Kroeker, Klassen, Hofer, Earn CCAA Academic All-Canadian Honours
It has been almost a year since the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers and the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference were welcomed into the CCAA and on Tuesday, Tiegan Kroeker, Jana Klassen and Carter Hofer became the first CMU student-athletes to be officially recognized by the national conference with a major award.
The distinction of Canadian Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic All-Canadian is designated to student-athletes from across Canada who were recognized by their region as a member of the All-Conference Team while maintain an academic grade-point-average of at least 3.70 in the given academic year. 190 student-athletes from across the CCAA's five conferences were listed in this class of excellence, including 7 from Manitoba. Ontario's Humber College led the nation with 15 total recipients.
In her second season, Kroeker captained the CMU women's soccer team and earned her first all-conference selection last October. The graduate of Winnipeg's Fort Richmond Collegiate scored once for the Blazers in the 2019 season despite playing most of her minutes from central defence; a goal that ultimately clinched the final MCAC playoff spot for her team.
Being recognized as one of the first CMU athletes by the CCAA is a perfect ending to a stellar collegiate career for Klassen. The fifth-year Blazers floor captain earned her 2nd all-conference selection in 2020 and finished second in scoring with 275 kills. The native of Calgary, Alberta was also recently selected as a co-winner of CMU's Female Athlete of the Year after leading her team to a 2020 MCAC Women's Volleyball Championship.
Carter Hofer's play spoke for itself in 2019-20. The third-year captain led CMU to another championship banner, the second in his three-year MCAC career. Hofer's 201 kills led the Blazers offensively and placed him third on the MCAC's Men's Volleyball leaderboard. The talented left-side hitter from Winnipeg's Linden Christian School added 50 service aces and 21 blocks to his season total.
The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Conference is made up of the PacWest Conference (BC), ACAC (Alberta), OCAA (Ontario), RSEQ (Quebec), ACAA (Atlantic Canada) and the MCAC (Manitoba) and boasts more than 100 member colleges and universities from across the country.