Saturday, March 21 marked Sport Manitoba’s Night of Champions. This year, however, the award presentation occurred online as the local sporting community continued to practice safe and proper social distancing during the spread of COVID-19.
With 15 awards presented, a variety of sports including table tennis, soccer, boxing, racquetball, bowling, baton, rugby, figure skating, football, waterskiing, archery, biathlon, gymnastics, speed skating, judo, swimming, golf, triathlon, skiing, curling, volleyball and hockey saw nominees represented in the open categories of the awards.
In the hockey community, four individuals were recognized with awards for their contributions this past season. Kristen Campbell was named the Female Open Athlete of the Year. Connor Roulette took the MASRC Male Athlete of the Year, while Heaven Moneyas accepted the MASRC Female Athlete of the Year recognition. The Outstanding Youth Volunteer award went to Jacob Morlock-Tellier.
After a record-setting season in 2018-19 in which she finished with a 1.03 goals against average and a .940 save percentage in all 41 games, Campbell saw a slight dip in production in 2019-20 after leading the league in wins, shutouts and save percentage. This past year saw the 22-year-old goaltender finish with a 1.82 goals against average and a .912 save percentage in 31 games. Campbell had her final season cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Roulette, at age 16, skated in his first Western Hockey League game with the Seattle Thunderbirds last year. He played for Team Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games and was named the Player of the Year at the AAA Winnipeg awards night. Roulette won gold with Team Manitoba at NAHC in Whitehorse before winning another gold at the ball hockey championship in Czech Republic, as well as being named the best junior ball hockey player in Canada. Roulette was also selected to skate for Team Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Goaltender Heaven Moneyas skated with Team Manitoba at NAHC, while also being named MVP of the AA Titans. She currently plays hockey at Pilot Mound where she also is a profound boxer and wrestler. Moneyas will also represent Manitoba at NAIG 2020 in wrestling.
Morlock-Tellier serves as a student-manager of the Huskies high school hockey team. He provides dressing room duties as well as well as videographer, timekeeper and musical entertainment. Jacob is pursing hockey coaching, while making time to deliver Christmas hampers during the holiday season.
Other winners include:
Official of the Year: Derek Mikita – Table Tennis
Outstanding Volunteer: Christopher Chapman – Rugby
Outstanding Youth Volunteer: Jacob Morlock-Tellier – Hockey
MASRC Female Volunteer of the Year: Emma Bear – Volleyball
MASRC Male Volunteer of the Year: Mike Sutherland – Fastball
Female Coach of the Year: Tanya Pilat – Figure Skating
Male Coach of the Year: Garth Goodbranson – Golf
Male Junior Athlete of the Year: Auston Taylor – Archery
Female Junior Athlete of the Year: Alexa Scott – Speed Skating
Male Open Athlete of the Year: Tyler Mislawchuk – Triathlon
Junior Team of the Year: Shock – Volleyball
Open Team of the Year: Winnipeg Blue Bombers – Football