CW hockey all-stars: Conference’s top three dominate all-stars and all-rookies

CW hockey all-stars: Conference’s top three dominate all-stars and all-rookies

Evan Daum, Canada West Communications

Highlights:

  • All but three of the conference's women's hockey all-stars and all-rookies hail from the University of Manitoba, University of Alberta, or UBC
  • Saskatchewan's Kaitlin Willoughby (second team), Regina's Jaycee Magwood (second team), and Mount Royal's Tianna Ko (all-rookie) were also honoured Tuesday
  • The Canada West women's hockey major award winners will be announced Thursday, March 2 at 11 a.m. MT
  • The Canada West Women's Hockey Final opens this Friday in Vancouver, as the UBC Thunderbirds host the Alberta Pandas at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on the campus of UBC 

EDMONTON – A trio of teams stole the spotlight Tuesday, as the Canada West women's hockey all-star and all-rookie teams were unveiled.

The Manitoba Bisons, Alberta Pandas, and UBC Thunderbirds led the all-star and all-rookie charge, with a combined 15 players being named to the three teams. UBC topped the regular season standings with 67 points, while Alberta (62 pts.), and Manitoba (56 pts.) slotted in behind the T-Birds in the regular season. 

Manitoba topped the conference list in terms of total all-stars and all-rookies with six. The Herd earned three first team all-stars (Rachel Dyck (G), Alexandra Anderson (D), and Lauryn Keen (F)), two second teamers (Erica Rieder (D), and Venla Hovi (F)), and forward Sheridan Oswald on the all-rookie team.

The Pandas came in a close second behind Manitoba with five players honoured, as forward Alex Poznikoff cracked the first all-star team, Lindsey Post (G) and Megan Eady (D) earned spots on the second team. In addition to their three all-stars, Alberta also landed a pair of all-rookies in Taylor Kezama (D) and rookie scoring leader Kennedy Ganser (F). 

UBC's brightest all-stars were first team defencemen Kelly Murray, and fellow top team all-star Cassandra Vilgrain (27 points), who finished second behind Keen (34 points) for the conference scoring title during the regular season. 

Saskatchewan's Kaitlin Willoughby (second team), Regina's Jaycee Magwood (second team), and Mount Royal's Tianna Ko (all-rookie) were the other players honoured Tuesday. 

The Canada West all-stars and all-rookies were selected by the conference's eight head coaches, who also voted on the Canada West major awards, which will be unveiled Thursday, March 2. 

Given their wealth of all-star talent, it should come as no surprise that the defending champion Thunderbirds and Pandas are the last CW teams standings, as the two face off in this weekend's CW Final, which opens Friday in Vancouver. Game 1 and Game 2 (Saturday) go at 7 p.m. PT, while Sunday's Game 3  (if necessary) starts at 3 p.m. PT. 

All Canada West final games can be seen live on CanadaWest.tv 

After crowning a conference champion, both UBC and Alberta will head to Queen's University in Kingston, Ont. for the U SPORTS national tournament, which runs Thursday, March 16 through Sunday, March 19.

 

2016-17 CW Women's Hockey First Team All-Stars

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Rachel Dyck / G / Manitoba / 4 / Winnipeg Beach, Man.

Kelly Murray / D / UBC / 5 / Medicine Hat, Alta.

Alexandra Anderson / D / Manitoba / 3 / Winnipeg, Man.

Lauryn Keen / F / Manitoba / 3 / Manitou, Man.

Cassandra Vilgrain / F / UBC / 4 / Calgary, Alta.

Alex Poznikoff / F / Alberta / 2 / Edmonton, Alta.

 

2016-17 CW Women's Hockey Second Team All-Stars

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Lindsey Post / G / Alberta / 5 / Chelsea, Que.

Megan Eady / D / Alberta / 5 / Renfrew, Alta.

Erica Rieder / D / Manitoba / 3 / Regina, Sask.

Kaitlin Willoughby / F / Saskatchewan / 2 / Prince Albert, Sask.

Venla Hovi / F / Manitoba / 3 / Tampere, Finland

Jaycee Magwood / F / Regina / 2 / Killarney, Man.

 

2016-17 CW Women's Hockey All-Rookies

Name / Position / University / Hometown

Tory Micklash / G / UBC / East St. Paul, Man.

Mairead Bast / D / UBC / Red Deer, Alta.

Taylor Kezama / D / Alberta / Camrose, Alta.

Kennedy Ganser / F / Alberta / Provost, Alta.

Tianna Ko / F/ MRU / Calgary, Alta.

Sheridan Oswald / F / Manitoba / MacGregor, Man.