2009 Canada West all-stars announced
by Canada West Communications Office
Photo courtesy Ivan Tam / USASK Athletics: Fifth-year Huskies offensive guard Hubert Buydens is a four-time Canada West All-Star and two-time CIS All-Canadian
EDMONTON - Canada West is proud to announce the fall 2009 conference football all-stars, as selected by coaches from the seven varsity teams.
The team is made up of 12 players each on offence and defence, along with three special teams positions.
Heading the list of 2009 All-Stars are 2008 conference MVP Matt Walter of Calgary and the only other active 2008 CIS First Team All-Canadian, Dinos teammate Andrea Bonventura. Walter is a unanimous selection at running back, while Bonaventura is one of the league's best linebackers. Walter, a third-year Science student, led Canada West with 12 touchdowns and 1,103 rushing yards, over 300 yards ahead of second-best, fellow All-Star Dave Boyd of UBC.
Two-time CIS All-Canadian punter, Alberta's Hugh O'Neill, garnered all the votes this year after averaging 41.9 yards per punt, better than a yard ahead of his nearest rival. O'Neill was a Second Team All-Canadian at both punter and kicker last year.
Other repeat selections to the All-Star roster include receivers Nathan Coehoorn (Calgary) and Jordan Sisco (Regina), guard Hubert Buyens (Saskatchewan) and Simon Fraser safety Anthony DesLauriers, who made the grade at cornerback last season. For Buydens, a CIS Second Team All-Canadian in 2006 and 2008, it was his fourth straight election to the CWUAA All-Star roster.
Walter, Coehoorn and Calgary QB, Saint Mary's University transfer Erik Glavic, were all unanimous choices, showing why the Dinos had the nation's No. 1 offence. Glavic was the 2007 Hec Crighton winner while playing at Saint Mary's, helping the East Coast Huskies win the Atlantic Bowl, but was forced to watch the '07 Vanier Cup from the sidelines after suffering an ACL injury that required surgery.
For Buydens, teammate Taylor Wallace (Saskatchewan), Bjorn Person (Regina) and Perri Scarcelli (Regina), 2009 is their final year of CIS eligibility, with Simon Fraser's Chris Folk finished after four years due to eligibility rules once the Clan begin play in the NCAA next fall. Calgary offensive tackle Kirby Fabien and SFU wide receiver Victor Marshall were the only freshmen named to the team.
Overall, second-place Calgary has the most number of All-Stars, at seven, with top-seeded Saskatchewan grabbing four positions. A quartet from both the Manitoba Bisons and Simon Fraser Clan are on this year's roster, while three members of the Alberta Golden Bears and Regina Rams were selected. The UBC Thunderbirds have two 2009 Canada West All-Stars.
Following is the complete list of 2009 Canada West football All-Stars by position, with program of study, year of eligibility and hometown (*denotes unanimous selection):
Quarterback: *Erik Glavic, Calgary (4th year, Social Sciences)
Running Back: *Matt Walter, Calgary (3rd, Science); Dave Boyd, UBC (3rd, Human Kinetics)
Wide Receiver: *Nathan Coehoorn, Calgary (3rd, Social Sciences); Victor Marshall, Simon Fraser (1st, Bachelor of General Studies)
Inside Receiver: Anthony Parker, Calgary (3rd, Open Studies); Jordan Sisco, Regina (4th, Campion Arts)
Tackle: Kirby Fabien, Calgary (1st, Social Sciences); Patrick Neufeld, Saskatchewan (3rd, Arts & Science)
Guard: Terriss Paliwoda, Alberta (4th, Faculty of Native Studies); Hubert Buydens, Saskatchewan (5th, Arts & Science)
Centre: Alex Krausnick-Groh, Calgary (2nd, Kinesiology)
Safety: Anthony DesLauriers, Simon Fraser (3rd, Bachelor of Arts)
Cornerback: Sam Carino, UBC (4th, Arts); Grant Shaw, Saskatchewan (4th, Arts & Science)
Halfback: Pete Adams, Manitoba (3rd, Environment & Earth); Nigel Palma, Simon Fraser (2nd, Bachelor of Arts)
Linebacker: Andrea Bonaventura, Calgary (4th, Social Sciences); Taylor Wallace, Saskatchewan (5th, Arts & Science); Chris Folk, Simon Fraser (4th, Bachelor of Arts)
Interior Lineman: Eddie Steele, Manitoba (3rd, Arts); Bjorn Person, Regina (5th, Kinesiology & Health Studies)
End: Craig Gerbrandt, Alberta (4th, Physical Education & Recreation); Everton Black, Manitoba (3rd, Arts)
Kick Returner: Jeremy Botelho, Manitoba (4th, Kinesiology & Recreation Management)
Placekicker: Perri Scarcelli, Regina (5th, Continuing Education)
Punter: *Hugh O'Neill, Alberta (3rd, Arts)
The 73rd Hardy Cup game between the Calgary Dinos and Saskatchewan Huskies is on Saturday, Nov. 14, 1:00 p.m. in Saskatoon. The game can be seen live across western Canada on Shaw TV. Current CIS No. 3 Saskatchewan defeated No. 2 Calgary in an overtime shootout before a live TV audience in Week 2. This week's semifinal winner goes on the road to face the AUS champion in the Uteck Bowl, to be broadcast on TSN at noon Atlantic Time on Saturday, Nov. 21.
"Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year since 1997-98. Comprised of 14 schools, from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, the CWUAA produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues and events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games."