OUA MEN'S HOCKEY ALL-STARS ANNOUNCED

Lakehead's Scherban named MVP

HAMILTON - Heading into the third week of Ontario University Athletics (OUA) men's hockey playoffs, the league is pleased to announce the 2004-05 all-stars and major award winners, as selected by the coaches.

Joel Scherban, of the Lakehead Thunderwolves was named the Bill L'Heureux Trophy winner, presented by Sher-wood Hockey, for the most outstanding player in the regular season. The four-time OUA all-star and native of Thunder Bay led the Thunderwolves with 16 goals this season, fifth in the OUA and placing him second on the team in scoring with 27 points. As team captain, Scherban plays a pivotal role both on the power play and penalty kill, helping the Thunderwolves to a 15-8-1 record. Scherban was also named the OUA West division Most Valuable Player.

For only the second time in OUA history, the division Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year fall to the same recipient. Goaltender Mathieu Poitras of the McGill University Redmen, received both honours for his outstanding season. The Gatineau, QC native had a 1.99 goals against average in 22 games this season, accumulating a record of 16-5-1. He also helped lead the Redmen to a league-best 17-6-1 record with his CIS-leading 0.933 save percentage. In 2002-03, netminder Derek Dolson, of the York University Lions, was the first rookie to be selected for both awards in the same year.

Receiving the Rookie of the Year in the West division was fellow goaltender Curtis Darling, of the University of Waterloo Warriors. A native of Calgary, AB, Darling averaged 2.02 goals against, just behind Poitras. The first-year Engineering student posted a 12-5-3 record and 0.932 save percentage.

Darling's coach, Karl Taylor, received his first OUA West Coach of the Year award. In just two years the Warriors bench boss has turned the last year's 8-14-0-2 squad to a 13-8-3 team, that saw an eight-game unbeaten streak in January, including two wins apiece over perennial powerhouses in the OUA Far West division, Lakehead and The University of Western Ontario Mustangs.

In the East division, McGill's head coach Martin Raymond was honoured. The 10-year bench boss led the Redmen to their first regular season division title since 1946. It is Raymond's second Coach of the Year award, receiving his first in 1999-00.

Outside of the MVP, Waterloo made it clean sweep in the West division major awards as rookie Shawn Germain (St. Paul, AB) was named Most Sportsmanlike and teammate Chris Hopiavuori (Kitchener, ON) was named the Randy Gregg nominee. A pair of University of Toronto Varsity Blues received the remaining East major awards. Fifth-year forward Mike Nason (Pickering, ON) added to his second team all-star with the Most Sportsmanlike award. For the second time in three years, Toronto's Mike Hutchison (Toronto) was the named the OUA East Randy Gregg Nominee.

The OUA men's hockey playoffs continue this week with four teams remaining. #8 McGill takes on #7 UQTR in the East final, while arch-rivals #6 Western and #9 Lakehead battle it out in the West. The Queen's Cup will take place at the winner of the Western-Lakehead series Saturday, March 19, 2005.

BILL L'HEUREUX TROPHY
Most Outstanding Player, presented by Sher-wood Hockey - Joel Scherban - Lakehead

EAST DIVISION (FAR EAST AND MID EAST)
MAJOR AWARDS
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - Mathieu Poitras - McGill
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Mathieu Poitras - McGill
MOST SPORTSMANLIKE - Mike Nason - Toronto
RANDY GREGG NOMINEE - Mike Hutchison - Toronto
COACH OF THE YEAR - Martin Raymond - McGill

FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS
GOAL - Mathieu Poitras - McGill
DEFENCE - Daniel Jacob - McGill
DEFENCE - Chris Boucher - Ottawa
FORWARD - Doug Orr - McGill
FORWARD - Benoit Martin - McGill
FORWARD - Ian Malcolm - Toronto

SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS
GOAL - Mathieu Blanchard - Ottawa
DEFENCE - Brent Maurice - RMC
DEFENCE - Andrew Davis - Concordia
FORWARD - Tyler Middlebrook - RMC
FORWARD - Fred Faucher - Concordia
FORWARD - Mike Nason - Toronto

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
GOAL - Mathieu Poitras - McGill
DEFENCE - David Urquart - McGill
DEFENCE - Ian Miller - RMC
FORWARD - Ben McLeod - Ottawa
FORWARD - Bruno Champagne - Concordia
FORWARD - Roman Surteck - RMC

WEST DIVISION (FAR WEST AND MID WEST)
MAJOR AWARDS
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - Joel Scherban - Lakehead
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Curtis Darling - Waterloo
MOST SPORTSMANLIKE - Shawn Germain - Waterloo
RANDY GREGG NOMINEE - Chris Hopiarvuori - Waterloo
COACH OF THE YEAR - Karl Taylor - Waterloo

FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS
GOAL - Curtis Darling - Waterloo
DEFENCE - Erick Lodge - Lakehead
DEFENCE - Shawn Thompson - Western
FORWARD - Joel Scherban - Lakehead
FORWARD - Scott Rozendal - Guelph
FORWARD - Jeff Richards - Lakehead

SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS
GOAL - Ken Ritson - Guelph
DEFENCE - Nick Vuckovic - Laurier
DEFENCE - Matt Bannan - Western
FORWARD - Mike Rice - Western
FORWARD - Phil Knapp - York
FORWARD - Jamie Chamberlain - Western

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
GOAL - Curtis Darling - Waterloo
DEFENCE - Marcus Smith - York
DEFENCE - Matt Manias - Western
FORWARD - Doug Spooner - Waterloo
FORWARD - Sal Peralta - Western
FORWARD - Craig Kennedy - Western

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