Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey league today announced that five CHL graduates have been recognized by Canadian Interuniversity Sport as major award winners and 16 graduates are represented throughout the CIS All-Canadian Teams that were announced on Wednesday night in Thunder Bay, ON.
Among the award winners, third-year University of New Brunswick forward and Barrie Colts (2002-07) graduate Hunter Tremblay was named CIS player of the year in men’s hockey, Wednesday night.
The native of Timmins, Ont., became the second Varsity Red in three years and the third consecutive skater from the Atlantic conference to claim the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan trophy. Former UNB great and Windsor Spitfires graduate Rob Hennigar (Windsor Spitfires 2000-04) was honoured in 2007-08, while Saint Mary’s Marc Rancourt (Belleville Bulls 2001-05) was last season’s CIS MVP.
The 2010 Cavendish University Cup tournament, presented by TBay Tel and hosted by Lakehead University, gets underway Thursday at the Fort William Gardens and culminates Sunday with the national final at 7 p.m., live on Rogers Sportsnet.
Earlier this season the CHL announced that 1,040 academic scholarships had been awarded for the 2009-10 season. 692 of those scholarships were awarded to graduate players with over 300 of them to players currently competing in the CIS.
DR. RANDY GREGG AWARD (outstanding student-athlete): Tyler Metcalfe, Alberta (Seattle Thunderbirds 2000-05)
Metcalfe is the fifth U of A winner of the Dr. Randy Gregg award since its inception in 1990-91. He follows in the footsteps of Gavin McLeod (2004-05), Jeff Zorn (2003-04), Blair St. Martin (2002-03) and Cam Danyluk (1997-98).
The team captain for the past two campaigns, the 6-foot, 190-pound forward had 14 points in 27 outings in his final university season as he helped Alberta take first place in the Canada West standings with a stellar 23-4-1 mark. The recipient of the Golden Bears Captain trophy in 2007-08 as the player who contributes the most to the team’s success while receiving the least recognition, he was part of the Bears national championship squads in 2005-06 and 2007-08. An Academic All-Canadian each of the last two years, Metcalfe will graduate with two degrees in June – Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Education. Last season, he was the only University of Alberta athlete to receive the prestigious “Block A Ring”, which is presented to athletes who have demonstrated an exceptional contribution to interuniversity sport in the areas of athletics, academics, community support and leadership.
“Two seasons ago, Tyler was voted by his teammates and coaches to wear the “C” for the Golden Bears. In those two seasons his hard work and determination in the classroom and on the ice has been inspirational. He is a natural leader who leads by example,” said Alberta head coach Eric Thurston. “With his charitable work with the Edmonton community and his work overseas with the PAW program he has been an ambassador for not only the Golden Bears and CIS Hockey, but also for the University of Alberta and Canada.”