Finalists for 2008 honours revealed

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Winners will be announced Feb. 6

Six athletes, representing five sports, are the finalists for the 2008 Molson St. John's Athletes of the Year awards. The names of the three females and three males who have been nominated for the top athletic award in the capital city were announced Tuesday.

The finalists for the Marg Davis Memorial Award as Molson St. John's Female Athlete of the Year are soccer players Nichole Adams and Laura Breen and basketball player Katherine Quackenbush.

Six athletes, representing five sports, are the finalists for the 2008 Molson St. John's Athletes of the Year awards. The names of the three females and three males who have been nominated for the top athletic award in the capital city were announced Tuesday.

The finalists for the Marg Davis Memorial Award as Molson St. John's Female Athlete of the Year are soccer players Nichole Adams and Laura Breen and basketball player Katherine Quackenbush.

Hockey player Luke Adam, curler Brad Gushue and softball player Mike Noftall are the three finalists in the running for the Tom "Dynamite" Dunne Memorial Award as male athlete of the year.

Female nominees

Nichole Adams - Adams was a second-team Atlantic University Sport (AUS) all-star. She won the Breen's Jubilee Trophy women's soccer league scoring title with 21 goals with EPR Kirby/The Dock. With the Memorial Sea-Hawks, she was third in AUS scoring with seven goals.

Laura Breen - Breen, the AUS most valuable player and first-team AUS all-star with Memorial, finished third in the Jubilee Trophy scoring race with 14 goals. She won the AUS scoring title with nine goals.

Katherine Quackenbush - Quackenbush was a first-team AUS all-star and conference most valuable player for the Memorial Sea-Hawks. The fifth-year guard, was the 2008 recipient of the James Bayer Memorial Scholarship Award, the most prestigious award given to an Atlantic university athlete.

MALE FINALISTS

Luke Adam - Adam, who plays for Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Montreal Juniors, had 36 goals and 30 assists for a team-leading 66 points with the QMJHL's St. John's Fog Devils last season. The 6-2, 200-pound winger and St. John's native was leading Montreal in scoring at the Christmas break. He has 43 points in 40 games with Montreal so far this season and played in the CHL's Top Prospects game. He was the second-round pick (44th overall) of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Brad Gushue - Gushue and his rink lost a playoff tie-breaker in the 2008 Brier, finishing with a 7-5 overall record. Gushue's team, ranked fourth in the most recent Canadian Team Ranking System standings, opened the 2008-09 World Curling Tour season with a championship at an event in Basel, Switzerland and followed up with a couple of final and quarter-final showings. Also in 2008, he skipped his team to the Tankard provincial men's championship, his fifth in six years.

Mike Noftall - Noftall was a member of Canada's silver medal team at the world junior men's softball championships. He was second on the team with 10 RBIs and batted .300. He was playoff MVP for his C.B.S. intermediate team in the St. John's league. He tossed the win as Goulds captured the Pepsi provincial boys' midget softball championship and was named the tournament MVP.

The winners will be announced at St. John's City Hall during a Molson-sponsored banquet Friday, Feb. 6.

Hockey player Ted Purcell and curler Stacie Devereaux were last year's winners.

For more than half a century, the St. John's athlete of the year committee has named the athletic best for the city in a calendar year. The first winner was Ferd Hayward in 1951. The first female winner was Maria Fitzpatrick in 1969.

This is the 57th year for the St. John's Athlete of the Year awards. This year's event also marks the 40th anniversary of the Female Athlete of the Year program and marks the 40th consecutive year that Molson has been the program's major corporate sponsor.

The Molson St. John's Athlete of the Year committee consists of 14 sports professionals in the capital city. Don Power is the chairman of the committee.




