Hockey: University Cup - The Awards Banquet

I'm a bit late getting this posted as I had a few "pops" with friends after the awards banquet last night. Who knew the LCBO gives out air miles with purchases?

First, let's copy and paste all of the award winners, and therefore not bury the lede.


Senator Joseph A. Sullivan trophy (player of the year):
Hunter Tremblay, UNB
Defenceman of the year:
Marc-André Dorion, McGill
Goaltender of the year:
Steve Christie, Manitoba
Clare Drake award (rookie of the year):
Jared Gomes, UPEI
R.W. Pugh award (most sportsmanlike player):
Francis Guérette-Charland, UQTR
Father George Kehoe memorial award (coach of the year):
Gardiner MacDougall, UNB
Dr. Randy Gregg award (outstanding student-athlete):
Tyler Metcalfe, Alberta
First Team
Position - Athlete - University - Year - Hometown - Faculty
Goaltender Steve Christie Manitoba 4 Winnipeg, Man. Kinesiology & Recreation Management
Defence Marc-André Dorion McGill 2 St-Hubert, Que. Physical & Health Education
Defence Andrew Hotham Saint Mary's 3 Barrie, Ont. Commerce
Forward Chad Klassen Alberta 4 Saskatoon, Sask. Physical Education & Recreation
Forward Francis Verreault-Paul McGill 2 Mashteviatsh, Que. Science, General Kinesiology
Forward Hunter Tremblay UNB 3 Timmins, Ont. BBA
Second Team
Goaltender Keaton Hartigan Waterloo 2 Kitchener, Ont. Sociology
Defence Kyle Fecho Alberta 4 Hanna, Alta. Business
Defence Luke Gallant UNB 3 Bedford, N.S. BBA
Forward John Scott Dickson UNB 5 Barrie, Ont. BSc Kinesiology
Forward Chris Ray Waterloo 3 Kelowna, B.C. Environment & Business
Forward Derek Ryan Alberta 3 Spokane, Wash. Physical Education & Recreation
All-Rookie Team
Goaltender Neil Conway Saint Mary's 1 Concord, Ohio Commerce
Defence Ben Shutron UNB 1 Orleans, Ont. BND
Defence Scott Aarsen Western 1 London, Ont. King's College
Forward Sean Ringrose Alberta 1 Edmonton, Alta. Physical Education & Recreation
Forward Thomas Kiriakou Guelph 1 Richmond Hill, Ont. B.A. - History
Forward Jared Gomes UPEI 1 Brampton, Ont. BBA

Everyone I talked to last night thought it was a much better banquet and awards presentation than last year. Food was the standard, but delicious, safe banquet fare of soup-salad-chicken-vegetables, although the emcee tried twice to joke that Alberta would have preferred beef. The evening's proceedings were snappier than last year with lots of loud music and graphics, although the local emcee didn't get off one joke that worked.

It was nice to see the deserved award winners have the opportunity to give their thank yous this year - though most stuck with the "thanks to my teammates, coach and congrats to the other nominees" script. Dr. Randy Gregg award winner Tyler Metcalfe of Alberta did make the point to his peers that any contribution that a hockey player can make to his community, so matter how small, is valuable and coach of the year Gardiner MacDougall joked that the award is obviously a regular season award and pointed out to fellow nominee Mike Sirant of Manitoba that he saved him the fate of recent coaching award winners -- dropping their first game at the University Cup.

More to follow later ...

UNB’s Tremblay named player of the year (CIS)
Tremblay wins Sullivan Trophy (Leith Dunick,
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