Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Former Kelwona Rocket Ryan Wade named Canada West Hockey MVP

Conference's seven awards won by former WHL players

Fifth-year senior forward and former Kelowna Rocket Ryan Wade of the University of Alberta Golden Bears has been named the Canada West Hockey Most Valuable Player for 2003-04.

Wade's MVP Award is one of seven announced by the Canada West Universities Athletic Association today. All seven of the conference's annual award winners come from the two teams which meet for the 2003-04 Canada West Hockey championship at Clare Drake Arena in Edmonton on Friday-Sunday, March 12th-14th, as Alberta won six awards and the Saskatchewan Huskies earned one.

Following are the 2003-04 Canada West Hockey award winners:

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
(Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy Nominee)
Ryan Wade (F), Alberta (Kelowna, 1996-99)

DAVE "SWEENEY" SCHRINER TROPHY
(Canada West Hockey Leading Scorer)
Ryan Wade (F), Alberta (Kelowna, 1996-99)

MERVYN "RED" DUTTON TROPHY
(Canada West Hockey Outstanding Defenceman)
Blair St. Martin (D), Alberta (Medicine Hat, 1995-98)

U OF ALBERTA HOCKEY ALUMNI TROPHY
(Canada West Hockey Outstanding Freshman)
Ben Thomson (F), Alberta (Medicine Hat, 1997-02)

UBC HOCKEY ALUMNI TROPHY
(Sportsmanship & Ability)
Dean Beuker (F), Saskatchewan (Portland / Regina, 1998-02)

RANDY GREGG AWARD
(Athletics, Academics & Community Service)
Jeff Zorn (D), Alberta (Kootenay/Prince George/ Saskatoon, 1996-00)

ADAM KRYCZKA MEMORIAL TROPHY
(Lowest Goals Against Average)
Clayton Pool (Kamloops/Kootenay, 1996-00), Dustin Schwartz (Medicine Hat / Red Deer, 1996-00), Alberta

Wade's selection marks the ninth time that an Alberta player has been named Canada West Hockey MVP since the award was inaugurated in 1978-79. The 5'11", 190-pound Business student from Victoria, BC joins former Golden Bears Randy Gregg (1979-80), Sid Cranston (1987-88), Stacey Wakabayashi (1988-89), Serge Lajoie (1992-93), Mike Jickling (1997-98), Mike Thompson (1998-99) and Russ Hewson (1999-00 & 2000-01).

The MVP Award is one of two awards won by Wade as the Alberta assistant captain also won the Dave "Sweeney" Schriner Trophy as the conference's leading scorer. In his fifth and final season of CIS hockey, Wade topped the Canada West Hockey scoring race with 44 points, scoring a conference-leading 25 goals and 19 assists. Wade's 25 goals also led the CIS and he finished fourth in the national scoring race.

Joining Wade as a conference award winner are teammates Blair St. Martin, Ben Thomson, Jeff Zorn, Clayton Pool and Dustin Schwartz and Saskatchewan's Dean Beuker.

Alberta team captain Blair St. Martin won the Mervyn "Red" Dutton Trophy as the conference's outstanding defenceman, becoming the 11th Golden Bear to win the award and the fourth in the last five seasons. It is the second Canada West Hockey trophy won by St. Martin during his career at Alberta. The third-year Medicine student previously won the Randy Gregg Award in 2001-02 and 2002-03 as the conference's outstanding student-athlete.

First-year forward Ben Thomson earned the University of Alberta Hockey Alumni Trophy as the outstanding freshman in Canada West Hockey. Thomson made an outstanding debut in his first season of collegiate hockey as the Alberta forward led all freshmen in scoring, finishing fourth in the conference scoring race with 9-27-36. Named to the Canada West Hockey second all-star team and all-freshman team, Thomson was the third leading scorer among freshmen in the CIS.

Alberta Golden Bears defenceman Jeff Zorn is the conference's winner of the Randy Gregg Award, which is awarded to the player who best combines athletic ability, academics and citizenship. It is the third consecutive season that a Golden Bear has earned the award as the fourth-year Science student follows Blair St. Martin, who won the award in both 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Saskatchewan forward Dean Beuker, a conference first all-star team selection, was the only non-Alberta player to win a Canada West Hockey Award. The second-year forward won the UBC Hockey Alumni Trophy, given to the player who best displays sportsmanship and ability. Beuker finished second in the conference scoring race with 21-21-42 and was assessed only eight minor penalties over the course of the 28-game schedule. It marks the second year that Beuker has earned Canada West Hockey honors as he won both the University of Alberta Hockey Alumni Trophy as the conference's outstanding freshman and the Dave "Sweeney" Schriner Trophy as the leading scorer during his freshman season in 2002-03.

