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Knox named CIS Player of the Year
ANTIGONISH, N.S. (CIS) – Fourth-year Wilfrid Laurier goaltender Liz Knox was named the CIS player of the year in women’s hockey, Wednesday night.

Knox, a native of Stouffville, Ont., became the first Golden Hawk to claim the Brodrick trophy since women’s hockey was added to the CIS program in 1997-98.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wic

Other CIS major award winners announced at the All-Canadian Banquet at St. Francis Xavier University’s Keating Centre were Manitoba defenceman Caitlin MacDonald of Winnipeg, who was named the nation’s top rookie, Saskatchewan’s Steve Kook, who claimed coach-of-the-year honours, as well as Dalhousie’s Kaitlyn McNutt of Ottawa, who received the Marion Hillard award recognizing excellence in hockey, academics and community involvement.

The 2010 CIS championship gets under way Thursday in Antigonish, N.S., with the first of three days of round-robin action. The national tournament, hosted by StFX for the second straight year, culminates Sunday with the gold-medal final set for 6 p.m. Atlantic Time. SSN Canada will webcast all nine games from the competition.

Knox was honoured following a record-breaking campaign during which she led the nation in every major goaltending categories. The 21-year-old sociology major won 24 of 25 starts during the regular season for the No. 2-ranked Golden Hawks (26-0-1), her only loss coming in overtime in Laurier’s conference finale. She finished first in CIS in wins (24), shutouts (11), goals against average (0.89) and save percentage (.960).

Her 11 shutouts set an OUA single-season record and matched the CIS mark established in 2007-08 by two-time Olympic gold medallist Charline Labonté, who will return to McGill next year after taking a year off from university competition. Knox also tied Labonté’s CIS record of 30 career shutouts, a new OUA standard.

The three-time OUA all-star and first-time all-Canadian resumed her stellar play during the conference playoffs as she allowed two goals and two in four contests to lead Laurier to a seventh straight OUA title. The Hawks have captured the Ontario banner and have advanced to the CIS championship in each of Knox’s four seasons with the team. She was named the top netminder of the 2008 CIS tournament when Laurier claimed the first of two straight silver medals.

Knox, who won a silver medal with Canada at the 2009 MLP Nations Cup (formerly Air Canada Cup) in Ravensburg, Germany, is also involved in the community and takes time out of her busy training schedule to assist Parkinson’s patients at the Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre.

“Liz is a pure example of a student-athlete that has totally accepted the challenge of being the best she can be in the classroom and on the ice,” said Wilfrid Laurier head coach RICK OSBORNE. “She is a world-class athlete who makes everyone around her better and more confident at what they do.”

Moncton forward Mariève Provost of Laval, Que., McGill defenceman Cathy Chartrand of Lac Nominingue, Que., and Saskatchewan forward Breanne George of Saskatoon were the other nominees for the 2009-2010 Brodrick trophy.

Hawk centre Candice Styles (Orangeville, Ont.) added to her two OUA awards after being named to the CIS all-rookie team. She scored eight goals and picked up 12 assists in her inaugural season for the purple and gold and was named the OUA’s rookie of the year. The first year centre showed versatility during the season, playing multiple roles when called upon. She also picked up two power play markers and three game-winning goals in 27 games played. The sociology major finished the season in fourth place in scoring at Laurier and in third place in rookie scoring in the OUA. The last Golden Hawk to be named to the CIS all-rookie team was Andrea Bevan in 2004-05.

2009-2010 CIS WOMEN’S HOCKEY AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS

Brodrick trophy (player of the year): Liz Knox, Wilfrid Laurier
Rookie of the year: Caitlin MacDonald, Manitoba
Coach of the year, presented by Coaches of Canada: Steve Kook, Saskatchewan
Marion Hillard award (outstanding student-athlete – community service): Kaitlyn McNutt, Dalhousie

First Team

Position    Athlete            University    Year    Hometown        Faculty

Goaltender    Liz Knox        Laurier        4    Stouffville, Ont.     Sociology
Defence    Cathy Chartrand    McGill        3    Lac Nominingue, Que.    Education (Physical & Health)
Defence    Caitlin MacDonald    Manitoba    1    Winnipeg, Man.        University 1
Forward    Ann-Sophie Bettez    McGill        3    Sept-Iles, Que.        Management
Forward    Mariève Provost    Moncton    4    Laval, Que.        Kinesiology
Forward    Breanne George        Saskatchewan    3    Saskatoon, Sask.    Kinesiology

Second Team

Goaltender    Stacey Corfield        Manitoba    5    Winnipeg, Man.        Nursing
Defence    Kelsey Webster        York        5    Duncan, B.C.        Health & Society
Defence    Nicole Pratt        Alberta        3    High Prairie, Alta    Agricultural Life & Environmental Sciences
Forward    Tarin Podloski        Alberta        5    St. Albert, Alta.        Agricultural Life & Environmental Sciences
Forward    Vanessa Davidson    McGill        5    Kirkland, Que.        Education (Physical & Health)
Forward    Rebecca Conroy    Queen’s    4    Pembroke, Ont.        History

All-Rookie Team    

Goaltender    Mel Dodd-Moher    Queen’s    1    Ottawa, Ont.        Biology
Defence    Caitlin MacDonald    Manitoba    1    Winnipeg, Man.        University 1
Defence    Rayna Cruickshank    UBC        1    Cumberland, B.C.    Arts
Forward    Kim Deschênes        Montreal    1    St-Quentin, Que.    BAC 120
Forward    Candice Styles        Laurier        1    Orangeville, Ont.    Sociology
Forward    Abygail Laking        StFX        1    Cambridge, Ont.    Human Kinetics

-CIS-

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