The quest for CIS gold kicks off Thursday for both the Saskatchewan Huskies men’s hockey team and the women’s basketball squad. Before they start battling for their respective national championships, some personal awards were handed out.
Goaltender Jordan Cooke was a double honouree. Not only was the second-year netminder named a first team all-Canadian, he was named goaltender of the year. He was also a finalist for CIS player of the year.
Cooke set a new Huskies record in the 2015-16 season with 19 wins in conference play.
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Also honoured from the men’s hockey team was first-year forward Kohl Bauml, who was named to the all-rookie team. The Saskatoon product led the Huskies with 33 points in 28 regular season games. He was also a nominee for CIS rookie of the year.
The Huskies, who are seeded second at the University Cup, take on the Carleton Ravens in their quarter-final matchup as they look for their second national championship.
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From the women’s basketball team, fifth-year forward Laura Dally got the nod as a first-team all-Canadian after leading the Huskies in points-per-game, three point percentage and overall minutes played.
Dally was also a finalist for the CIS player of the year award.
The second-ranked hoopsters started their march for the national championship with a 73-62 win over the Ottawa Gee-Gees Thursday in the Final 8 taking place at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.
Two Huskies not taking part in national championships also received national honours.
Chan de Ciman of the men’s basketball squad has been named to the CIS all-rookie team. The first-year point guard led the Huskies in assists and finished second in total points.
And Julia Flinton is ending her university hockey career on a high note. The fifth-year Huskie defender was named a CIS first-team all-Canadian.
Flinton scored more points than any other blueliner in the nation this season.
Jack Haskins contributed to this story