Alberta goaltenders Clayton Pool and Dustin Schwartz combined to win the Adam Krcyczka Memorial Trophy for the lowest goals against average. The Golden Bears duo combined to allow a conference record 48 goals against in the 28-game conference schedule for a Canada West Hockey leading 1.71 goals-against average. Pool has won the award in each of his five seasons with Alberta, becoming the first goaltender in conference history to do so, while Schwartz becomes only the second goaltender to claim the award four times.

As Canada West Hockey MVP, Wade becomes the conference's nominee for the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy, which is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in Canadian intercollegiate hockey. Wade, Zorn, Thomson and Bueker join Alberta head coach Rob Daum, who was named the Canada West Hockey Coach of the Year two weeks ago, as Canada West Hockey representatives in voting for the CIS National Awards to be presented during the CIS University Cup championship tournament in Fredericton, New Brunswick on March 25th-28th.

CANADA WEST HOCKEY AWARDS

CWUAA OUTSTANDING PLAYER AWARD

First awarded in 1978-79, the award is presented to the most outstanding player in the Canada West Hockey conference. The winner then represents the conference as its nominee for the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy, which is presented to the most outstanding player in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

1978-79 Randy Gregg (D), Alberta
1979-80 Jim McLaughlin (F), British Columbia
1980-81 Jerry Farwell (G), Calgary
1981-82 Bill Holowaty (F), British Columbia
1982-83 Willie Desjardins (F), Saskatchewan
1983-84 Dennis Fenske (F), Saskatchewan
1984-85 Bill Holowaty (F), British Columbia
1985-86 Tim Lenardon (F), Brandon
1986-87 Paul Geddes (F), Calgary
1987-88 Sid Cranston (F), Alberta
1988-89 Stacey Wakabayashi (F), Alberta
1989-90 Rod Houk (G), Regina
1990-91 Wayne Hynes (F), Calgary
1991-92 Roydon Gunn (G), Saskatchewan
1992-93 Serge Lajoie (D), Alberta
1993-94 Trevor Kruger (G), Lethbridge
1994-95 Jamie Pegg (D), Calgary
1995-96 Brian Purdy (F), Saskatchewan
1996-97 Todd Johnson (F), Calgary
1997-98 Mike Jickling (F), Alberta
1998-99 Mike Thompson (F), Alberta
1999-00 Russ Hewson (F), Alberta
2000-01 Russ Hewson (F), Alberta
2001-02 Jon Barkman (F), Saskatchewan
2002-03 Derek Schutz (F), Saskatchewan
2003-04 Ryan Wade (F), Alberta

MERVYN "RED" DUTTON TROPHY

Presented annually to the most outstanding defenceman in the Canada West Hockey conference, the trophy is named after the former President of the National Hockey League, Mervyn Dutton. A 10-year veteran (1927-36) of the NHL with the Montreal Maroons and New York Americans, Dutton served as the League's President from 1943 to 1946. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958, he was the owner/coach of the Americans from 1937 to 1942 and was named the NHL's Second Team All-Star coach in 1939. The award was first presented in 1978-79 by the Calgary Oldtimers Hockey Association.

1978-79 Randy Gregg, Alberta
1979-80 Rick Williams, Calgary
1980-81 Ron Fischer, Calgary
1981-82 Steve Blyth, Calgary
1982-83 Shane Pearsall, Calgary
1983-84 Tim Krug, Alberta
1984-85 Rick Amann, British Columbia
1985-86 Chris Saint-Cyr, Manitoba
1986-87 Parie Proft, Alberta
1987-88 Parie Proft, Alberta
1988-89 Doug Quinn, Calgary
1989-90 Doug Quinn, Calgary
1990-91 Doug Quinn, Calgary
1991-92 Ian Herbers, Alberta
1992-93 Serge Lajoie, Alberta
1993-94 Hardy Sauter, Regina
1994-95 Jamie Pegg, Calgary
1995-96 Evan Marble, Calgary
1996-97 Evan Marble, Calgary
1997-98 Trevor Sherban, Alberta
1998-99 Jeff Helperl, Saskatchewan
1999-00 Dion Zukiwsky, Alberta
2000-01 Mike Garrow, Alberta
2001-02 Jeff Zorn, Alberta
2002-03 Dan Hulak, Saskatchewan
2003-04 Blair St. Martin, Alberta

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA HOCKEY ALUMNI TROPHY

Awarded annually to the most outstanding freshman in the conference, the trophy was first presented in 1978-79 by the Golden Bears Hockey Alumni.

