News and Announcements
Island athletes take top U SPORTS honours
Ahead of the 2021 U SPORTS National Championship, two University of Victoria Vikes field hockey players took home national honours. Fourth-year defender Anna Mollenhauer (Lynx FHC) took home U SPORTS Player of the Year honours for the second time in her career, last in 2018, while first-year forward Chloe Langkammer (Cowichan FHC) was named U SPORTS Rookie of the Year. Both were named All-Canadians along side UBC Thunderbirds fifth-year defender Sara Goodman (Cowichan FHC).
In addition, long-time Victoria based umpire Tyler Klenk was named U SPORTS Umpire of the Year.
The U SPORTS National Championship is a best-of-three series between Victoria and the University of Toronto, hosted at Back Campus fields in Toronto, Ont. Games will take place on Nov. 12 (3 p.m. Pacific), Nov. 13 (12 p.m. Pacific) and, if needed, Nov. 14 (11 a.m. Pacific). Games will be streamed live on cbcsports.ca or the CBC Sports GEM App. The Vikes will be vying for their third-straight U SPORTS National title and 14th banner overall.
LIZ HOFFMAN AWARD (Player of the Year): Anna Mollenhauer
A fourth-year defender, Mollenhauer helped guide the Vikes to an undefeated record in Canada West play in the 2021 season, tallying four goals on the season in addition to helping UVic secure five shutout wins. Adding to her accolades, Mollenhauer was the Canada West Rookie of the Year in 2017, and 2018 Player of the Year, also being named a Canada West All-Star in 2017, 2018, and 2019. In addition, the Victoria, B.C. native was selected as the 2019 U SPORTS national championship MVP and a two-time All-Canadian and Top 8 Academic All-Canadian.
JOYCE SLIPP AWARD (Rookie of the Year): Chloe Langkammer, Victoria
Vikes forward/midfield Chloe Langkammer led the offensive effort for Victoria with nine goals on the season en route to an undefeated season and Canada West Rookie of the Year honours.
An eight-game starter for the Vikes in 2021, Langkammer was a consistent presence in the Vikes’ attacking 23, maneuvering her way around defenders tactfully to become a top offensive producer for Victoria. Lankgammer finished the conference season with eight goals as the Vikes out-scored their opponents 32-3 across all eight conference games.
Six of those goals came in the Vikes’ home-opening tournament and all came from field goals The sister of former Vikes U SPORTS national champion and team captain Stefanie Langkammer, Chloe looks to help the Vikes earn their third-straight U SPORTS championship this season.
UMPIRE OF THE YEAR: Tyler Klenk, Canada West
Tyler Klenk, whose hometown is Saskatchewan but has spent most of his hockey career in Victoria, has had a fast-tracked route to now becoming Canada’s highest-ranked international umpire. Klenk’s talents as an umpire stem from him being a high-level player himself, previously competing for the Vikes men’s field hockey team and the Canadian junior national squad. Klenk brings a unique sense of calm to his level of umpiring while he truly is a “players’ official.”
Klenk has given up a lot to pursue his umpiring goals, moving to Vancouver to be a regular official in the Vancouver Men’s Premier League – the top club level hockey in Canada. Klenk will continue to grow his skills in Vancouver working with local leagues at the club and national level, while his contributions to Canada West field hockey have also been important parts of his pathway.
Klenk’s major international appointments included the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia, the 2019 FIH Series Finals in Paris and the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima.
FULL LIST OF 2021 AWARD WINNERS:
Liz Hoffman Award (Player of the Year): Anna Mollenhauer, University of Victoria
Marina Van Der Merwe Award (Coach of the Year): Jeff Pacheco – Western
Joyce Slipp Award (Rookie of the Year): Chloe Langkammer, University of Victoria
Gail Wilson Award (Student-Athlete Community Service Award): Kira Atkinson – Queen’s
Umpire of the Year: Tyler Klenk, Canada West
Sidney Evans, University of Guelph
Jordyn Faiczak, University of British Columbia
Arden Goddard-Despot, University of Guelph
Sara Goodman, University of British Columbia
Miranda Hunter , University of Waterloo
Chloe Langkammer, University of Victoria
Payten Lang, Western University
Katie Lynes, University of Toronto
Isabelle Mastantuono, Queen’s University
Anna Mollenhauer, University of Victoria
Melanie Scholz, University of Calgary
Full release: https://usports.ca/en/awards/news/2021/10/3009923434/athletes-of-the-week-mount-royal-s-el-gandour-calgary-s-leonard-honoured
Island athletes headed to Junior World Cup
After winning the Pan American Championships, Field Hockey Canada announces the Junior World Cup roster bound for South Africa. Five island players have been named to the list including Victoria’ Nora Struchtrup (Sailors FHC/UVic Vikes), Stefanie Sajko (Lynx/UVic Vikes), Libby Hogg (Lynx/UVic Vikes), Tayler Guy (Lynx/Calgary Dinos) and Duncan’s Jenna Goodman (Cowichan FHC/UBC Thunderbirds). A
The Junior World Cup will take place in Potchefstroom, South Africa from December 5-16, 2021. Struchtrup and Sajko were a part of the Canadian side that won gold at the qualifying tournament earlier in the year, while islanders Anna Mollenhauer and Sara Goodman who helped Canada qualify are now too old for the Junior World Cup itself.
