By Carter Brooks
Photo by Sport Manitoba
Sport Manitoba hosted its annual Night of Champions award banquet this past week, handing out hardware to its 2018-19 winners.
The University of Manitoba Bisons Women's Hockey team took home the 2018-19 Open Team of the Year, following yet another successful season that saw the 2018 U-Sports national champions lose to Alberta in the Canada West playoffs, before winning two out of three games in the national championship.
Alongside former minor basketball coach Harold Mauthe, Alf Pike – a Winnipegger who spent eight seasons playing and coaching in the NHL – along with the 1955-56 Winnipeg Warriors hockey team were inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
Pike (1917-2009) played junior hockey in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League before playing for six seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers. Pike earned a Stanley Cup in New York in 1940, before stepping into the team’s Head Coach role for the 1959-60 and 1960-61 seasons.
Raygan Kirk (Ste. Anne) was awarded the Female Junior Athlete of the Year after backstopping Canada to a gold medal at the 2019 U-18 Women’s World Championship, on top of representing Manitoba at the 2019 Canada Games in Red Deer, AB., all while fulfilling her regular duties as a player for the Eastman Selects of the Manitoba Female Midget AAA Hockey League.
Cody Glass took home the Male Junior Athlete of the Year award following an enjoyable 2018 calendar year. The 20-year-old Winnipegger began his Western Hockey League season on an incredible scoring pace, picking up 15 goals and 69 points in 38 games for Portland.
Glass also played in five games for Canada at the 2019 World Juniors in British Columbia, where he registered two goals and six points. Following the conclusion of his 2018-19 WHL regular season, Glass was called up to the Chicago Wolves, where he has since put up three goals and seven points in eight games – two of which have been postseason matchups.
Kennesha Miswaggon (Cross Lake) was this year’s recipient of the Manitoba Aboriginal Athlete of the Year, as she collected three goals and 15 points in 26 games in her third season playing for the Balmoral Hall Blazers. Miswaggon also suited up alongside Kirk on Team Manitoba for the 2019 Canada Games in Alberta.