1978-79 Willie Desjardins (F), Saskatchewan
1979-80 Bill Holowaty (F), British Columbia
1980-81 Steve Amiss (G), Saskatchewan
1981-82 Dennis Fenske (F), Saskatchewan
1982-83 Robin Bartel (D), Saskatchewan
1983-84 Ken Vinge (F), Calgary
1984-85 Terry Jones (F), Calgary
1985-86 Eric Thurston (D), Alberta
1986-87 Larry Dyck (G), Manitoba
1987-88 Terry Houlder (F), Calgary
1988-89 Nick Sereggela (G), Manitoba
1989-90 Wayne Hynes (F), Calgary
1990-91 Dana McKechnie (F), Lethbridge
1991-92 Craig Lumbard (G), Regina
1992-93 Greg Gatto (F), Lethbridge
1993-94 Jarret Zukiwsky (F), Lethbridge
1994-95 Karry Biette (F), Manitoba
1995-96 Jason Becker (D), Saskatchewan
1996-97 Grady Manson (F), Brandon
1997-98 Jason Issel (F), Saskatchewan
1998-99 Eric Schneider (F), Calgary
1999-00 Clayton Pool (G), Alberta
2000-01 Jeff Zorn (D), Alberta
2001-02 Dan Hulak (D), Saskatchewan
2002-03 Dean Beuker (F), Saskatchewan
2003-04 Ben Thomson (F), Alberta

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA HOCKEY ALUMNI TROPHY

Presented annually to the player who best combines sportsmanship and athletic ability. First awarded in 1978-79, the trophy was donated to Canada West Hockey by the UBC Thunderbirds' hockey alumni.

1978-79 Jim Causgrove (F), Alberta
1979-80 Jim Lomas (F), Alberta
1980-81 Greg Wiebe (F), Saskatchewan
1981-82 Randy Wiebe (F), Saskatchewan
1982-83 Willie Desjardins (F), Saskatchewan
1983-84 Randy Wiebe (F), Saskatchewan
1984-85 Bill Holowaty (F), British Columbia
1985-86 Paul Geddes (F), Calgary
1986-87 Paul Geddes (F), Calgary
1987-88 Stacey Wakabayashi (F), Alberta
1988-89 Stacey Wakabayashi (F), Alberta
1989-90 Rob McKechney (D), Saskatchewan
1990-91 David Whistle (F), Brandon
1991-92 Darrin McKechnie (F), Regina
1992-93 Ryan Campbell (F), Manitoba
1993-94 Trevor Ellerman (F), Lethbridge
1994-95 Dana McKechnie (F), Lethbridge
1995-96 Brian Purdy (F), Saskatchewan
1996-97 Brian Purdy (F), Saskatchewan
1997-98 Mike Jickling (F), Alberta
1998-99 Trevor Ethier (F), Saskatchewan
1999-00 Sheldon Moser (F), Saskatchewan
2000-01 Kris Knoblauch (F), Alberta
2001-02 Jon Barkman (F), Saskatchewan
2002-03 Wade Burt (F), Alberta
2003-04 Dean Beuker (F), Saskatchewan

DR. RANDY GREGG AWARD

Inaugurated in 1990-91 by Canada West Hockey following the establishment of a national award by the Spectrum Registered Education Savings Plan, the award is presented to the player who demonstrates excellence in hockey, academic and community service. The winner is the conference's nominee for the CIS national award, which is presented by The Sports Network. The award is named in honor of Randy Gregg, who captained the University of Alberta Golden Bears to two CIS University Cup championships and was the Sullivan Trophy winner as the CIS Player of the Year in 1978-79. He went on to win five Stanley Cups as a member of the Edmonton Oilers and was also the captain of the 1980 and 1988 Canadian Olympic Teams.

1990-91 Rod Houk (G), Regina
1991-92 Ian Herbers (D), Alberta
1992-93 Ryan Campbell (F), Manitoba
1993-94 Todd Goodwin (F), Alberta
1994-95 Dana McKechnie (F), Lethbridge
1995-96 Guy Williams (F), Brandon
1996-97 Aaron Campbell (F), Saskatchewan
1997-98 Cam Danyluk (F), Alberta
1998-99 Cam Danyluk (F), Alberta
1999-00 Trevor Ethier (F), Saskatchewan
2000-01 Marc Gaudet (F), Manitoba
2001-02 Blair St. Martin (D), Alberta
2002-03 Blair St. Martin (D), Alberta
2003-04 Jeff Zorn (D), Alberta