EDMONTON, AB (March 23, 2019) – The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) is proud to announce Dean Allison of the SAIT Trojans as the 2018-19 ACAC Men's Hockey Top Scholastic Achiever and Catherine Longchamps of the Red Deer College Queens as the 2018-19 ACAC Men's and Women's Hockey Top Scholastic Achievers.
Allison, a product of Surrey, BC, collected a GPA of 4.0 in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at SAIT during the fall semester. This past season was Allison's fourth with the Trojans, and third as the team's captain.
The forward led the ACAC in scoring with 38 points (13 goals, 25 assists) in 28 games this season, earning himself an All-Conference First Team selection. He led his team to a quarter-final 2-1 series win over the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings before falling to the NAIT Ooks 2-1 in their semifinal three-game set.
"Being a captain means more than just wearing a letter on your chest. It means you take on the task of setting an example for your team, not only on the ice but in the classroom as well," says Wade Kolmel, SAIT Athletics and Recreation Director. "He has done that to a remarkable level in his four seasons with the Trojans. He pushes his teammates, and fellow Trojan student athletes, to be better players, better students and better people."
This is the second consecutive season in which a Trojan has earned the Men's Hockey Top Scholastic Achiever award, as Joel Hamilton took home the honour last season.
Catherine, who hails from Deux-Montagnes, Quebec, not only balanced the demands of academics and commitments as a talented student-athlete, but she excelled. The Queens defenceman obtained a 3.85 GPA in the Bachelor of Education Secondary program at Red Deer College during the first semester. She is currently in her second year of eligibility.
Catherine helped lead the Queens (10-9-5-0) to third place in the standings even though the team dealt with several injuries. She contributed nine points in 24 regular season games, while effectively taking care of her own zone. One of her points was a game-winning-goal. The five-foot-nine defender played a key role in helping RDC push MacEwan University, the two-time defending ACAC Champions, to the limit in the best of three semi-final. Catherine was one of the leaders on the young Queens, and was named an alternate captain at the start of the season.
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About the ACAC: The ACAC is the governing body for intercollegiate athletics in Alberta. Its mission is to provide competitive collegiate sport experiences, promote academic achievement and be a leader of sport development in Canada.
For more information on the ACAC, please visit our website: www.acac.ab.ca
For additional information, contact:
Wade Kolmel, SAIT
Diane St-Denis, Athletic Director
Red Deer College
Mark Kosak, ACAC
Chief Executive Officer
Twitter: @acac_sport / #ACACMHKY2019