The 2015 CWHL Awards winners are as follows:
Humanitarian Award: Lois Mitchell
On the Board of Directors as a Governor, Mitchell is currently the Senior Partner of Rainmaker Global Business Development, which connects companies with business opportunities around the world. She is also on the board of several other organizations, including, variously, UBS Bank (Canada), Mitacs, and the Hockey Canada Foundation.
Probably more relevant to her receipt of the CWHL’s Humanitarian Award, she currently co-chairs the Gold Medal Plates dinner in Calgary in support of current and aspiring Canadian Olympians, as well as co-chairs the True Patriot Love dinner in support of the Canadian Military. She’s also variously involved in philanthropic efforts for post-secondary institutions, the Special Olympics Canada Foundation, a former chair of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and a past board chair of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Coach of the Year: Dany Brunet
In his second season as head coach of the Montreal Stars, Dany Brunet took the team to a regular season 14-9-1 record, and 2-0-1 in the 2015 Clarkson Cup.
Rookie of the Year: Brianna Decker
This Boston Blades forward scored 32 points in her rookie year, and it’s even more impressive when you realize those points were in only 12 games. She first put on a Boston jersey for a game in mid-January, slotting into an already established team and excelling.
Goaltender of the Year: Charline Labonté
There’s no confusion here this year! The Montreal Stars goaltender finished top of the league in the regular season with a .927 save percentage, and second to Boston’s Lacasse with a 1.89 goals against average. (Labonté also played more games than Lacasse.)
Defenceman of the Year: Tara Watchorn
This Boston Blades defender had 20 points in 21 game, and was a solid presence on the blue line for the team.
Angela James Bowl: Rebecca Johnston
As we noted in the preview, the Calgary Inferno forward had 37 points in 24 games, 17 goals and 20 assists. This is her first season with the Inferno– she was acquired by Calgary from Toronto before the beginning of the season. Although no offensive slouch while with Toronto, her numbers vastly improved with Calgary this season. With Team Canada last season, she had two goals and three assists in Sochi, in five games. While with Toronto in the 12/13 season, she had 8 goals, 17 assists in 24 games.
Most Valuable Player: Rebecca Johnston
See above. 🙂 More seriously, Calgary’s massively improved their offense this year, and while Johnston has been a key contributor to that, she’s also helped to develop and shape the offensive style and play of the team overall.
Chairman’s trophy: Boston Blades
The regular season champion, the Blades had 35 points in a 24 game season, going 17-6-1 in the season. Notably, two of those loses were loses due to a labor dispute, not actual games played.