Pair of Bison earn Canada West awards

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Two members of the Bison men’s hockey team received top honours from Canada West. Third-year forward Blair Macaulay was named Canada West Most Valuable Player, while second-year defensemen Jeremy Schappert was selected the 2011-12 Canada West Outstanding Defensemen.

Macaulay, 23, led all players in the CIS with 23 goals this past season while also chipping in with 10 assists. He was a key contributor for the Bisons and helped to secure first place in the Canada West regular season standings. Macaulay is only the second bison to win the award since its creation in 1979.

“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.”

Schappert, 23, was also a top contributor for the Bisons, as he was the top scoring defensemen in the conference, with 23 points through 28 games. With a plus/minus rating of +15 (fifth highest amongst conference defensemen), Schappert ably handled his defensive responsibilities while chipping in on offence.

“Jeremy Schappert’s explosive speed, puck skills and vision enabled him to lead the Canada West conference in scoring for defensemen in 2011-12,” Sirant told Bison Sports. “In addition to his offensive capabilities, Jeremy is tough and extremely solid defensively, making him a ‘complete’ player.”