Taran Kozun of the Saskatchewan Huskies men’s hockey team and Daphné Danyluk from the McGill Martlets women’s swimming squad are the U SPORTS Male and Female Athletes of the Week for the period ending January 19, 2020.
Male Athlete of the Week: Taran Kozun, Saskatchewan
Not only did Taran Kozun shut the door on the Calgary Dinos this past weekend, stopping all 70 shots fired his way, he also became just the second goalie in Canada West history to register a goal.
The 2018-19 U SPORTS Goalie of the Year started his weekend by willing his team to a 4-0 victory. Despite getting outshot 35-25, Kozun was unbeatable on the night to record his third shutout of the season.
The product of Nipawin, Sask. was even better on Saturday. Recording the same amount of saves for shutout number four on the year, Kozun also found another way to get his name on the scoresheet. With Calgary’s goalie pulled Kozun gloved down a shot on net, quickly dropped the puck and fired it the length of the ice to become just the second goalie in conference history to score. He joined Alberta's Kurtis Mucha (Oct. 26, 2012) as the only goalies to score in conference history.
The wins were big for Saskatchewan in the playoff picture, allowing them to jump the Dinos for second place in the conference and grab the first round bye that comes with it.
- CW: Taran Kozun, hockey, Saskatchewan (winner)
- OUA: Ryan Valentini, hockey, Guelph
- RSEQ: Clément Secchi, swimming, McGill
- AUS: Samuel Harvey, hockey, UNB
Female Athlete of the Week: Daphné Danyluk, McGill
Danyluk, a 5-foot-7 sprinter, won a combined five gold medals and a pair of silvers at the third and fourth RSEQ Cup meets in Quebec City over the weekend. The 21-year-old anatomy freshman was named female swimmer of the meet in the Friday competition, scoring a meet-high 658.5 points on the FINA scale to win the honour by 52 points. Danyluk finished atop the podium in the 50-metre backstroke (30.16), the 100m back (1:04.79), the 200m butterfly (2:20.50) and swam leadoff on the winning the 4x50m medley relay (1:59.81). The next day, she won the 200m back in 2:19.18, and posted silver medal finishes in the 400 individual medley (5:02.38) and the 4x100 medley relay (4:23.22).
- CW: Jessica Vance, hockey, Saskatchewan
- OUA: Sarah Gates, basketball, McMaster
- RSEQ: Daphné Danyluk, swimming, McGill (winner)
- AUS: Tyra Meropoulis, hockey, StFX
- Player bios courtesy U SPORTS member conferences.