Wednesday, March 11, 2015

MacDougall Named CIS Coach Of The Year

University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall was named the recipient of the Father George Kehoe Memorial Award as the coach of the year at the CIS Awards Gala held tonight in Halifax. MacDougall, who also won the award in 2009-2010, led a young Varsity Reds squad to an 8th straight AUS regular season pennant as well as their 4th AUS Championship in the last 5 years.

Other major award winners tonight included:
- Windsor Lancers forward Spencer Pommells as player of the year.
- Defenceman Spencer Abraham of Queen's as rookie of the year.
- Saint Mary's Huskie Anthony Peters as goalie of the year.   
- Alberta Golden Bear Jesse Craige as defenseman of the year.
- Elgin Pearce of the Calgary Dinos as the most sportsmanlike.
- Oliver Hinse of the Concordia Stingers as the Dr. Randy Gregg Award winner, which is given to the player that best combines hockey excellence, academics, and community service.

The 1st and 2nd team All-Candian Teams were also announced, along with the All-Rookie Team. Varsity Reds defenceman Jordan Murray and forward Philippe Maillet were named to the 1st team, while defenceman Randy Gazzola was named to the All-Rookie team.

The 2015 University Cup gets underway tomorrow afternoon when the OUA Champion Guelph Gryphons face the Canada West runner-up Calgary Dinos at 1PM. The Varsity Reds hit the ice at 7PM for their quarter-final game against the Windsor Lancers. Both games can be viewed online here.