Former Western Capitals goalie Bailie earns CIS honour

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UPEI's Traccitto, ex-Rocket selected all-stars

Former Summerside Western Capitals goalie Kevin Bailie is the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) rookie of the year.

The awards were announced Wednesday night at a banquet in Saskatoon, where the University Cup begins today.

Liam Heelis, a third-year forward at Acadia, was named player of the year after leading the country with 24 goals in 26 games.

McGill's Ryan McKiernan was the top defenceman and Calgary's Jacob DeSerres, a former member of the Saint John Sea Dogs, was the top goalie and UNB's Chris Culligan the most sportsmanlike player.

Bailie, a six-foot-three arts and science student at Queen's, was dominant this season, posting a 1.98 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage in 20 games. The Belleville, Ont., native had two shutouts and 11 wins as the Gaels improved by seven wins from 2012-13.

"Kevin is a true professional in every essence of the word. His preparation and focus are as high as any player I have ever coached," said Queen's coach Brett Gibson, who was named as coach of the year. "It was extremely comforting going into every game knowing he was back there for us and that just motivated every other player on the ice in each game to play their best."

Bailie was named top goaltender at the RBC Cup last spring in Summerside.

UPEI Panthers defenceman Reggie Traccitto was named to the second all-star team along with former P.E.I. Rocket goalie Evan Mosher.

Traccitto, a fourth-year arts student from Oakville, Ont., had 10 goals and 19 assists in 28 games this season for the Panthers.

Mosher, a third-year arts student from Conception Bay South, N.L., had a 2.12 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage for the Acadia Axemen.

Organizations: Queen's, Summerside Western Capitals, McGill RBC Panthers

Geographic location: Capitals, Saskatoon, Calgary Belleville Summerside Oakville

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