2017-18 WOMEN'S HOCKEY AWARDS
G – Jessica Vance, Saskatchewan Huskies
Prince Albert, Sask.
2017-18 CW regular season: 18 GP / 14-3-0-1 / .964 SV% / 0.77 GAA / 9 SO
Statistically, Jessica Vance's nine shutouts in 18 games this season was one of the most dominant statistical stretches in Saskatchewan Huskies history.
The Kinesiology student was nearly impossible to beat this season for the Huskies, as her 0.77 GAA and .964 SV% helped her team to a second-place finish during the regular season.
After transferring from the University of Manitoba following two seasons with the Bisons, including one as a redshirt, Vance more than delivered for the Huskies once she made her debut in early November.
Over the course of the regular season, the Prince Albert, Sask. product allowed multiple goals in just three games, while allowing one goal during six games.
Vance is the first Huskie to earn the conference's top award since Julie Paetsch claimed the honour in 2011-12, and is the third overall winner from Saskatchewan after Breanne George's win in 2009-10.
"I couldn't be any happier for Jessica. She's had a long route to this award and she is very deserving of the honour. She plays and conducts herself with so much poise and confidence that it influences the way the rest of our team plays in front of her." – Steve Kook, Saskatchewan head coach.
G – Lauren Taraschuk, Manitoba Bisons
2017-18 CW regular season: 12 GP / 10-2-0-0 / .961 SV% / 0.71 GAA / 5 SO
In the year of the goaltender, Lauren Taraschuk's numbers were worthy of a veteran. The Winnipeg native is the CW Rookie of the Year after posting a dazzling .961 SV% and conference best 0.71 GAA for the regular season champion Bisons.
Taraschuk split duties this season in Manitoba with Rachel Dyck, as the Herd's two-headed brick wall helped the team to a 19-5-3-1 record.
The first-year goalie is the first Bison to be named the conference's top rookie since Alanna Sharman claimed the honour during the 2014-15 season.
"Lauren had a tremendous first year in our program. To post the numbers she did as a first-year goaltender in this league speaks to her ability, talent and perseverance. She is a determined player who has had an immediate impact on our team and has a very bright future." – Jon Rempel, Manitoba head coach.
D – Mikayla Ogrodniczuk, UBC Thunderbirds
Kinesiology – Health Sciences
2017-18 CW regular season: 28 GP / 0G – 2A – 2 Pts.
A tough defender who has become known for her hard work both on and off the ice, Mikayla Ogrodniczuk is the CW Student-Athlete Community Service award winner thanks to her outstanding performance in the classroom and the community.
Ogrodniczuk was an Academic All-Canadian in 2016-17, and posted a 3.75 GPA during the first semester of the 2017-18 season.
Along with her success in the classroom, the health sciences student has been leading the charge for student-athlete metal health on campus at UBC. With assistance from her dad John, who is a highly-regarded psychiatrist at UBC, she worked countless hours to help develop UBC Athletes Hub – a website dedicated to providing mental health resources for student-athletes.
Along with her continued work on mental health issues, she is also part of UBC's access and diversity program, where she assists students with disabilities in taking notes, helping ensure that all students with a registered disability at UBC have equal access to course material.
"Helping build the UBC Athletes Hub, the first mental health resource dedicated strictly for a student-athlete population, is incredible. It's inspiring and hopefully something that will be built on for athletes across North America. We're really proud of Mikayla and the dedication and effort she's put into mental health awareness and support for student athletes everywhere." – Graham Thomas, UBC head coach.
Jon Rempel, Manitoba Bisons
2017-18 CW regular season record: 19-5-3-1 (first CW)
For the second consecutive season, Jon Rempel has been chosen by his peers as the CW Coach of the Year – the fifth of his 14-year career.
With 214 career regular season wins to his name, Rempel has built Manitoba into a perennial contender for the Canada West title and guided the Herd to a CW regular season best 19-5-3-1 record this season.
He now moves forward as the Canada West nominee for the U SPORTS Coach of the Year award, where he will be looking to claim the national award for the first time in his career.
"Jon Rempel being named Canada West Women's Hockey Coach of the Year is a special accolade for Bison Sports and our women's hockey program. As the leader of our women's hockey team, Jon is fully absorbed in the role and the responsibilities that it entails. He is dedicated to the achievement of our student-athletes in all facets of their lives. Bison Sports recognizes and values his effort, energy and time. Jon's award is thoroughly deserved." – Gene Muller, University of Manitoba Director of Athletics and Recreation.
2017-18 CW WOMEN'S HOCKEY ALL-STARS & ALL-ROOKIES
Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown
Jessica Vance / G / Saskatchewan / 2 / Prince Albert, Sask.
Erica Rieder / D / Manitoba / 4 / Regina, Sask.
Celine Tardif / D / UBC / 4 / Parksville, B.C.
Autumn MacDougall / F / Alberta / 3 / Dartmouth, N.S.
Alex Poznikoff / F / Alberta / 3 / Edmonton, Alta.
Jordyn Zacharias / F / Manitoba / 3 / Winnipeg, Man.
Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown
Alicia Anderson / G / Lethbridge / 3 / Calgary, Alta.
Cayle Dillon / D / Alberta / 3 / Edmonton, Alta.
Taylor Kezama / D / Alberta / 2 / Camrose, Alta.
Kaitlin Willoughby / F / Saskatchewan / 5 / Prince Albert, Sask.
Alanna Sharman / F / Manitoba / 4 / Winnipeg, Man.
Hannah Clayton-Carroll / F / UBC / 3 / Vancouver, B.C.
Name / Position / University / Hometown
Lauren Taraschuk / G / Manitoba / Winnipeg, Man.
Lauren Warkentin / D / Manitoba / Steinbach, Man.
Abby Krzyzaniak / D / Alberta / Neepawa, Man.
Ireland Perrott / F / UBC / Calahoo, Alta.
Shay-Lee McConnell / F / UBC / Port Alberni, B.C.
Jordan Kulbida / F / Regina / Saskatoon, Sask.