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UNBC’s Michael Henman named Canada West Player of the Year

In the end, no one was better on the soccer pitch than Michael Henman.

Today (Thursday), the fourth-year player for the UNBC Timberwolves men’s soccer team was named the Canada West Player of the Year.

Henman’s play not only helped him individually but also put the T-Wolves into the spotlight across the conference.

The Victoria product tallied an astounding 19 goals this season, matching the Canada West record for most goals in a single season.

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“I am so proud of all that Michael has accomplished. Not just this year, but every year since finding his way to UNBC. He is an exceptional young man, and for him to accomplish what he did this season is absolutely remarkable. I have long believed that Michael was capable of special things. He is incredibly talented. To see it all come together for him this season was tremendous. This award is representative of a great team effort, and a lifetime of work to put himself in this spot. Today is a proud day.” – Steve Simonson, Head Coach of the UNBC Timberwolves.

Henman’s on-field accolades didn’t stop there. The striker came through in the clutch notching five game-winning goals, and a history-making four hat-tricks while also setting all-time records for goals and points in school history.

In addition, Henman stood out at the national level leading the country in both goals and points.

Lastly, UNBC’s Steve Simonson has been named the 2022 Coach of the Year.

The Timberwolves finished with an 8-5-3 record, good for third in the Pacific Division, and included an eight-game winning streak.

Simonson helped his team capture the UNBC record for wins, goals scored, and points.

“We are incredibly thrilled for Steve, with the announcement of his well-deserved Canada West Coach of the Year honor. He worked extremely hard establishing a team culture, creating an environment where the players are accountable, with a focus on them becoming better players, better students, and better people. He has stayed true to that with his efforts in recruiting, coaching, and time spent on his professional and personal development. I am so proud of Steve. It is special to be recognized by your colleagues from other institutions. His passions go beyond the win/loss column, and his team’s success on and off the pitch is evidence of that passion and drive.” Loralyn Murdoch, UNBC Athletic Director.

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