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WHL Alumni Philp, Fram, and Kozun collect major U SPORTS Awards

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Lethbridge, Alta. – Alberta forward Luke Philp was honoured with the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy as U SPORTS men’s hockey Player of the Year Wednesday night, as the national award winners were celebrated at the annual All-Canadian gala.

Alberta blueliner Jason Fram and Saskatchewan netminder Taran Kozun took home Defenceman of the Year and Goaltender of the Year respectively.

Past Award Winners

SENATOR JOSEPH A. SULLIVAN TROPHY (Player of the Year): Luke Philip, Alberta
Alberta Golden Bear Luke Philp has been named the 2019 U SPORTS Men’s Hockey Player of the Year. He is the first Bear to win the award since Dave Hewson captured back-to-back Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophies in 2000 and 2001.

For a second consecutive season, the Alberta forward led Canada West in scoring, and ranked third in the nation. This season, Philp registered 45 points (21G, 24A) after his 40-point campaign in 2017-18. He is the first CW player since former Bear Chad Klassen in 2010-11 to post consecutive 40-point seasons. Philp posted his impressive totals in 24 games, after missing a four-game stretch early in the season with an injury.

Of Philp’s 45 points, 25 came at even strength, 17 on the power play, and three while shorthanded. Through 78 Canada West regular season games, Philp has 103 points (42G, 61A) for Alberta, who is looking to defend their U SPORTS championship this week in Lethbridge.

A product of Canmore, Alta., Philp had 14 multi-point games this season for the Bears, who finished second in the conference standings. One of the most impressive stats from Philp’s outstanding season was the fact he was held off the scoresheet just three times, and finished tops in the conference and fifth in the nation in plus/minus amongst forwards with a +21 rating.

“Winning the Canada West scoring title two years in a row, especially this year when he missed four games due to injury, and still scored 21 goals, speaks for itself,” said Alberta head coach Ian Herbers. “Luke is an excellent leader on our team and a clutch performer. He has produced in all situations, and been the most reliable and consistent player in the conference this season.”

DEFENCEMAN OF THE YEAR: Jason Fram, Alberta
For the second straight year, former Spokane Chief Jason Fram is the U SPORTS Defenceman of the Year.

Fram won the honour last season after finishing third in Canada West scoring among defenceman with 23 points in 28 games (9G, 14A). He followed up that campaign with an even better one this season, posting 30 points in 28 games (9G-21A) to lead all conference defenders and rank third in the nation.

He is the first CW defenceman to record a 30-point season since 2013-14, when Calgary’s Giffen Nyren and Alberta’s Jordan Rowley both recorded 30 points.

“There’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that Jason is the best offensive defenceman in the conference,” said Alberta head coach Ian Herbers. “What has impressed me the most this year, is how much better he is getting at the defensive part of his game. He is continually improving his gap, which has allowed him to break up the play before it happens.”

GOALTENDER OF THE YEAR: Taran Kozun, Saskatchewan
It was a year to remember for Taran Kozun as the Saskatchewan Huskies netminder is the U SPORTS Goaltender of the Year, following in the footsteps of former teammate Jordon Cooke.

Kozun was stellar from start to finish after replacing Cooke – who won back-to-back U SPORTS Goaltender of the Year Awards before turning pro this season – as the Huskies’ top goalie this year.

The former Seattle Thunderbird tied for the fourth-best save percentage in the country at .926. He also set a new CW conference record for shutouts in a single season, registering five perfect nights.

Kozun, however, earned the edge in the record books when it came to wins in a single season, as he became the first CW goaltender ever to win 20 games.

His 1392:19 of game time was tops in the conference, as he backstopped the Huskies to first in the conference standings.

“Congratulations to Taran. He’s a highly-skilled goaltender and more importantly an even better teammate,” said Saskatchewan head coach Dave Adolph.He is very deserving of this award.”

2019 U SPORTS MEN’S HOCKEY ALL-CANADIANS

First Team

Pos. First Name Last Name School Elig. Hometown Program
D Jason Fram Alberta 3 Delta, B.C. Business
D Alex Basso Ryerson 5 Toronto, Ont. Business Admin.
F Luke Philp Alberta 3 Canmore, B.C. Business
F Christopher Clapperton UNB 3 Cap d’Espoir, Que. Business Admin.
F Matt Mistele Ryerson 3 Whitby, Ont. Criminology
G Taran Kozun Saskatchewan 2 Nipawin, Sask. Arts & Sciences

Second Team

Pos. First Name Last Name School Elig. Hometown Program
D Nick Welsh Saint Mary’s 1 Halifax, N.S. Commerce
D Jesse Forsberg Saskatchewan 5 Waldheim, Sask. Agriculture
F Hunter Garlent Saint Mary’s 3 Thorold, Ont. Commerce
F Slater Doggett Queen’s 4 Oakville, Ont. Applied Economics
F Riley Sheen Calgary 3 Edmonton, Alta. Arts
G Étienne Montpetit Moncton 1 Valleyfield, Que. Civil Engineering

All-Rookie Team

Pos. First Name Last Name School Hometown Program
D Nick Welsh Saint Mary’s Halifax, N.S. Commerce
D Connor Walters Brock Welland, Ont General Arts
F Matthew Boucher UNB Los Angeles, Calif.  Non-declared
F Grayson Pawlenchuk Alberta Edmonton, Alta. Native Studies
F Hugo Roy Concordia  Cookshire, Que. Finance
G Étienne Montpetit Moncton Valleyfield, Que. Civil Engineering

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