Daoust named CIS hockey player of the year

Posted by Amey Doyle on March 25, 2013
Daoust named CIS hockey player of the year

TORONTO – Melodie Daoust, a second-year forward from McGill University, was named CIS player of the year in women's hockey, Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old native of Valleyfield, Que., is the second McGill standout in as many seasons, and the third in program history, to claim the Brodrick Trophy. Forward Ann-Sophie Bettez was the recipient a year ago, while goaltender Kim St-Pierre, a three-time Olympic gold medallist, was honoured following the 2002-03 campaign.

Daoust, who also merited All-Canadian status, became the first player in CIS women's hockey history to be named rookie of the year and MVP in back-to-back seasons. She was one of three McGill players honoured at the gala including Katia Clément-Heydra of St. Bruno, Que., who made the All-Canadian second team and freshman Gabrielle Davidson of Pointe Claire, Que., who was selected to the CIS all-rookie team.

Other award winners announced at the All-Canadian Banquet at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel in Toronto were Guelph forward Christine Grant, who was named the nation's top freshman; St. Thomas captain Kayla Blackmore, who received the Marion Hilliard Award celebrating excellence in athletics, academics and community involvement; and UBC's Graham Thomas, named coach of the year in his first season behind the bench.

Daoust took the CIS women's hockey world by storm in her rookie campaign a year ago when she won the RSEQ scoring race and finished third in the country with 43 points (18-25-43) in only 18 league games.

There was no sophomore jinx this season for the member of the Canadian national under-22 program. She repeated as RSEQ scoring champion and also claimed the CIS crown with a remarkable 54 points in only 20 contests, which tied the Quebec conference single-season record set by Bettez in 2008-09. Her 21 goals were good for second in the country behind linemate Katia Clément-Heydra, while her 33 assists were a CIS best and set a new RSEQ mark.

Daoust also ranked third in Quebec in both game-winning goals (4) and power play markers (5). Thanks in large part to her stellar play, the Martlets (20-0) were the only team in the country to maintain a perfect record in the regular season.

“Mélodie is a gifted player and possesses an unbelievable skill set combined with a great mind for the game,” said Peter Smith, the former national team coach who just completed his 13th year as bench boss at McGill. “She sees the game as well as any player I've coached. Although she scores a lot of goals, her real strength is as a playmaker. A strong leader by example, she practices, prepares and plays with tremendous intensity and focus. She always has a smile on her face, is all business on the ice and gets the job done.”

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