St. Francis Xavier X-Women hockey player Sarah Bujold has been nominated for the top award in Canadian university sport.
Bujold, along with UNB Varsity Reds hockey player Philippe Maillet, are the Atlantic University Sport nominees for the BLG Awards, presented annually to the top male and female athlete in U Sports from coast to coast.
Each of the four conferences have two athletes in contention for the awards, which carry a $10,000 postgraduate scholarship. The awards will be presented May 1 in Calgary.
Bujold, from Riverview,N.B., is a third-year human kinetics student. She is the first female hockey player from the Antigonish university to receive the nomination.
In 24 regular-season games, the 21-year-old Bujold had 24 goals and 43 points and a plus-29 rating. She became the second X-Women player after Brayden Ferguson to win U Sports most valuable player.
She is St. F.X.'s female athlete of the year.
“Sport has given me the opportunity to grow as a person on and off the ice,” Bujold said in a news release Thursday announcing the nominees. “Without sport, I would not be here at St. F.X., and I would have not met some of the most impactful people in my life -- my teammates and coaches.
"Sport is who I am, and I will be involved in sport for the remainder of my life, in hopes I can give younger athletes the same opportunities that I have been provided.”
Laval soccer player Arielle Roy-Petitclerc, Queen's cross-country athlete Claire Sumner and UBC volleyball player Danielle Brisebois are the other contenders.
Maillet, a fourth-year business student from Terrebonne, Que., had 23 goals and 32 assists to lead the nation in scoring. He was the U Sports most valuable player.
He had 10 points in the national tournament, earning MVP, as the Varsity Reds won the national championship on home ice.
Laval football player Mathieu Betts, York soccer player Jonathan Lao and Trinity Western volleyball player Ryan Sclater are also in the running.
Saint Mary's basketball player Justine Colley (2014) and Dalhousie track athlete Adrienne Power (2005) are the only women from the AUS to claim the prize. UNB hockey player Rob Hennigar is the lone winner on the men's side in 2008.