Bettez named league MVP as five Martlets merit all-star honours




MONTREAL - Ann-Sophie Bettez , a McGill University forward from Sept-Iles, Que., has been named female hockey player of the year for the second time in three seasons, by the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec.


Bettez, who finished second in the league scoring race with 37 points and 13 goals in 20 games, was one of five members of the division-leading Martlets who merited RSEQ all-star status, including three who won major awards, in voting conducted by the conference's five head coaches.


Joining Bettez on the list of laureates was conference scoring leader Mélodie Daoust of Valleyfield, Que., who registered an impressive 18-25-43 record in 18 games and was voted rookie of the year. Also, Martlets bench boss Peter Smith of Lachine, Que., collected his seventh coach-of-the-year award, guiding McGill to first place with an 18-1-1 record


Bettez and Daoust also earned first-team all-conference honours along with teammates Cathy Chartrand, a defenceman from Lac Nominingue, Que., and goaltender Charline Labonté of Boisbriand, Que.


Chartrand was the top-scoring rearguard in the nation with a 6-16-22 record in 19 contests, while Labonté, the three-time Olympic gold medallist, posted a 16-2 record and led all netminders in goals-against average (1.06), save percentage (.944) and shutouts (8),


McGill centre Leslie Oles, a native of Beaconsfield, Que., was picked to the second dream team. She was fourth in the scoring race with 28 points, including 16 goals, in 18 games.


Overlooked in the voting was McGill forward Katia Clement-Heydra, who finished third in the scoring race with 32 points in 20 games, matching Daoust for the league lead in goals with 18.


Daoust was also selected to the RSEQ all-rookie team along with Martlets defenceman Brittany Fouracres, an engineering freshman from Calgary.


McGill opens defence of their CIS national championship title on Wednesday at 7 p.m. with a best-of-three semifinal series in Ottawa. Due to a scheduling conference with the men's semifinals, the Martlets have agreed to open their series on the road against the Gee-Gees. Game 2 is slated for McConnell Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. If a rubber match is needed, it will be also be at McConnell Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m.




MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER: Ann-Sophie Bettez, Forward, McGill, Public Relations Management, Sept-Îles, Que.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Mélodie Daoust, Forward, McGill, Physical & Health Education, Valleyfield, Que.

RSEQ LEADERSHIP & CITIZENSHIP AWARD (Nomination for CIS' Marion Hilliard Award): Kristen MacDonald, Defence, Carleton, Forensic Science, Osgoode, Ont.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Peter Smith, McGill



Position, Name, School, Academic Program, Hometown

GOAL: Charline Labonté, McGill, Master in Sports Psychology, Boisbriand, Que.

DEFENCE: Cathy Chartrand, McGill, Education (Physical & Health), Lac Nominingue, Que.

DEFENCE: Valérie Watson, Ottawa, Social Sciences, St. Hyacinthe, Que.

FORWARD: Ann-Sophie Bettez, McGill, Management, Sept-Îles, Que.

FORWARD: Mélodie Daoust, McGill, Physical & Health Education, Valleyfield, Que.

FORWARD: Cassandra Dupuis, Montreal, Security & Police Studies, Sherbrooke, Que.




Position, Name, School, Academic Program, Hometown

GOAL: Tamber Tisdale, Carleton, Commerce, Red Deer, Alta.

DEFENCE: Janique Duval, Montreal, School Adaptation, Val-d'Or, Que.

DEFENCE: Melanie McKnight, Carleton, Geography, Barrie, ONnt.

FORWARD: Fannie Desforges, d'Ottawa, Kinesiology, Fournier, Ont.

FORWARD: Kim Deschêsne, Montreal, Arts & Sciences, St. Quentin, N.B.

FORWARD: Leslie Oles, McGill, Education (Physical & Health), Beaconsfield, Que.



Position, Name, School, Academic Program, Hometown

GOAL: Stéphanie Mercier, Ottawa, Nursing, Smooth Rock Falls, Ont.

DEFENCE: Brittney Fouracres, McGill, Engineering, Calgary, Alta.

DEFENCE: Valérie Watson, Ottawa, Social Sciences, Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.

FORWARD: Mélodie Daoust, McGill, Physical & Health Education, Valleyfield, Que.

FORWARD: Ariane Barker, Montréal, Arts et sciences, Napierville, Que.

FORWARD: Élarie Leclair-Célestin, Ottawa, Social Sciences, Varennes, Que.




Earl Zukerman

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