Lakers' Dominico headlines U SPORTS women’s hockey major award winners

Photo by Nipissing Lakers
Photo by Nipissing Lakers

LONDON, Ont. (U SPORTS) – StFX forward Daley Oddy 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.

Nipissing forward Maria Dominico captured Rookie of the Year honours while Ryerson forward Ailish Forfar earned the Marion Hilliard Award for Student-Athlete Community Service for her outstanding contribution both on and off the ice. Finally, Manitoba bench boss Jon Rempel was named Coach of the Year. 

 

BRODRICK TROPHY (Player of the Year): Daley Oddy, StFX

A fifth-year human kinetics student from Cranbrook, B.C., Daley Oddy is the U SPORTS Player of the Year. The captain of the X-Women, Oddy led the nation in both points (31) and goals scored this season (16). 

An AUS all-star in all five seasons she has played at StFX, the versatile forward helped guide the X-Women to a first-place finish in the regular season, with a 20-2-2 record, and the team did not miss a week being ranked in the U SPORTS Top 10.

Oddy’s plus-minus rating of plus-24 was also the highest in the country, while her six game-winning goals and six power play markers were tops in all of U SPORTS.  

“Daley is very deserving of the U SPORTS Player of the Year award because of the way she plays the game,” said StFX head coach Ben Berthiuam. “She is one of the hardest working players on the ice who works just as hard on the defensive side of the puck as the offensive side. She is the type of player who can take over a game, and she has scored some huge goals for us this year. Daley has also turned into a great leader for our team which will be a big asset to her in the future.” 

Nominees

CW: Jessica Vance, Saskatchewan

OUA: Katrina Manoukarakis

RSEQ: Jessica Cormier, Montreal

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Maria Dominico, Nipissing

Maria Dominico is the first Nipissing Lakers women’s hockey player in the program’s history to win a major national award, following up her OUA rookie of the year with this honour. 

Dominico was tied for second in the nation in goals with 15, while finishing sixth in the country in points with 26.

She joins two fellow teammates – Zosia Davis and Kaley Tienhaara – as the only three Lakers to earn U SPORTS All-Rookie team honours.

“Maria got off to a tremendous start in her rookie year – she has become a threat every time she was on the ice,” said Nipissing head coach Darren Turcotte. “Any time you have a first-year player come in and put up numbers that she has is obviously a bonus and she is a very dynamic player, very skilled player. She got more comfortable as the first half went on. We are obviously thrilled at what she has done and look forward to what she will do in the future.” 

Nominees

CW: Lauren Taraschuk, Manitoba

RSEQ: Lidia Fillion, Concordia

AUS: Emerson Elliott, StFX

 

MARION HILLIARD AWARD (Student-Athlete Community Service): Ailish Forfar, Ryerson

Ailish Forfar becomes the first Ryerson Rams women’s hockey player to win the U SPORTS Student-Athlete Community Service Award and is also the first to win any major award at the national level. 
 
On top of being the Rams captain and leading-scorer this season with 11 goals and 23 points, Forfar also plays a big role off the ice. 
 
An Academic All-Canadian, Forfar has been a standout in the community, taking part in such initiatives as the Ryerson University athletics humanitarian trip to Ghana where she will serve as a student leader helping to plan, organize, fundraise and more; volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters to help develop and grow relationships with young females; Ryerson’s inaugural You Can Play Game to raise awareness for LGBTQ rights; Do It For Daron fundraising to raise awareness for mental health through campus and league-wide fundraising; and so much more with and beyond the Ryerson Athletics community. 

"In just two short years at Ryerson, Ailish has left an impact that is unmatched in our hockey program. She sets the benchmark at every turn,” said Ryerson head coach Lisa Haley. “The measurable things she's done are in plain sight, like being an All-Canadian, being one of our fittest athletes, leading our team in scoring, and basically re-writing our record book.

