Bison Briefs

Awards season

Graphic by Devon Kerslake

Men’s volleyball

After an outstanding Canada West season, Adam DeJonckheere was recognized for his outstanding rookie year with the Bisons at both the conference and national levels. He was named to the 2013-14 Canada West men’s volleyball All-Rookie Team and also to the 2013-14 CIS men’s volleyball All-Rookie Team.

DeJonckheere was recruited from St. Paul’s High School, and finished second on the team with 288 kills and 320.5 points.

“Adam has shown tremendous growth this year that allowed him to play at a level beyond his years,” Bison head coach Cam Johnson told

“He plays with confidence and an ability to shake off and process errors such that he became a go-to guy even as a first-year player on the floor.”

Women’s hockey

Four Bison athletes from the women’s hockey team were honoured with Canada West All-Star designations.

Caitlin MacDonald capped off her fifth and final year as a Bison with her for selection as a Canada West first team All-Star. MacDonald was an alternate captain for the Bisons in 2013-14 and finished the season with 10 points as a defenceman.

Joining MacDonald is Kyleigh Palmer, who was also selected as a Canada West first team All-Star. As a forward in her fifth year of eligibility as a Bison, Palmer was first in team scoring and third overall in the conference with 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points. Palmer led the Bisons with a plus/minus rating of +14, and was tied for fourth in the conference with four game-winning goals.

Fourth-year forward Meagan Vestby was named as a Canada West second team All-Star. The selection was her first as a Bison after her best scoring season with the team. Vestby had 23 points (eight goals and 15 assists), which placed her second on the team scoring list and sixth overall in the conference.

Rookie Caitlin Fyten was selected to the Canada West All-Rookie Team. The 18-year-old defenceman was tied for eighth in conference rookie scoring with eight points (one goal, seven assists).

“Caitlin, Kyleigh, and Meagan were all big parts of a really good regular season for our team this year,” said Bison women’s hockey head coach Jon Rempel to “All four players played hard and are deserving of Canada West All-Star and All-Rookie recognition.”

The Canada West conference was completely shut out at the CIS level for awards.

Men’s basketball

Andre Arruda started every game during his rookie season with the Bisons, leading to him being named to the 2013-14 Canada West men’s basketball All-Rookie team.

Arruda led the Bisons with a 13.8 points-per-game average and was fifth in three-point shooting percentages throughout the conference, with a .420 conversion rate.

“After coming off a knee injury last year, to starting every game for us this year, he has made huge strides in his development,” Bison men’s basketball head coach Kirby Schepp told

“[Arruda] had an outstanding season but has an even brighter future ahead of him.”