|McGill University hockey players Marc-Andre Dorion and Ann-Sophie Bettez with their BLG trophies for CIS athletes of the year Monday at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary. Photo by Brendan Miller, Special to the Calgary Sun
CALGARY - Sporting a cast on his right hand thanks to broken thumb he suffered blocking a shot in the third period of McGill’s first University Cup triumph in the school’s 136-year history, Marc-Andre Dorion is all about the team.
On this night, however, he was standing by himself as the winner of the BLG Award as the top male athlete in the country.
“I can’t believe what’s happening right now,” Dorion said after winning the award Monday night at the Epcor Centre’s Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary. “Winning athlete of the year in Canada is something really big and something you can’t imagine happening. You just play the sport because you like it.
“It’s an amazing feeling.”
The slick defenceman is as low-key as they come, but it was hard to ignore the results on the ice.
He leaves the McGill Redmen as the highest-scoring blueliner in team history and is heading to Austria in August to begin his pro career.
After watching Ann-Sophie Bettez win the female award just minutes before, Dorion completed the McGill sweep.
“I was just thinking ‘No matter what happens, I’m in the four nominees and I can be proud,’” Dorion said. “After that, when they said ‘From McGill University …’ and with Ann-Sophie being named before me from McGill, I couldn’t really believe that both of us won.”
You can’t blame Dorion for still wanting to talk about the University Cup win back in March that ended years of frustration and close calls for the Redmen.
“The fact that we won nationals definitely helped me,” Dorion said. “I can give so much back to my teammates and I’ll let them know as soon as possible that I won the award because they deserve part of it.
“Obviously, the feeling when we won nationals was the best moment of my life,” he added. “This is up there, as well, but this is an individual honour and you don’t play hockey for individual honours.
“We always play for the cup and this year we finally did it for McGill after that many years waiting for it.”
It’s been a year to remember for the St. Hubert, Que., native.
“It was an amazing year,” Dorion said. “Having been to McGill for four years, graduating, winning the national championship and now this BLG award … these are all amazing accomplishments.”
Add the BLG Award experience to that list.
“We felt like rockstars,” Dorion said with a laugh. “The whole treatment … the nice hotel and everything. We’re with great people and well-dressed.”
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