PAST WINNERS

MALE
1951 - Ferd Hayward
1952 - Ted Gillies
1953 - Ted Gillies
1954 - George Hillier
1955 - George Hillier
1956 - Lloyd Cooke
1957 - Barry Maunder
1958 - Tols Chapman
1959 - Bill Gillies
1960 - Bill Martin
1961 - Doug House
1962 - Charlie Spurrell
1963 - Ian Campbell
1964 - Tony Manning
1965 - Ian Campbell
1966 - Tols Chapman
1967 - Gordon Follett Sr.
1968 - Mac Rideout
1969 - Brian Brocklehurst
1970 - Ford Metcalfe
1971 - Joe Walsh
1972 - Ross Crocker
1973 - Ross Crocker
1974 - Blair Tucker
1975 - Denis Byrd
1976 - Jack MacDuff (rink)
1977 - Blair Tucker
1978 - John Dwyer
1979 - Paul McCloy
1980 - Mel Fitzgerald
1981 - Paul McCloy
1982 - Paul McCloy
1983 - Paul Merlo
1984 - Chris Daly
1985 - Paul McCloy
1986 - Paul McCloy
1987 - Paul McCloy
1988 - Colin Abbott
1989 - Colin Abbott
1990 - Paul McCloy
1991 - John Slaney
1992 - Rob O'Brien
1993 - Iain Tennent
1994 - Troy Croft
1995 - Rod Snow
1996 - Andy Crosby
1997 - Peter Benoite
1998 - Harold Druken
1999 - Colin Abbott
2000 - Mark Parsons
2001 - Brad Gushue (rink)
2002 - Jeff Saxby
2003 - Jason Hill
2004 - Brad Gushue
2005 - Brad Gushue
2006 - Brad Gushue
2007 - Ted Purcell
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FEMALE
1969 - Maria Fitzpatrick
1970 - Pam Yetman
1971 - Annette Rossiter
1972 - Kate Jackman
1973 - Peg Baker
1974 - Marg Davis
1975 - Colleen Tapper
1976 - Joanne McDonald
1977 - Marg Davis
1978 - Joanne McDonald
1979 - Kathy Noseworthy
1980 - Paula Kelly
1981 - Gillian Grant
1982 - Debby Power
1983 - Sue Doyle
1984 - Nicola Will
1985 - Sue Doyle
1986 - Joy Burt
1987 - Pam Ennis
1988 - Sherry Morrissey
1989 - Pam Ennis
1990 - Cora McCloy
1991 - Cora McCloy
1992 - Jasmine Wadhwa
1993 - Andrea Hutchens
1994 - Krista Manning
1995 - Michelle Healey
1996 - Michelle Healey
1997 - Ann Murrin
1998 - Cheryl Oldford
1999 - Donna Phelan
2000 - Donna Phelan
2001 - Jennifer Parsons
2002 - Jenine Browne
2003 - Jenine Browne
2004 - Jenine Browne
2005 - Julia Howard
2006 - Laura Breen
2007 - Stacie Devereaux

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, The Dock Molson Montreal Juniors Buffalo Sabres Canadian Team Ranking System St. John's City Year committee Doug House

Geographic location: St. John's, Montreal, Basel Switzerland Canada Troy

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  • Renee
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Really, are you kidding? Get a life. If it is in the Olympics, it is a sport and Newfoundlanders happen to excel in it!

  • derek
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Curling is not a sport..

  • Capture the Flag
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Please do not tell me Katherine Quackenbush is even nominated. This is a FARCE, She lists Halifax, Nova Scotia as her home and was only in St. John's to go to MUN. She should receive an award from MUN but NOT St. John's Athlete of the Year . or like last year won the Provincial Athlete of the Year award.What about our Tax paying citizens people who actually live and pay taxes (or their parents pay taxes) these are the people who should be up for the award. Any comments here

  • Johnny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    To derek
    But apparently disrespecting it is!

  • mona
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Katherine gave 5 years to MUN in sports as well as academics. Not only that, she was very involved in volunteer work and tried hard to get accepted to Med. school there. She was accepted to Dal. and that is where she is at present. She loved this province and still commutes here for visits. Please don't be so judgemental!

  • Jim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    As an CFA, I cannot believe that no one from RUGBY had any award ??? The most promising successful sport on the ROCK. Wake up St. Johns, look around you & promote & encourage national recognition.

  • hockeykid
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    GO LUKE ADAM!!!!!! HE SHOULD WIN THE AWARD!!!

  • Renee
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Really, are you kidding? Get a life. If it is in the Olympics, it is a sport and Newfoundlanders happen to excel in it!

  • derek
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Curling is not a sport..

  • Capture the Flag
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Please do not tell me Katherine Quackenbush is even nominated. This is a FARCE, She lists Halifax, Nova Scotia as her home and was only in St. John's to go to MUN. She should receive an award from MUN but NOT St. John's Athlete of the Year . or like last year won the Provincial Athlete of the Year award.What about our Tax paying citizens people who actually live and pay taxes (or their parents pay taxes) these are the people who should be up for the award. Any comments here

  • Johnny
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    To derek
    But apparently disrespecting it is!

  • mona
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Katherine gave 5 years to MUN in sports as well as academics. Not only that, she was very involved in volunteer work and tried hard to get accepted to Med. school there. She was accepted to Dal. and that is where she is at present. She loved this province and still commutes here for visits. Please don't be so judgemental!

  • Jim
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    As an CFA, I cannot believe that no one from RUGBY had any award ??? The most promising successful sport on the ROCK. Wake up St. Johns, look around you & promote & encourage national recognition.

  • hockeykid
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    GO LUKE ADAM!!!!!! HE SHOULD WIN THE AWARD!!!