Edwards student athlete nominated for CIS Male Athlete of the Year Award

Release Date : April 21, 2014

Derek Hulak, a fourth-year Management student in the Edwards School of Business, is among four nominees for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) BLG male athlete of the year. This would be only the second time that an athlete from the University of Saskatchewan has won this prestigious award. A key member to the Huskies mens’ hockey team, Hulak finished the 2013-14 season with a conference-best 48 points. His record of 13 goals and 35 assists in 28 games put him in second place among all CIS hockey players.

Leading the conference in scoring for the second time in his career, University of Saskatchewan Huskies forward Derek Hulak has already been named Canada West men's hockey Most Valuable Player and a First Team All-Star.

"Derek is consistently a great player on the ice each night and stands out in the Canada West," said Huskie head coach Dave Adolph. "He works hard each shift not only for himself, but to make his team better. He is a leader both on and off the ice proving what being a student-athlete means. He is very deserving of this honour." (Canada West Universities Athletic Association, March 4, 2014)

Hulak, 24, becomes only the fifth University of Saskatchewan nominee in history. He's the first since 2006. "It's just an unbelievable honour to be nominated for an award as prestigious as this," Hulak, who is currently playing for the Texas Stars in the American Hockey League, said.

"For me, winning an award like this would almost be a culmination of my entire career and it would not only be a huge honour for me but also for Huskie Athletics, the University of Saskatchewan and the city of Saskatoon, who have supported me along the way. It would be an absolute honour to receive this award on behalf of them." (The StarPhoenix, April 16, 2014)

The business student has since embarked on a pro tryout with the AHL's Stars, coached by Willie Desjardins, who was the only previous Huskie to be named University Cup MVP back in 1983. Hulak didn't disappoint in his AHL debut on March 27, scoring on his first shift and first shot. As of last week, he had one goal and two assists in five AHL games played with the Stars, who have already qualified for the playoffs.