Mount Royal Cougars’ Nolan Yaremko wins U SPORTS Hockey Player of the Year award

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Nolan Yaremko earned a senator’s salute.

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On Wednesday, the dynamic Mount Royal Cougars forward received the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy as U SPORTS Men’s Hockey Player of the Year.

Leading both the Cougars and all skaters in Canada West, Yaremko had an incredible season, scoring 39 points – including a conference-high 19 goals – in the regular season.

Unsurprisingly, it was Yaremko who scored the game-winning goal for the Cougars on Feb. 26 to lift the Cougars past the CW Quarterfinals and into the Semifinals. In doing so, this year marked the first time Mount Royal reached the semifinals in the school’s U SPORTS history.

The Cougs sniper was also named a Canada West First-Team and First-Team All-Canadian.

In his two years of MRU eligibility, Yaremko has scored 48 points – including 21 goals – in 36 games and will look to continue leading the team in 2022-23.

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The Spirit River, Alta., native was selected in the second round – 29th overall – in the 2013 Western Hockey League bantam draft and earned a berth with the Tri-City Americans in 2014-15 , having played all five seasons of his career there becoming captain in 2018-19.

In 278 career games, Yaremko has scored 159 points, including 67 goals. In April 2019, Yaremko signed an amateur tryout contract with the Stockton Heat, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Calgary Flames.

His MRU teammate, Riley Sawchuk, was also honored at the awards announcement on Wednesday, as he became both a second-team All-Canadian selection and a rookie all-star selection.

As Canada West’s rookie of the year, Sawchuk finished just one point behind teammate Yaremko for the league scoring title, posting 38 points in 20 games. He’s scored four points five times this season, taking the conference by storm in his very first year.

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Sawchuk’s abilities on the offensive side were endless. He scored from all over the ice and showed excellent playing skills. He is the first rookie of the year to come out of MRU. The native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan will be one to watch in the years to come.

Yaremko and Cougars head coach Bert Gilling were also nominated for U SPORTS Men’s Hockey Awards in the Most Athletic Player and Canada West Coach of the Year categories, respectively. .

RACETRACK

The University of Calgary Dinos head east this week for the 2022 U SPORTS Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of New Brunswick from the Irving Oil Field House.

The Dinos men finished second nationals in the last U SPORTS Finals of 2020, and while much of the roster has changed during that time, this year’s squad still has plenty of talent to take on the best. in Canada.

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In all, 22 Calgary athletes will compete over the three-day championship meet, with the first events beginning at 11 a.m. MT Thursday.

The Dinos will be in action from the get-go, as standout rookie Sienna MacDonald sets things in motion with the debut of the pentathlon – the event in which she won a Canada West title just two weeks ago. It should be five exciting events for MacDonald, who is ranked third in the nation heading into the event.

Canada West Female Athlete of the Year Osereme Omosun will compete in two events this weekend, placing second in the shot put (17.88m) and fourth in the shot put (13.96m) , in which she is the reigning U SPORTS queen. His teammate Alexis Johnson will also compete in both events and starts the weekend ranked third in the shot put (14.45m).

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Madison Mayr will be looking to return to the podium after finishing with a silver medal in the high jump in 2020. The back-to-back Canada West champion enters the weekend’s third spot with a height of 1.77m

Track star Eric Lutz leads the charge for the Calgary men. The fourth-year Red Deer Dinos talent is the defending national champion in the 1,000m and 1,500m after an incredible performance in Edmonton two years ago that earned him the George Gemer Award as a U SPORTS Male Athlete of the competition.

Lutz – who is fresh off winning the CW titles in both events – will have his work cut out for him as he is ranked first in the 1,000m (2:22.17) by less than half a second and currently sits in third place. of the 1500m (3:41.46) in a packed peloton at the top.

Brent Stephen is also making his return trip to the Nationals. The CW 600m champion finished eighth in the nation in the same event two years ago and currently sits seventh overall at 1:20.21.

In total, the Dinos are set to take part in a total of 16 events over the three days, with the encounter set to end early Saturday afternoon. Fans can see all the action as the match is to be broadcast live for all three days via CBC Sports.

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Catherine J. Martinez