Huskies Hand Out Hardware

With conference MVP seasons in University of Saskatchewan uniforms, Dalyce Emmerson and Derek Hulak have been named Huskie Athletics’ female and male athletes of the year.

Hulak becomes the ninth hockey player to win the E. Kent Phillips Trophy for Male Athlete of the Year since 1981, while Emmerson is just the third basketball player to win the Mary Ethel Cartwright Trophy for Female Athlete of the Year.

Averaging a double-double, Emmerson sat second in the Canada West in scoring with 19.2 points per game and first in rebounds with 11.6 per game. The totals put her fourth in scoring and second in rebound in the nation. In 2013-14, the third-year Kinesiology student led the Huskies in scoring in 13 of her 10 games played. Breaking a Huskie record, she recorded 26 rebounds in a single game and set her career-high with 32 points in another. She also led the CIS with 63 blocks.

For her season, she was named the Canada West MVP, Canada West Defensive Player of the Year, a Canada West First Team All-Star and a CIS First Team All-Canadian. This is Emmerson’s second Huskie Athletics major award. In 2011-12, she won the Patricia Lawson Trophy for Female Rookie of the Year.

A highlight reel player and a key member to the Huskies’ leadership, Hulak finished the 2013-14 season with a conference-best 48 points. His 13 goals and 35 assists in 28 games sat him second in the CIS. The fourth-year Business student won the Canada West scoring title, Canada West MVP award and was also named a Canada West First Team All-Star and a CIS First Team All-Canadian for his season.

Adding to his season, Hulak led the Huskies to the CIS PotashCorp University Cup final being named the tournament’s MVP and a tournament all-star after scoring a tournament best four goals and two assists. His season has landed him a spot with the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Huskie Athletics handed out five other major awards at the annual Huskie Salute Friday night at TCU Place. The event also featured the achievements of the athletes of the University of Saskatchewan’s 15 CIS teams. Canada West and CIS All-Stars/All-Canadians and award winners, along with fifth-year athletes were also honoured at the celebration.

Hockey players swept the rookie of the year awards.

Kendall McFaull was awarded the Howard Nixon Trophy for Male Rookie of the Year after playing big minutes as a shutdown defenceman for the Huskies. The Engineering student from Rosetown recorded one goal, seven assists and registered a +15 rating. He also was named a CIS PotashCorp University Cup tournament all-star.

Forward Kaitlin Willoughby was handed the Patricia Lawson Trophy for Female Rookie of the Year.

The Canada West and CIS Rookie of the Year turned heads sitting fourth in scoring in the conference with 10 goals and 15 assists. The 25 points, 13 more than the next best freshman, led all rookies and put her 19th in overall scoring in the CIS.

Basketball guard Riley Humbert was the winner of the Valerie Girsberger Trophy handed to an upper year Female All-Around Athlete. The men’s version of the trophy – the Rusty MacDonald Cup – was given to hockey captain Brennan Bosch.

A two-time Canada West champion and a CIS silver medalist, Humbert averaged 26 minutes per game for the Huskies. A steady role model on and off the court, the fourth-year Kinesiology student has been an all-academic throughout her career and an avid volunteer. Humbert has coached a Junior Huskie team for the last three years, as well as was a lead facilitator for the Basketball Huskie Sport Camp in 2013. She has also worked with Autism Services and Recess Guardians.


Bosch, a fifth-year forward, has led the Huskies to three CIS championship appearances and four times to the conference final. A captain for the last two seasons, the Pharmacy student has balanced his academics with hockey being named a Huskie First Team All-Academic and a CIS Academic All-Canadian three times. An outstanding leader on ice and off, Bosch is known as an overtime hero scoring three times in overtime in playoff games for the Huskies. He has worked as a Huskies Hockey Camp instructor since 2010 and has also worked with the Raise A Reader Program.


The Colb McEwon Trophy for Coach of the Year was handed to women’s hockey coach Steve Kook. In his ninth season at the helm of the Huskies, Kook led the Huskies to a historic season capturing their first-ever Canada West Championship and a bronze medal at the CIS Championship. He was named Canada West Coach of the Year for the third time and CIS Coach of the Year for the second time. It is the third time he has won the Huskie Athletics Coach of the Year trophy.

Huskie Athletics also handed out the Dr. Walter Hader Student Trainer of the Year Award. The trophy given annually to a student trainer who displays dedicated volunteer service to Huskie Athletics and shows promise in the pursuit of a career in sports medicine was won by football’s Melanie Deneiko and women’s hockey Christina Vis.

More than 300 athletes, fans, sponsors, alumni and supporters gathered at TCU Place to celebrate the special event.
Major Seven Award Winners:

Patricia Lawson Trophy Female Rookie of the Year – Kaitlin Willoughby, hockey

Howard Nixon Trophy Male Rookie of the Year – Kendall McFaull, hockey

E. Kent Phillips Trophy Male Athlete of the Year – Derek Hulak, hockey

Mary Ethel Cartwright Trophy Female Athlete of the Year – Dalyce Emmerson, basketball

Rusty McDonald Cup All-Round Male – Brennan Bosch, hockey

Valerie Girsberger All-Round Female – Riley Humbert, basketball

Colb McEwon Trophy Coach of the Year – Steve Kook, women’s hockey

Trainer of the Year – Melanie Deneiko and Christina Vis

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