Kennedy Ganser and Tyson Baillie named Canada West Hockey Rookies of the Year

    By Canada West Communications on March 2, 2017

    EDMONTON - The 2016-17 Canada West Men and Women's hockey awards were announced on Thursday by Canada West, as a pair of freshman Bears and Pandas were honoured by the conference. Rookie Golden Bear Tyson Baillie, and rookie Panda Kennedy Ganser were named their respective league's Rookies of the Year. 

    Highlights:

    - Calgary Dino Elgin Pearce is the 2016-17 Canada West Men’s Hockey Outstanding Player after leading the conference in goal scoring (20)
    - Manitoba Bisons forward Lauryn Keen’s breakout season earned her the 2016-17 Canada West Women’s Hockey Outstanding Player Award Thursday
    - Saskatchewan earned three major awards, as Jordon Cooke (Goaltender of the Year), Jesse Forsberg (Top Defencemen), and Dave Adolph (Coach of the Year) were selected winners
    - Alberta’s Kennedy Ganser is the Canada West Rookie of the Year, while Mount Royal’s Sarah Weninger is the Student-Athlete Community Service honouree
    - The Huskies meet Alberta and the 2016-17 Canada West Rookie of the Year Tyson Baillie this weekend in Saskatoon for the CW Final, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. CT
    - The Canada West Women’s Hockey Final opens Friday in Vancouver, when the UBC Thunderbirds host the Alberta Pandas in the best-of-three series 

    All Canada West Hockey Final games can be seen live on CanadaWest.tv
     
    2016-17 CW Men’s Hockey Award Winners

    Rookie of the Year – U of A Hockey Alumni Trophy
     
    Tyson Baillie
    Alberta
    Forward
    1st-year
    Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.
    Last WHL team: Kelowna Rockets

    Tyson Baillie is the 2016-17 Canada West Men’s Hockey Rookie of the Year after leading the conference rookie scoring race with 26 points.
     
    Baillie is the first Golden Bear to win Canada West Rookie of the Year since Stephane Legault was given the award in 2014-15, and is the eighth Bear overall to win the award.
     
    The first-year Golden Bear led Canada West freshman with 13 goals and 26 points in 28 conference games – three more points than Mount Royal’s Jamal Watson. Baillie also tied for the conference lead in game-winning goals with four.
     
    Highlighting the Edmonton products rookie campaign was his incredible consistency, as he was held off the scoresheet just ten times in 28 games, recording eight multi-point games.
     
    The former Kelowna Rocket carried over his scoring touch from junior, where he posted 95 points last season as 20-year-old.
     
    Baillie moves forward as the conference nominee for the U SPORTS Clare Drake Award as the nation’s top rookie.
     
    “Tyson has had a tremendous first season. He is a relentless worker in the offensive zone, which allowed him to quickly establish himself as an offensive leader on our team. His five seasons with the Kelowna Rockets and participation at the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup definitely prepared him to be an immediate contributor on our team this season. The Golden Bears Hockey program is fortunate to have a player with such high character and work ethic like Tyson.” – Alberta head coach Serge Lajoie

     


    Outstanding Player of the Year – Sullivan Trophy Nominee
    Sportsmanship and Ability – UBC Hockey Alumni Trophy

     
    Elgin Pearce
    Calgary
    Forward
    4th-year
    Port Coquitlam, B.C.
    Last WHL team: Medicine Hat Tigers
     
    Goaltender of the Year
     
    Jordon Cooke
    Saskatchewan
    Goaltender
    3rd-year
    Leduc, Alta.
    Last WHL team: Kelowna Rockets
     
    Top Defencemen – Mervyn “Red” Dutton Trophy
     
    Jesse Forsberg
    Saskatchewan
    Defencemen
    3rd-year
    Waldheim, Sask.
    Last WHL team: Moose Jaw Warriors
     
     
    Student-Athlete Community Service – Randy Gregg Award nominee
     

    Drydn Dow
    Calgary
    Defencemen
    4th-year
    Calgary, Alta.
    Last WHL team: Tri-City Americans
     
    Coach of the Year
     
    Dave Adolph
    Saskatchewan

     
    Dave “Sweeney” Schriner Scoring Trophy
     
    Connor Rankin
    Mount Royal
    Forward
    2nd-year
    North Vancouver, B.C.

    2016-17 CW Women’s Hockey Award Winners

    Rookie of the Year 

    Kennedy Ganser
    Alberta
    Forward
    1st-year
    Provost, Alta. 

    Kennedy Ganser, a forward for the University of Alberta Pandas hockey team, is the 2016-17 Canada West Women’s Hockey Rookie of the Year. She becomes the first Alberta Panda to earn the honour since Jessica Kampjes won the award in 2012-13. 

    The first-year Panda led all Canada West rookies with 17 points this season, suiting up in all 28 games. Ganser’s 17 points were two more than UBC Thunderbird Mairead Bast, while her seven goals were tied with Manitoba Bison Sheridan Oswald for tops among rookies. 

    The Provost, Alta. product also showed her potential as a strong two-way forward, adding 84 shots and a +13 rating this season.

    Ganser will now be the Canada West nominee for the U SPORTS Rookie of the Year.

    “Kennedy has been a tremendous addition to our roster. She is the kind of player that coaches can build a program around. She has a high degree of skill and a hockey IQ to match. These abilities have made her a strong addition to all of our specialty situations. Despite her smaller stature, she competes like a giant on both sides of the puck. She is already and will continue to be a tough player to play against in the next four years of her career.” – Alberta head coach Howie Draper


    Outstanding Player of the Year

    Lauryn Keen
    Manitoba
    Forward
    3rd-year
    Manitou, Man.
     
    Student-Athlete Community Service

    Sarah Weninger
    Mount Royal
    Forward
    5th-year
    Lethbridge, Alta.
     
    Coach of the Year

    Jon Rempel
    Manitoba 

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