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Each year, U SPORTS honours the major award winners of the season prior to, or following the national championship in each sport.

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Player of the Year

Player of the Year

The award is presented annually to the Outstanding Athlete of the Year during the U SPORTS regular season in team sports and track and field, and the Meet MVP in the remaining individual sports.

(If Applicable)
Men's Basketball Mike Moser
Memorial Trophy
The Mike Moser Memorial Trophy, dedicated in honour of the late University of Waterloo basketball player, is presented to the Outstanding Male Basketball Player in U SPORTS. Moser, a two-time U SPORTS All-Canadian died suddenly in 1975 of a rare heart inflammation. The selection is made by the U SPORTS Men's Basketball Coaches' Association. PDF
Women's Basketball Nan Copp Award The award is dedicated in honour Joan Ann “Nan” Copp, the late official and organizer of the women's game, who became the first female to referee a CIAU Basketball Championship in the 1970s. The wife of former University of Guelph athletic director Dave Copp was also a prominent referee at the high school level in both Toronto and Montreal, in addition to coaching in the Montreal area. The award was lobbied for by the Ontario and Quebec University Athletic Associations.

The selection is made by the U SPORTS Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
Cross Country Athlete of the Year Initiated in 1997, the Athlete of the Year is selected by the U SPORTS Coaches Association. The award is based upon performances during the entire season as well as at the Conference and National Championships. PDF
Field Hockey
Liz Hoffman Award

Presented to the most valuable university field hockey player in Canada, the Liz Hoffman Award honours the long-time University of Toronto director of athletics and high performance sport. An eight-time U SPORTS champion as coach of the Varsity Blues field hockey team, Hoffman was also named U SPORTS Coach of the Year three times (1985, 1988, 1993) and served on the U SPORTS board for 12 years over three different decades (1982-86, 1993-97, 2003-07), including a term as president from 1995 to 1997. Hoffman retired in in July 2010.

The selection is made by a committee composed of members of the U SPORTS Coaches Association. The announcement and presentation is made at the National Championship.

Football Hec Crighton Trophy The Hec Crighton Trophy, presented to U SPORTS by the Board of Directors to the Canadian College Bowl, is awarded to the outstanding football player in U SPORTS. The trophy is named after the late Hec Crighton - teacher, coach, referee, author of the Official Football Rule Book and the U SPORTS Rule Book. PDF
Men's Hockey Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy The Sullivan Trophy was first awarded in 1975-76. A former player with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, Joseph A. Sullivan was the goaltender for the University of Toronto “Grads,” which won the gold medal for Canada at the 1928 Olympic Winter Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The trophy was formerly presented for Canadian University Hockey competition, but was rededicated in 1976. The recipient is selected by a committee of coaches representing the three U SPORTS conferences. PDF
Women's Hockey Brodrick Trophy The trophy is dedicated in honour of two members of the Brodrick Family, Dr. Robert Brodrick and his daughter Laurie (who passed away in 1994 after battling cancer), for their vision in the development of women's hockey at Loyola College / Concordia University, and throughout U SPORTS. The selection is made by the U SPORTS Women's Hockey Coaches Association. PDF
Women's Rugby N/A The Player of the Year is selected by the U SPORTS Coaches Association. PDF
Men's Soccer Joe Johnson
Memorial Trophy
The Joe Johnson Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the Outstanding Player of the Year, and is presented at the U SPORTS Soccer Championship. The trophy honours the veteran head coach of the UBC Thunderbirds, who was behind the bench for 25 seasons from 1961 to 1985. Johnson won three U SPORTS Championships in 1974, 1984 and 1985, adding national Coach of the Year honours in his final campaign. The trophy was donated by the long time university soccer coach's family in memory of his contribution to university soccer in 1991. PDF
Women's Soccer Chantal Navert Memorial Award The Chantal Navert Memorial Award is presented annually to the Outstanding Player of the Year. The award was donated by the Université de Sherbrooke in memory of Chantal Navert. Chantal, a National Soccer Official for 15 years, an avid university soccer supporter and a role model for those aspiring to become referees at the National and International level, passed away suddenly in 1995. The winner is selected by a selection committee composed of members of the U SPORTS Coaches Association. PDF
Swimming Swimmer of the Year The Outstanding Male & Female Swimmer of the Year are selected by the technical committee at the Championship and is based solely on performance at the Championship. PDF
Track and Field

Track Athlete of the Year
Field Athlete of the Year

Since 2003, U SPORTS has recognized the most valuable Track and Field Athletes of the Year, as determined by competition held through the season. PDF
Athlete of the Year
Prior to 2002-03, U SPORTS recognized only one athlete of the year in track and field. PDF
Men's Volleyball N/A The recipient is the member of the First All-Canadian Team who receives the most votes. PDF
Women's Volleyball Mary Lyons Award The recipient is the member of the First All-Canadian Team who receives the most votes. The award honours the former head coach of the York University women’s volleyball team who also served as director of the Canadian Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Union and the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (now U SPORTS). PDF
Wrestling Wrestler of the Year The selection is made by the U SPORTS Wrestling Coaches' Association. PDF