The 2011-12 Canada West men’s hockey all-star teams and post-season honours were announced by the conference on Wednesday, March 7. The University of Manitoba Bisons had three players honoured for their efforts.
Bison men’s hockey forward Blair Macaulay has been named 2011-12 Canada West Most Valuable Player (Sullivan Trophy nominee for the CIS Player of the Year) and Bison men’s hockey defenceman Jeremy Schappert was selected as 2011-12 Canada West Outstanding Defenceman (Mervyn “red” Dutton Trophy).
In addition, both Macaulay and Schappert were named as a 2011-12 Canada West First Team All-Star while Bison defenceman Dane Crowley was selected as a 2011-12 Canada West Second Team All-Star.
Macaulay, 23 and a Winnipeg native, also was the leading goal scorer in the not only the conference but the entire CIS with 23. The third year veteran tied his career-high in points as Macaulay finished third in Canada West scoring with 33 points while playing all 28 conference regular season games. In addition, he was first in the CIS and Canada West in game-winning goals with five, fourth in conference power play goals with seven, tied for third in plus/minus rating at +20, second in conference shots (fourth in CIS) with 120 and tied for first with one hat trick. The 5’11, 185 lbs. forward also had an eight game point streak (fifth best in conference) from Nov. 19-Jan. 20 when he scored 13 points and one shorthanded goal.
Named November/December’s Husky-WHL Graduate of the Month, the Asper School of Business major also makes a first appearance as a First Team All-Star, second overall as a conference all-star (Second Team in 2010-11).
“Blair Macaulay has elevated his game each year with the Bisons to become an elite player in the Canada West conference and a very deserving winner of the MVP Award,” said Bisons head coach Mike Sirant. “His tremendous speed, skill and determination make Blair an offensive threat every shift and he has “game breaking” ability. Blair is an exciting player to watch in games and practices, and he is a pleasure to work with as he consistently reflects the Bison Hockey values of integrity, hard work, honesty and respect.”
Macaulay’s selection marks only the second time (Paul Deniset in 2004-05) that a Manitoba Bisons has been named Canada West Hockey MVP since the award was inaugurated in 1978-79.
Schappert, 23, continues to shine in his second season with the Bisons as he was rewarded last year with the University of Alberta Hockey Alumni Trophy as Outstanding Freshman. The Winnipeg native built on his highly successful first season with an impressive sophomore campaign. Schappert was first in conference defenceman scoring with 23 points in 28 conference regular season games, two points ahead of his teammate Dane Crowley. His six goals and 17 assists were both totals that tied for first for the most among Canada West defenceman this season. In addition, the 6’0, 195 lbs. Arts major was tenth (fifth for conference defenceman) with a plus/minus rating of +15 and second among all players in power play assists with 12 while posting 20 penalty minutes.
Schappert makes his second consecutive appearance as a conference All-Star (Second Team in 2010-11) and first time as a First Team All-Star.
Head coach Mike Sirant stated, “Jeremy Schappert’s explosive speed, puck skills and vision enabled him to lead the Canada West conference in scoring for Defensemen in 2011-12. In addition to his offensive capabilities, Jeremy is tough and extremely solid defensively, making him a “complete” player. Jeremy’s exceptional character, leadership and academic success (Academic All-Canadian) make him an excellent representative of the Manitoba Bison Hockey program and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.”
Schappert’s selection marks only the second time (Chris Saint-Cyr in 1985-86) that a Manitoba Bisons has been named Canada West Hockey Outstanding Defenceman since the award was inaugurated in 1978-79.
Defenceman Dane Crowley, 25, finished his second season with Manitoba and earned his second consecutive conference selection after being named a 2010-11 Canada West Second Team All-Star. Crowley was named alternate captain for the second consecutive season. Crowley was just behind Schappert in defencemen scoring (tied for 16th in Canada West) with 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in all 28 conference regular season games. His plus/minus rating of +2- was tied for third in Canada West and his 17 assists was tied for sixth best in 2011-12 conference regular season plus added one shorthanded goal with 68 penalty minutes.