MacKnight Named Player Of The Year

Regina's Jenny MacKnight of the Windsor Lancers women's hockey team won the OUA's Player of the Year award and named to the First All-Star Team. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Regina’s Jenny MacKnight of the Windsor Lancers women’s hockey team won the OUA’s Player of the Year award and named to the First All-Star Team. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Jessica Barrett

(HAMILTON, ON) – Ontario University Athletics (OUA) has announced the women’s hockey all-stars and major award winners. This year’s crop of all-stars and award winner shows the depth in OUA women’s hockey, with 11 schools and 18 different players receiving recognition.

For the first time in school history, the OUA women’s hockey player of the year is a member of the Windsor Lancers. Fourth-year forward Jenny MacKnight had an outstanding year for the Lancers en route to being named player of the year. The Regina, SK, native topped the OUA with 40 points. Her 25 assists topped the league as well and her 15 goals on the year were good enough for second. MacKnight lead a potent Windsor offence that tied for tops in the OUA with 85 goals scored this season. The award is the first postseason honour for MacKnight in her career. She was also named an OUA first team all-star.

The second all-star team also features a talented group of players who performed extremely well over the course of the regular season.

Guelph’s Christine Grant (Mississauga, ON), Brock’s Jessica Fickel (Fort Erie, ON) and Laura Brooker (Fergus, ON) of the Laurier Golden Hawks received the nod this year as forwards. All three finished in the top 10 in points in the OUA this year.

The second team defence is comprised of York’s Kristen Barbara (Mount Hope, ON) and Kayla Dodson (Windsor, ON) of the Windsor Lancers. Both Barbara and Dodson were strong two-way players. Each player finished in the top five for points among defensemen. The second team goalie is Stephanie Nehring (Oshawa, ON) of the Guelph Gryphons.

The Windsor Lancers defenseman Kayla Dodson was named to the OUA's Second All-Star Team. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Windsor Lancers defenseman Kayla Dodson was named to the OUA’s Second All-Star Team. Photo by Ian Shalapata.


  • Player of the Year: Jenny MacKnight Windsor
  • Rookie of the Year: Rachel Marriott Waterloo
  • Marion Hillard Award: Nicole Kesteris Toronto
  • Coach of the Year: Rachel Flanagan Guelph



  • Jenny MacKnight Windsor
  • Jessica Pinkerton Guelph
  • Morgan McHaffie Queen’s


  • Candice Styles Laurier
  • Katelyn Gosling Western


  • Nicole Kesteris Toronto



  • Christine Grant Guelph
  • Jessica Fickel Brock
  • Laura Brooker Laurier


  • Kristen Barbara York
  • Kayla Dodson Windsor


  • Stephanie Nehring Guelph



  • Rachel Marriott Waterloo
  • Clare McKellar Queen’s
  • Jade Gauthier Nipissing


  • Stephanie Digness Waterloo
  • Molly Sipprell Nipissing


  • Tori Campbell UOIT
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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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