Women's Hockey Captain Kayla Blackmore Earns National Award for Hockey, Academics & Community Service
Published: Thursday, Mar 7, 2013
(TORONTO) - This year's CIS recipient of the Marion Hilliard Award for combining hockey, academics, and community service was revealed ahead of the 2013 CIS Women's Hockey National Championships in Toronto.
St. Thomas captain and fifth year player Kayla Blackmore earned the honour.
Blackmore, a forward from Fredericton, became the first St. Thomas winner of a CIS award in women’s hockey.
In her fifth and final campaign, the Tommies’ captain led the team in goals with 12, assists with 9, and points with 21 in conference play and earned a spot on the first AUS all-star squad after finishing second in conference scoring. St. Thomas took second place in the AUS standings with a solid 16-7-1 mark.
Blackmore spearheaded bringing the ‘You Can Play’ project to STU, an initiative to flush out homophobia and discrimination from athletics across North America. She is a past recipient of the Dr. Tony Rhinelander Nature of History Prize for commitment to the field of history and research, and currently maintains a 4.3 grade point average in a demanding Education program.
She also played a role in fundraising efforts for Hailey’s Dreams – a young girl suffering from juvenile metachromatic leukodystrophy; the New Brunswick division of the Canadian Mental Health Association; as well as breast cancer awareness initiatives.
Blackmore continues to coach young, up-and-coming female hockey players, coaching the Team New Brunswick under-17 squad to a gold-medal finish this past year.
“Kayla represents the ideal of the student-athlete. She excels in the classroom and on the ice but never forgets that she is part of a bigger community both the university and the one that surrounds it,” said STU head coach Peter Murphy. “It is great to see her years of dedication to various causes being recognized in this manner. She is a tremendous athlete but an even better person.”