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University of Saskatchewan women’s hockey athletes Julie Paetsch and Kelsey Tulloch were honoured by the Canada West Thursday with major awards.

Paetsch, a fifth-year forward from Lanigan, Sask., was named the Canada West Most Valuable Player, while Tulloch, a fifth-year forward from Regina, was handed the Student-Athlete Community Award.

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Julie Paetsch Kelsey Tulloch Cara Wooster

Alternate captain of the University of Saskatchewan Huskie women’s hockey team Julie Paetsch has been a highlight reel player for the Canada West throughout the season.

Paetsch finished the 2011-12 season scoring a conference-high 34 points with 14 goals and 20 assists in 24 games. A consistent thorn in opponent’s backs, Paetsch was only left off the scoreboard in five games this season. Leading by example, the Arts & Science student from Lanigan, Sask., was third in the CIS with seven power play goals and first nationally with 113 shots. She had multiple points in 10 games this season scoring three or more points four times. For her season, she was named both a Canada West First Team All-Star and the Canada West MVP.

“Julie is one of those special players that only comes along once in a while,” said Huskie head coach Steve Kook. “She made an immediate impact when she joined our team three years ago with her playmaking skills and the ability to make those she plays with better. Julie is an exceptional athlete excelling at many sports outside of hockey. Her success can be attributed to her relentless work ethic and determination.  Coaches speak of wanting to have complete players in their lineup and on most nights Julie was the best player in all three zones of the ice.”

Paetsch is an accomplished athlete winning a silver medal in the Women’s World Tackle football championship in 2010 and the first-ever Western Women’s Canadian Football League Championship with the Saskatoon Valkyries in 2011.

It is the second time in history a Huskie athlete has been named MVP. Breanne George was given the honour in 2009-10.

Tulloch has been a leader on and off the ice for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies this season.The fifth-year forward has tallied four goals and four assists in 2011-12. She sits fifth overall in Huskie scoring with 66 points.

A four-time All-Academic, and on her way again in 2011-12 with a 90% average, the business student has always made time for others and worthwhile causes. Tulloch has represented her team on the Huskie Athletics Council, a student-governing council, for five seasons and has taken a leadership role as social coordinator and team representative. In her role, she planned mixers for Huskie athletes and helped with fundraising activities for cancer and KidzSport. Through HAC, she has also read to children in Huskie Tales and helped collected used shoes to send to Africa. She has also helped her team organize a Christmas hamper for the past 3 years.

“Throughout her time at the University of Saskatchewan, Kelsey has shown excellence in both the classroom and on the ice, but what sets her apart are her contributions in the community and to the Huskie Athletics family,” said Huskie head coach Steve Kook. “She has been a role model to our younger players and someone that our program will truly miss.  She is a leader on and off the ice and our team and Canada West won't be the same without her. She is a deserving recipient of this award and will continue to achieve great things now that her Canada West and CIS career is done.  Kelsey has made our program better in all ways.”

The Regina native has also coached hockey with inner-city Saskatoon schools and Saskatchewan women’s hockey programs at the bantam, midget and peewee levels.

Cara Wooster was also named a Canada West Second Team All-Star Thursday. Wooster, who was also give then honour last season, finished the season with nine goals and 18 assists. She sat fifth in conference scoring and second on the Huskies.

The Huskies season came to an end after losing to the University of Alberta Pandas in the best-of-three Canada West semifinal last weekend.

Both Paetsch and Tulloch are in the running for the awards at the CIS level. Paetsch is also now eligible to be named a CIS All-Canadian. Both will be announced at the CIS awards ceremony on March 7.

Player of the Year: Julie Paetsch, Saskatchewan
Rookie of the Year: Sadie Lenstra, Lethbridge
Marion Hilliard CIS Student-Athlete Award nominee: Kelsey Tulloch, Saskatchewan
Coach of the Year: Chandy Kaip, Lethbridge
First Team                                         Second Team
G:  Crystal Patterson, Lethbridge        Kaitlyn Chapman, Alberta
D:  Nicole Pratt, Alberta                     Addie Miles, Manitoba
D:  Stephanie Ramsay, Calgary          Melissa Zubick, Calgary
F:  Iya Gavrilova, Calgary                  Shelby Ballendine, Lethbridge
F:  Julie Paetsch, Saskatchewan    Nellie Minshull, Manitoba
F:  Hayley Wickenheiser, Calgary        Cara Wooster, Saskatchewan

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