (3-2-5) against Regina on Jan. 17.
"Alanna has had one of the most memorable rookie seasons in recent CIS history. Winning both the Canada West and CIS scoring titles as a first year player is a feat that few players ever achieve, let alone a freshman directly out of AAA midget hockey," said head coach Jon Rempel. "Her scoring exploits this season are a direct result of her hard work, practice habits, humility and love of the game. She makes people around her better, including her teammates and her coaching staff and our program is extremely fortunate to have her."
The other nominees were Moncton forward Katryne Villeneuve as well as goaltenders Katherine Purchase of Concordia and Stephanie Sluys of Waterloo.
The all-Canadian teams were also announced on Wednesday.
Joining player of the year Iya Gavrilova on the first unit were conference MVPs Ariane Barker of Montreal (16-16-32 in 17 GP) and Lisa Stathopulos of York (17-15-32 in 24 GP) on offence, Sarah Casorso of UBC (8-13-21 / +6 in 23 GP) and Kristen Barbara of York (7-13-20 in 24 GP) on defence, as well as Western goaltender Kelly Campbell (16-4 / 1.23 / .954).
Casorso (2014 first team), Campbell (2013 first) and Barbara (2012 all-rookie) had previously merited all-Canadian recognition.
The second CIS dream team for this season is comprised of AUS MVP Alex Normore from StFX (10-20-32 in 21 GP), fellow forwards Gabrielle Davidson of McGill (19-2-39 in 20 GP) and Jessica Kampjes of Alberta (13-12-25 in 22 GP), rearguards Katelyn Gosling of Western (4-11-15 in 20 GP) and Kelsie Moffat of McGill (3-14-17 in 20 GP), as well as Alberta goalie Lindsey Post (20-7 / 1.18 / .940).
A former CIS rookie of the year, Normore accomplished a rare feat by earning her fifth all-Canadian selection in as many campaigns with the X-Women, including a pair of first-team nods (2014, 2012) and a trio of second-team mentions.
Gosling (2013 first team), Post (2014 second), Davidson (2013 all-rookie) and Kampjes (2013 all-rookie) had also been honoured by CIS in the past.
In addition to Alanna Sharman, the 2014-15 all-rookie unit is made up of netminder Katherine Purchase of Concordia (5-6 / 1.07 / .959), defenders Zosia Davis of Nipissing (3-8-11 in 21 GP) and Erica Rieder of Manitoba (4-7-11 / +11 in 27 GP), as well as forwards Katryne Villeneuve of Moncton (14-10-24 in 24 GP) and Kaley Tienhaara of Nipissing (7-13-20 in 24 GP).
2014-2015 CIS WOMEN'S HOCKEY AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS
Brodrick Trophy (player of the year): Iya Gavrilova, Calgary
Rookie of the year: Alanna Sharman, Manitoba
TIMEX Coach of the year: Chris Higgins, Western
Marion Hilliard Award (hockey, academics & community service): Nicole Kesteris, Toronto
Pos. Athlete University Year Hometown Academic Program
G Kelly Campbell Western 4 St. Thomas, Ont. Man. & Org. Studies
D Sarah Casorso UBC 5 Kelowna, B.C. Arts
D Kristen Barbara York 4 Mount Hope, Ont. Sociology
F Iya Gavrilova Calgary 4 Krasnoyarsk, Russia Arts
F Ariane Barker Montreal 4 Napierville, Que. Communications
F Lisa Stathopulos York 5 Toronto, Ont. Kin. & Health Sciences
G Lindsey Post Alberta 3 Chelsea, Que. Phys. Ed. & Recreation
D Kelsie Moffatt McGill 4 Pickering, Ont. Physical & Health Ed.
D Katelyn Gosling Western 4 London, Ont. Social Sciences
F Gabrielle Davidson McGill 3 Pointe Claire, Que. Finance
F Alexa Normore StFX 5 Bedford, N.S. Human Kinetics
F Jessica Kampjes Alberta 3 Sturgeon County, Alta. Native Studies
G Katherine Purchase Concordia 1 Halifax, N.S. Accounting
D Zosia Davis Nipissing 1 Cobden, Ont. Biology
D Erica Rieder Manitoba 1 Regina, Sask. University 1
F Alanna Sharman Manitoba 1 Teulon, Man. Business
F Katryne Villeneuve Moncton 1 Casselman, Ont. Sport Management
F Kaley Tienhaara Nipissing 1 Thunder Bay, Ont. Physical & Health Ed.
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