MONTREAL – Kevin Desfossés of Beauport, Que., and Vanessa Davidson of Kirkland, Que., are the Quebec Student Sport Federation's athletes of the week for the period ending March 8, 2009.
Desfossés, a six-foot, 185-pound goaltender with the hockey Redmen, kicked aside 61 of 63 shots as McGill swept No.5-ranked UQTR in two straight games last week to capture the OUA East Conference title and earn a berth in both the league championship game and subsequently, the CIS national tournament. The 21-year-old management freshman posted a stellar .968 save percentage and a stingy 1.00 goals-against average while registering both victories. Desfossés joined the Redmen in January after earning all-star honours with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts and a playing stint in Port Huron of the International Hockey League.
Davidson, a 24-year-old centre with the Martlets hockey team, scored eight points in two games as McGill swept their conference semifinal series against Concordia last week to reach the league championship series and qualify for the CIS championships. The 5-foot-8 physical education senior had one goal and four assists in an 11-2 win in Game 1 and added a goal with a pair of assists in a 4-1 victory to clinch the series. Davidson, who won gold with Team Canada at the world university games in China last month, previously attended John Abbott College before enrolling at McGill in 2005.
It marks the eighth and ninth Quebec weekly conference selection of the season for McGill athletes. The list of previous recipients includes and Martlet forward Ann-Sophie Bettez, who was named three times (Jan. 19/09, Nov. 19/08 and Oct. 21/08). Other McGill picks include swimmer Steven Bielby (Feb. 23), cager Moustafa El Zanaty (Jan. 27), rearguard Cathy Chartrand (Jan. 6, 2009) and goaltender Danny Mireault (Nov. 19. 2008).
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