Feb 27, 2019
In addition to the seven Mount Royal hockey players who were named to Canada West all-star and all-rookie teams, the Cougars had three major Canada West award winners.
Breanne Trotter took the league by storm in her first season as a Cougar and was named the 2018-19 Canada West women's hockey Rookie of the Year.
Trotter finished the season with 20 points (9G, 11A), which put her first for the Cougars and first in the Canada West among rookies. She was also top five in points among all athletes in the league.
When asked about her season, Head Coach Scott Rivett explained, "We felt coming into the season that Breanne would have the ability to impact our team and our conference. The numbers she was able to put up as a first year speaks to her ability and commitment to be her best every day. Breanne has certainly helped set a new standard within our program."
Alternate captain Anna Purschke also took home a Canada West award, winning the 2018-19 Canada West women's hockey Student-Athlete Community Service Award.
Purschke had 9 points (6G, 3A) this season in addition to her 103 hours of community service with organizations such as Heros Hockey, Special Olympics, Superheros Hockey, the Flames Foundation and more.
Coach Rivett touched on Purschke's commitment to bettering her community, "Anna exemplifies what a student-athlete is all about. She cares about her education and works extremely hard to manage the load of both her academics and hockey. Anna also understands what it means to give back and contribute to something bigger than just her school and team. She has taken it upon herself to give back to a variety of great causes and is a role model for our entire program."
Men's hockey forward Connor Rankin was the recipient of the 2018/19 Canada West Men's Hockey Sportsmanship and Ability award.
Rankin racked up 15 points (7G, 8A) and had just 4 penalty minutes all season.
Head Coach Bert Gilling explained how proud he was of the former Calgary Hitmen, "He is a very deserving recipient as he takes great pride in being a student-athlete, representing MRU and playing Canada West hockey. This shows that he is respected around the league for the class and professionalism that he brings to the ice as one of the top forwards in the conference. Cougars Hockey is very proud of Connors achievements on the ice and in the classroom as he continues his journey towards earning a degree and another opportunity in professional hockey."
These three awards finish off a great year for the Cougars hockey teams as they portray a strong culture of academics, elite athletic performance, community involvement and sportsmanship.