St. Marys native also selected forward-of-the-year and first team all-star
LONDON – After a season in which she topped the scoring race nearly the entire year, Western Mustangs’ forward April Clark was recognized three times as the OUA year-end major awards and all-stars were announced last Wednesday.
The St. Marys native, who turns 22 next month, was as lethal as they come this season and was a threat to score each time she stepped on the ice.
“April has been such a huge part of our team this season and we are so happy to see her getting recognized,” said Candice Moxley, Mustangs’ head coach. “It’s not just the points she puts up, but it’s how much of a leader she is, her determination and drive is a positive example for everyone on the team.”
The fourth-year forward totaled 33 points this season – tops in the OUA – which included her connecting for 20 goals. The mark set her as the clear leader in the province, five more than the second-ranked goal total, and also placed her at the top of the U SPORTS national ranks as well.
Among the many highlights of Clark’s 2018-19 season were five multi-goal games, including a hat trick in Western’s 6-0 win over Laurentian in January, and nine multi-point games in the 24 she played.
Things were looking up for Clark from the get-go, as she kicked off the campaign with 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) in her first four games and she kept up that electrifying play all season long. The first-team all-star also suited up for the U SPORTS all-star team at the Hockey Canada Summer Showcase prior to the season.
“I am excited to see what April will bring to the team and on the ice this upcoming season,” Moxley added.
Note: April Clark, who is studying nursing at Western, is the OUA nominee for the CIS national player-of-the-year award. The CIS (Canadian) awards banquet is being held this week in P.E.I., the site of the national women’s hockey championships.