“But even bigger than that is what Ailish is all about as a human being. Where her light has shone brightest is in her desire to leave things better than when she came, to leave a legacy.  She's travelling the globe trying to make a difference, whether it be at an orphanage in Cambodia, or telling the story of a Paralympian in South Korea, or simply by helping a teammate with an assignment. For us, she is not just the player with the "C" on her jersey. She genuinely is the soul of our team. She is our leader - and she is the best kind of leader because she understands that the purpose of leadership is not about getting others to follow, it’s about inspiring others to lead.”

Nominees

CW: Mikayla Ogrodniczuk, UBC

RSEQ: Nicole Howlett, McGill

AUS: Beatrice Harrietha, Saint Mary’s

 

COACH OF THE YEAR: Jon Rempel, Manitoba

For the first time in his 14-year career, John Rempel has been selected as U SPORTS women’s hockey Coach of the Year. 

Rempel guided the squad to the 2018 Canada West championship – just the third in the 21-year history of the program – after claiming top spot in the conference for the first time with a 19-5-4 regular season record. In addition, the Herd registered the second-most points in CW history with 64.

The Bisons reached the No. 1 ranking in the U SPORTS Top 10 poll for the first time in program’s history at the start of December 2017, and went on to claim the top spot for seven weeks in two different stints, while being ranked throughout the entire season.

“Jon Rempel being named U SPORTS women’s hockey Coach of the Year is a very special accolade for Bison Sports and our women’s hockey program,” said Gene Muller, University of Manitoba Director of Athletics and Recreation. As the leader of our women’s hockey team, Jon is fully absorbed in the role and the responsibilities that it entails. He is dedicated to the achievement of our student-athletes in all facets of their lives. Bison Sports recognizes and values his effort, energy and time. Jon’s major national award is thoroughly deserved.”

Nominees

OUA: Matt Holmberg, Queen’s

RSEQ: Ben Berthiaume, StFX

AUS: Isabelle Leclaire, Montreal

 

2018 U SPORTS WOMEN’S HOCKEY ALL-CANADIANS

First Team

 

Pos.

First Name

Last Name

School

Elig.

Hometown

Program

F

Daley

Oddy

StFX

5

Cranbrook, B.C.

Human Kinetics

F

Katrina

Manoukarakis

Queen's

3

Scarborough, Ont.

Physical and Health Education

F

Autumn

MacDougall

Alberta

3

Dartmouth, N.S.

Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation

D

Lindsey

Donovan

StFX

2

Miramichi, B.C.

Arts

D

Zosia

Davis

Nipissing

4

Cobden, Ont.

Biology

G

Jessica

Vance

Saskatchewan

2

Prince Albert, Sask.

Kinesiology

 

Second Team

 

Pos.

First Name

Last Name

School

Elig.

Hometown

Program

F

Jessica

Cormier

Montreal

4

Cap-Aux-Meules, Que.

Business Admin.

F

Breanna

Lanceleve

Saint Mary's

5

Middle Sackville, N.S.

Business

F

Ailish

Forfar

Ryerson

5

Sharon, Ont.

Radio & TV Arts: Sport Media

D

Erica

Rieder

Manitoba

4

Regina, Sask.

Environment, Earth & Resources

D

Alexandra

Woods

St. Thomas

2

Courtice, Ont.

Arts

G

Rebecca

Clark

Saint Mary's

3

Keswick, Ont.

Geography

 

All-Rookie Team

 

Pos.

First Name

Last Name

School

Elig.

Hometown

Program

F

Maria

Dominico

Nipissing

1

North Bay, Ont.

Social Work

F

Emerson

Elliott

StFX

1

Aurora, Ont.

Arts

F

Lidia

Fillion

Concordia

1

Sherbrooke, Que.

Exercise Science

D

Gabrielle

De Serres

Toronto

1

Mont-Royal, Que.

Commerce

D

Christine

Deaudelin

Ottawa

1

Beloeil, Que.

Criminology

G

Lauren

Taraschuk

Manitoba

1

Steinbach, Man.

Arts