Alex Poznikoff named U SPORTS Player of the Year

    Poznikoff the 5th Panda to win Player of the year, Howie Draper earns fourth U SPORTS Coach of the Year Award

    By U SPORTS Communications on March 13, 2019

    CHARLOTTETOWN (U SPORTS) – Alberta forward Alex Poznikoff was honoured with the Brodrick Trophy as U SPORTS women’s hockey Player of the Year Wednesday night, as the national award winners were celebrated at the annual All-Canadian gala.

    Past Award Winners

    Ryerson forward Erika Crouse captured Rookie of the Year honours while York forward Jenna Gray earned the Marion Hilliard Award for Student-Athlete Community Service for her outstanding contribution both on and off the ice. Finally, Alberta bench boss Howie Draper was named Fox 40 Coach of the Year.  

    Poznikoff and Pandas forward Autumn MacDougall were also named U SPORTS All-Canadians on Wednesday night. 

    BRODRICK TROPHY (Player of the Year): Alex Poznikoff, Alberta


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

    Poznikoff is the first Panda since Tarin Podloski in 2009 to win the Brodrick Trophy.  

    Poznikoff registered 37 points this season for Alberta, narrowly edging out Moncton’s Katryne Villeneuve and teammate Autumn MacDougall for the national scoring title, as the pair were two-thirds of the nation's most prolific scoring line along with Kennedy Ganser.

    Poznikoff also ranked fourth in goals (15) and second in assists (22) to capture First Team All-Canadian honours. 

    "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,” said Howie Draper. “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." 
    Nominees

    FOX 40 COACH OF THE YEAR: Howie Draper, Alberta

    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 Fox 40 Coach of the Year for a fourth time in his career, after guiding Alberta to a 23-win season and first in the Canada West standings. Draper was previously named the nation’s top coach in 2002, 2004, and 2009. 

    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 U18 Championship earlier this year, when Canada downed the United States 3-2 in overtime to claim gold.

    "What Howie has done with the Pandas hockey program is truly remarkable,” said University of Alberta Athletic Director Ian Reade. “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." 

    ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Erika Crouse, Ryerson

    MARION HILLIARD AWARD (Student-Athlete Community Service): Jenna Gray, York

    2019 U SPORTS WOMEN’S HOCKEY ALL-CANADIANS

    First Team

     

    Pos.

    First Name

    Last Name

    School

    Elig.

    Hometown

    Program

    D

    Lindsey

    Donovan

    StFX

    3

    Miramichi, N.B.

    Arts

    D

    Erica

    Rieder

    Manitoba

    5

    Regina, Sask.

    Environment, Earth & Resources

    F

    Alex

    Poznikoff

    Alberta

    4

    Edmonton, Alta.

    Kin, Sport & Rec.

    F

    April

    Clark

    Western

    4

    St. Mary's, Ont.

    Kinesiology

    F

    Jessica

    Cormier

    Montreal

    5

    Cap-Aux-Meiles, Que.

    Business

    G

    Tory

    Micklash

    UBC

    3

    East St. Paul, Man.

    Kinesiology


    Second Team

     

    Pos.

    First Name

    Last Name

    School

    Elig.

    Hometown

    Program

    D

    Cristine

    Chao

    Toronto

    4

    Toronto, Ont.

    Commerce

    D

    Claudia

    Fortin

    Concordia

    4

    Quebec City, Que.

    Exercise Science

    F

    Katryne

    Villeneuve

    Moncton

    5

    Casselman, Ont.

    Leisure, Sport & Tourism Management

    F

    Autumn

    MacDougall

    Alberta

    4

    Cole Harbour, N.S.

    Kin, Sport & Rec.

    F

    Jade

    Downie-Landry

    McGill

    3

    St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que.

    Psychology

    G

    Tricia

    Deguire

    McGill

    3

    Sherbrooke, Que.

    Kinesiology


    All-Rookie Team

     

    Pos.

    First Name

    Last Name

    School

    Hometown

    Program

    D

    Rylind

    MacKinnon

    UBC

    Cranbrook, B.C.

    Kinesiology

    D

    Jenna

    MacLean

    UNB

    Wilcox, Sask.

    Kinesiology

    F

    Tyra

    Meropoulis

    StFX

    Edson, Alta.

    Business Admin.

    F

    Erika

    Crouse

    Ryerson

    Kirkland Lake, Ont.

    Criminology

    F

    Breanne

    Trotter

    Mount Royal

    Okotoks, Alta.

    University Entrance option

    G

    Kendra

    Woodland

    UNB

    Kamloops, B.C.

    Arts