The trip and training are all completely self funded. You can show your support for the island athletes directly by donating online here:
*Game schedule listed in local time
DECEMBER 5 – 1300 CANADA vs URUGUAY
DECEMBER 6 – 1700 CANADA vs ENGLAND
DECEMBER 8 – 1730 CANADA vs BELGIUM
More info: https://fieldhockey.ca/womens-junior-world-cup-roster-and-schedule-announcement/
Important: Provincial Health Order Changes
VILFHA has discussed with Field Hockey BC and have been advised that the Public Health Order pertaining to Youth Sport applies to VILFHA because of the youth in the program.
This requires all participants in supervisory roles to be double vaccinated. This includes all coaches, managers, umpires and ALL PLAYERS 19 yrs and over. VILFHA has included all players over 19 yrs because there are teams within our league who do not have coaches or managers (or have player/managers) and adults on the team often take on a de facto supervisory role when playing with or against younger players.
While vaccine is not mandatory for players under 19 yrs VILFHA Executive strongly encourages all players to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
We will be calling all team contacts to discuss as well.
All participants 19 yrs and over must show proof of full vaccination at the field entrance.
All umpires, coaches, supervisors, managers must also show proof of full vaccination at the field entrance (this applies to individuals <19 yrs as well)
Online Provincial Umpiring Course - Oct 26 and Nov 2, 17.30 - 20.30
Here’s a fantastic opportunity for you to understand our sport better, connect with players around the province, and set you up to earn some weekend coin.
A six-hour online version of the Provincial Umpiring Course is being offered:
- The course will consist of two sessions of 3 hours, including theory and exam.
- Participants are required to attend both sessions to be eligible to write the exam.
- The cost is $60 for FHBC members, $85 for non-members.
Spots are limited!
Date: Tuesday October 26 & Tuesday November 2
Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm PST
All the details are available through http://ow.ly/GFRw50Gnigm
Islanders help Canada claim historic gold at Junior Pan Ams
Four Vancouver Island athletes helped the Canadian women qualify for the 2021 Junior World Cup and claim a historic gold medal at the Junior Pan American Championships held this month in Santiago, Chile. Duncan’s Sara Goodman (Cowichan FHC/UBC Thunderbirds) captained the team that included Victoria’s Stefanie Sajko (Lynx/UVic Vikes), Anna Mollenhauer (Lynx/UVic Vikes) and Nora Struchtrup (Sailors/UVic Vikes). Victoria’s Nancy Mollenhauer was also present as the team’s manager.
The women’s gold medal was the first ever women’s gold medal at any Pan American championship and the first time a men’s or women’s team has won the junior championship.
After playing to a 0-0 draw in pool play, Canada took down Uruguay 1-0 in the finals, capping off an incredible undefeated run at the 2021 Pan American Games. By defeating Chile in the semifinals, Canada had already secured their berth in the 2021 Junior World Cup. They came into the finals riding high off the semifinal win and carried the momentum into the gold medal match. After three quarters of scoreless play, Canada’s penalty corner unit earned a PC in the 53rd minute. Anna Mollenhauer, one of Canada’s stalwart defenders and corner takers, mashed in a PC rocket, to give Canada the lead.
The men’s side fell short of Junior World Cup qualification and finished fourth overall and the team included Victoria’s Johnny Jacoby, who scored two games in Canada’s opening game.
More details: http://www.fieldhockey.ca/2021/08/18/junior-national-teams-play-for-world-cup-berth-in-chile/