Dillon and Poznikoff named to U SPORTS All-Star squad

    By Connor Hood w/files from U SPORTS on July 11, 2018

    TORONTO (U SPORTS) – Six returning players highlight the U SPORTS Women’s Hockey All-Star roster announced on Thursday, set to attend Hockey Canada’s Summer Showcase in Calgary, Aug. 2-11. 

    For the third straight year, the U SPORTS All-Stars will take part in the Summer Showcase, playing four games - two against Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Development Team, and another pair of contests versus Japan’s national women’s program.

    University of Alberta Panda Alex Poznikoff was one of the six returning players, after competing with the U SPORTS All-Stars last summer. Fellow third-year Panda, and team captain Cayle Dillon was also named to the team for the first time. Dillon and Poznikoff are two of five players from Canada West named to the team. 

    In three seasons with the Pandas, Poznikoff has established herself as one of the conferences top scorers, lighting the lamp 36 times in 80 Canada West games. The Edmonton product was also a 2016 Canada West All-Rookie Team member, and a 2017 and 2018 first team all-star.

    Both Dillon, a former all-rookie team member and 2018 conference all-star herself, and Poznikoff played crucial roles in the Pandas 2017 U SPORTS Championship run. 

    Stacey Colarossi, head coach of the Laurentian Voyageurs, will serve as the team’s bench boss for the second consecutive year, joined by assistants Marc-André Côté of the Moncton Aigles Bleues, Greg Bowles of the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Terry Rhindress of the Mount Allison Mounties.

    The Summer Showcase will be held at WinSport in Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park.

    First Name Last Name School Hometown Elig.* HT Program
    Katherine Purchase Concordia Halifax, N.S. 4 5-10 Accounting
    Maude Trevisan Montreal Montreal, Que. 1 5-9 Industrial Relations
    Marie-Joëlle Allard Concordia Victoriaville, Que. 5 5-7 Business Admin.
    Cayle Dillon Alberta Edmonton, Alta. 3 5-5 Kinesiology, Sport and Rec.
    Lindsey Donovan** StFX Miramichi, N.B. 2 5-9 Arts
    Cassidy Herman Ottawa Ottawa, Ont. 2 5-6 Social Science
    Celine Tardif UBC Parksville, B.C. 4 5-8 Kinesiology
    Alex Woods St. Thomas Courtice, Ont. 2 5-5 Arts
    Audrey Belzile Concordia St. Hyacinthe, Que. 2 5-4 Business
    Mélodie Bouchard** Ottawa Sept-Îles, Que. 3 5-4 Social Science
    Sarah Bujold** StFX Riverview, N.B. 4 5-6 Human Kinetics
    April Clark Western St. Mary’s, Ont. 3 5-3 Brescia College
    Maria Dominico Nipissing North Bay, Ont. 1 Social Work
    Jade Downie-Landry McGill St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. 3 5-8 Psychology
    Catherine Dubois Montreal Charlesbourg, Que. 3 5-10 Arts and Sciences
    Claudia Dubois** Concordia Saguenay, Que. 3 5-8 Leisure Sciences
    Ailish Forfar Ryerson Sharon, Ont. 5 5-6 Sport Media
    Alex Poznikoff** Alberta Edmonton, Alta. 3 5-2 Kinesiology, Sport and Rec.
    Alanna Sharman Manitoba Winnipeg, Man. 4 5-8 Management
    Kaitilin Willoughby** Saskatchewan Prince Albert, Sask. 5 5-6 Nursing


    *Eligibility in 2017-18 season
    **Returning from 2017 Summer Showcase roster


    Head Coach: Stacey Colarossi, Laurentian**
    Assistant Coach: Marc-André Côté, Moncton**
    Assistant Coach: Greg Bowles, Ottawa
    Assistant Coach: Terry Rhindress, Mount Allison


    Equipment Manager: Nathan Higgins, Mount Royal
    Video Coach: Steven Paonne, Guelph
    Massage Therapist: Keri Graham
    Team Doctor: Dr. Jen Hacking
    Sports Psychologist: Dr. Natascha Wesch
    Strength & Conditioning Coach: Alanna Veerman, Toronto