Mélodie Daoust and Patrick Delisle-Houde, both students in our Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, took home two of the university's most prestigious athletic awards for the 2016-17.
McGill Martlet hockey starlet Mélodie Daoust was named Female athlete of the Year at the 40th annual McGill varsity sports awards gala, held recently at La Plaza in the EVO Montreal student residence on Sherbrooke Street. McGill Redmen hockey team captain Patrick Delisle-Houde, took home the Richard Pound trophy, awarded to the graduating male athlete for "proficiency and leadership in athletics over their university careers".
A gold medalist at the Sochi Winter Olympics and a four-time All-Canadian centre, Daoust led McGill to three RSEQ conference titles and four appearances at the Nationals. She has finished her illustrious McGill career ranked fifth in career points with 116 goals and 156 assists in 143 games overall in five seasons. She became the third person to win the Gladys Bean Trophy three times as McGill University’s female athlete of the year.
In the 2016-17 season, Daoust served her second season as captain of the Martlets. She was named Martlets hockey MVP for third time, All-Canadian (first team) for the fourth time, and RSEQ Player of the Year for the third time. Daoust was RSEQ All-Star (first team) for the fourth time. She was the recipient of the inaugural Jean Béliveau Award for student-athlete academic achievement and community leadership, and won a silver medal with Team Canada at the Four Nations Cup in Vierumäki, Finland.
Statistically, she achieved 250th career point in a 7-4 win over Carleton on Feb. 4, 2017, and scored 100th career goal in a 3-0 exhibition victory over Harvard on Oct. 14, 2016. Daoust won the RSEQ scoring crown with an 11-19-30 record in 18 regular season games, ranking third in the nation with 1.67 points per game, and either scored or assisted on an impressive 52.6 per cent of McGill's 57 goals this season. Her overall stats were 20 goals, 39 assists in 36 games played.
Left winger Delisle-Houde, described as a "rugged iron-man who lives on the edge of the blue paint," missed only four league games in five seasons. His career statistics include 64 goals and 100 assists, with 314 Penalty minutes. His 196 games played rank second in team history. Delisle-Houde is working on his second year of a master's degree in kinesiology & physical education after graduating in only three years with a science degree in kinesiology. Delisle-Houde received the 1938 Champions Award in January, 2017, and the Guy Lafleur Award in 2013.