HUSKIE ATHLETICS MAJOR 7 AWARD WINNERS

Every season, Huskie Athletics celebrates the athletic achievements of student-athletes at the annual Huskie Salute. At the celebration, the Huskie Athletics Major 7 Awards are handed to student-athletes for their achievements. Awards are also given to the Student Trainer of the Year, Fan of the Year, Sponsor of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. The following is a list of receipients of the awards dating back to 1939.

E. Kent Phillips Trophy - Presented to the Male Athlete of the Year *

The E. Kent Phillips trophy is named in honour of Kent Phillips who was both an athlete and coach at the University of Saskatchewan. Phillips excelled in both rugby and hockey. As a coach, he led the Huskies to four consecutive rugby titles in the 1930s.

* Prior to 1989, this award was only given to an outstanding male athlete of a team sport.

Mary Ethel Cartwright Trophy - Presented to the Female Athlete of the Year

The Mary Cartwright trophy is dedicated to the founder of the School of Physical Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Mary Cartwright was instrumental in the establishment of the women's recreation board on campus - today known as Campus Recreation.

Rusty MacDonald Cup - Presented to the All-Round Male Athlete

The Rusty MacDonald Cup has been given given to male athletes since 1939. Rusty MacDonald played on the Huskie football team as a centre and middle linebacker. He was also a champion diver and involved in student government. The Cup is awarded to an upper year male student-athlete who during his entire career as a Huskie exhibited the highest qualities of sportmanship and citizenship.

Valerie Girsberger Trophy - Presented to the All-Round Female Athlete

Valerie Girsberger was an accomplished student - graduating with a Bachelor's in both Science and Physical Education. She added a Masters in Physical Education. She was a member of the basketball and field hockey teams. Just six weeks after starting a teaching job at the University of Manitoba, she was killed in a car accident. The award is given to an upper year female student-athlete who during her entire career best combines the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, academic ability and athletic prowess.

Howard Nixon Trophy - Presented to the Male Rookie of the Year *

Howard Nixon was a longtime faculty member in the College of Physical Education. He was the coach of both the Huskie football and wrestling programs, before being named the first Dean of the College of Physical Education.

* Until 1988, the Howard Nixon Trophy was given to the Most Outstanding Male Tournament Athlete

Patricia Lawson Trophy - Presented to the Female Rookie of the Year

Patricia Lawson is considered as one of the greatest female athletes to ever don a Huskie uniform. She competed with track & field, swimming, basketball and tennis. She also held the post of Women's Athletic Director and the coach of the women's basketball team for eight seasons.

Colb McEown Trophy - Presented to the Coach of the Year

Colb McEown was a graduate of teh University of Saskatchewan, who began with athletics on campus as the 1932 men's basketball coach. While in the position, he led the Huskies to eight straight Western Intercollegiate Championships. He was also the driving force behind the building of the on-campus curling rink and in the establishment of the Saskatoon Hilltops football club.

Historical List of Huskie Athletics Major 7 Award Winners

2016-17 Winners

E. Kent Phillips Trophy - Jordon Cooke, Men's Hockey

Goaltender Jordon Cooke continued to turn heads in his third season with the Huskie men's hockey team being named the Canada West and U SPORTS Goaltender of the Year for the second straight season.  Also named a First Team All-Canadian, Cooke posted a 19-4-2 record, a 1.94 goals against average and a .929 save percentage during the 2016-17 season. He posted four shutouts in the regular season tying a Canada West record, he added two more shutouts at the University Cup. It is the second straight year Cooke has won the E. Kent Phillips Trophy.
Mary Ethel Cartwright Trophy - Astrid Nyame, Women's Track & Field
Astrid Nyame struck gold at both the Canada West and U SPORTS championships in the 60-metre hurdles. On the national stage, she secured her first-ever gold medal at the event crossing the finish line in 8.31 seconds. The time is the second-best in program history.  In her final year of eligibility, Nyame was undefeated in four conference meets, as well as finished third on the North American stage at the prestigious Armoury Track & Field Event in New York.
Rusty MacDonald Cup - Andrew Johnson, Men's Wrestling
 

A two-time Canada West champion, and one-time silver medalist and bronze medalist in the 82-KG weight class, Andrew Johnson has been a Huskie First Team and U SPORTS All-Academic in all-years of competition while studying electrical engineering, he has been a captain with the Huskies and helped the team to its first title in 30 years last season. 

A Second Team All-Canadian last year, Johnson helps tutor his teammates, as well as volunteers with the Saskatoon Pups Elementary Wrestling program. He has also represented wrestling on HAC, volunteered for KidsSport, as well as the Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope and the Vesna Ukrainian Festival. 

Valerie Girsberger Trophy - Meagan Manson, Women's Soccer
 

Two time Canada West All-Star and one-time All-Canadian, Meagan Manson's five-year career coincides with the most successful seasons in program history including earning a playoff berth for the first time in history, hosting the conference championship, winning Canada West bronze twice and a trip to the national championship for the first time in history.

The Prince Albert native and Business student has been captain of the Huskies for the last three seasons and has been named to the Dean's Honour Roll throughout her career. She has given back to the community by coaching youth soccer players, and volunteering at various events throughout the city.

 

Howard Nixon Tropyhy - Derek Epp, Men's Volleyball
 

Setter Derek Epp was honoured as an All-Rookie team member at setter both by the conference and U SPORTS. The Kinesiology student from Saskatoon quarterbacked the Huskies in 23 matches recording 642 assists. He added 31 kills, 107 digs and 35 blocks in his rookie campaign. 

Patricia Lawson Trophy - Libby Epoch, Women's Basketball
 

Guard Libby Epoch played in all 20 games for the Huskies, starting 19. She averaged 8.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in her 31.9 minutes. For her season, she was named to the Canada West and U SPORTS All-Rookie Teams. 

Colb McEwon Trophy - Dave Adolph, Men's Hockey
  For the first time in his career, Dave Adolph was named the national men's hockey coach of the year. Adolph, in his 24th season with the program, led the Huskies to another first-place finish during the regular season.  Dave's 421 career conference wins is the most all-time. During his tenure with the Huskies, he has guided the team to 20 consecutive postseason appearances, six Canada West championship titles and 13 appearances at the University Cup, most recently finishing second.