Poznikoff and Draper earn Canada West Awards

    Alex Poznikoff named Player of the Year, Howie Draper wins sixth Coach of the Year Award

    By Canada West Communications on February 27, 2019

    EDMONTON – Alex Poznikoff has been named the 2018-19 Canada West Women’s Hockey Player of the Year, as announced Wednesday by the conference. 

    The fourth-year Alberta Panda takes home the conference’s highest honour after leading both CW and U SPORTS in scoring with 37 points (15G-22A) this season, helping Alberta to first-place in the conference. 

    Along with Poznikoff, Mount Royal’s Breanne Trotter (Rookie of the Year), and Anna Purschke (Student-Athlete Community Service) also took home honours.

    The conference’s major awards were selected by Canada West’s eight women’s hockey head coaches.

    Joining the trio of players as an award winner was Alberta bench boss Howie Draper, who takes home his sixth CW Coach of the Year award.

    Draper and company are set to host the best-of-three CW Final this weekend in Edmonton, where the Manitoba Bisons will be looking to defend their conference title from a year ago. 

    You can watch the entire series, which opens Friday, by tuning into Canada West TV.

    PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alex Poznikoff

    Alberta Pandas
    Forward
    4th-year
    Edmonton, Alta.
    Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation

    Alex Poznikoff is the conference's Player of the Year, after helping lead the Alberta Pandas to a first-place finish in the regular season.

    Poznikoff registered 37 points this season for Alberta, narrowly edging out teammate Autumn MacDougall for the conference scoring lead, as the pair were two-thirds of the nation's most prolific scoring line along with Kennedy Ganser.

    Both Poznikoff's 15 goals and 22 assists were the best in the conference, as the Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation student topped the nation in points.

    The honour is just the latest on a long list of accomplishments for the Edmonton, Alta. product, who was named a CW first team all-star last week for the third consecutive time in her career. Poznikoff was also a conference all-rookie during the 2015-16 campaign.

    Coach's comments: “Alex is the linchpin of the Pandas hockey team right now, and has been integral to the success that we've experienced as a team this season. She contributes to all aspects of our program, as a strong student-athlete and person that we can all model ourselves after. She pushes herself to greater heights every day in everything that she does, and challenges her teammates and coaches to do the same.” – Alberta Head Coach Howie Draper.

    COACH OF THE YEAR: Howie Draper

    Alberta Pandas
    22 years
    More than two decades into his coaching career and Howie Draper continues to thrive with the Alberta Pandas.

    The longtime coach of the Pandas is the CW Coach of the Year for a sixth time in his career, after guiding Alberta to a 23-win season and first in the conference standings. Draper was previously named the conference's top coach in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2011.

    The award is the latest honour for Draper, who's enjoyed a banner season. The former Golden Bear defenceman guided Team Canada to a gold medal performance at the IIHF Women's U-18 Championship earlier this year, when Canada downed the United States 3-2 in overtime to claim gold.

    Athletic director's comments: “What Howie has done with the Pandas hockey program is truly remarkable. The conference has improved tremendously over the past 20 years, and the fact Howie is still winning coaching awards shows the kind of impact he has had on this team. His lasting legacy with the Pandas will be off the ice, as he has helped countless young women become leaders and role models in the community.”  - University of Alberta Athletic Director Ian Reade.

    ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Breanne Trotter

    Mount Royal Cougars
    Forward
    1st-year
    Okotoks, Alta.
    University Entrance

    STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE: Anna Purschke

    Mount Royal Cougars
    Forward
    3rd-year
    Sherwood Park, Alta.
    Business