The PWHPA hosted their first-ever award ceremony Saturday night. The association handed out five awards, four of which were handed to players from Team Harvey’s. The team has dominated the 2022-23 PWHPA schedule winning 14 of their 18 contests. The award ceremony was indicative of the team’s skill at all ends of the ice.
Forward of the Year was taken by overall scoring leader Marie-Philip Poulin. The Canadian captain had 10 goals and 10 assists in 16 games. She also led PWHPA in several statistical categories and was top 10 in nearly every single tracked stat. Talk about a dominant performance. The 31-year-old continues to elevate the performance of every team she plays for.
The Goaltender of the Year Award was presented to Team Harvey’s Ann-Renée Desbiens. She was the top goaltender to have started more than 50 per cent of their team’s games. She had seven wins in 11 starts, and a .936 save percentage.
The scoring leader from the blueline, Lee Stecklein, earned the title of Defender of the Year. Stecklein contributed offensively with 3 goals, 7 primary assists, and 1 secondary assist in 16 games played. But the Minnesota native was even more impactful in her own end and led the PWHPA in blocked shots. She was among the best for denying defensive zone entries, stick checks, loose puck recoveries, blocked passes, and puck battle wins as well. Not a bad showing!
Harvey’s head coach Kori Cheverie won the honour of Coach of the Year. Cheverie is an experienced leader who has coached everywhere, from USports to the Olympics. This year, she led Team Harvey's to the top of the tables in a clear triumph over the rest of the squads.
Finally, the only non-playing related award, The Humanitarian Award, was given to Adidas’s Kendall Coyne Schofield. The American forward is a passionate advocate for the growth of women’s hockey. She is the president of the PWHPA and has frequently served as the face of various initiatives. The award was for a player promoting hockey in schools and the community. In addition to her hockey camps, Coyne Schofield also created the Schofield Family Foundation with her husband, Michael.