As U SPORTS announced the student-athletes selected as the Top Eight Academic All-Canadians for the 2018-2019 season, a Queen’s University athlete was named among them.
U SPORTS announced the Top Eight on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, and named Gael’s men’s hockey star Slater Doggett as one of the eight elite student athletes. Doggett is the fifth Gaels athlete to receive the honour, and the first Queen’s hockey player, according to Queen’s Athletics.
The athletes will be honoured at a later date at Rideau Hall, the official residence and workplace of the Governor General of Canada in Ottawa. The Governor General’s Academic All-Canadian Commendation was founded in 2013 by the Right Honourable David Johnston, the former Governor General of Canada.
U SPORTS student-athletes achieve Academic All-Canadian status by having maintained an average of 80 per cent or higher over the academic year while also competing in one or more of their university’s varsity teams. Each year, one male student-athlete and one female student athlete are selected from the four U SPORTS conferences to make up the Top Eight.
“The list of Academic All-Canadians continues to grow each year,” Graham Brown, President and CEO of U SPORTS said in a press release on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. “The success of the Top Eight is a testament to the dedication of our student-athletes on the field of play, in the classroom and as leaders in their communities across the country.”
As the official supporter of the student-athletes selected as Top 8 Academic All-Canadians, Sherrard Kuzz LLP will continue to support the travel, accommodation, and hospitality of the group in the lead-up to the Commendation at Rideau Hall. All eight student-athletes will also receive a customized ring from Baron, the Exclusive Provider of championship rings and recognition jewelry for U SPORTS.
Doggett joins former Gaels Justin Hall, 2006-07 (X-Country – T&F), Kristine Spekkens, 1999-00 (Volleyball), Bob McGill, 1998-99 (X-Country – T&F) and David Kantor, (Volleyball) who was a recipient of the honour in 1995-96 and 1994-95.
The following is the profile of Doggett via Queen’s Athletics.
Hometown: Oakville, Ont.
School: Queen’s University
Faculty: Arts and Science
Program: Applied Economics
Eligibility in 2018-19: 4th
The 2018-19 season was a historic one for the Queen’s Gaels men’s hockey program and star forward Slater Doggett.
Last year, Doggett once again showed why he is one of the best to sport the Tricolour on the ice, claiming the OUA East MVP and being named a U SPORTS All-Canadian. Doggett, who moved into the program’s Top 10 in all-time scoring to close his career, ranked third in the nation with 21 goals and tied for ninth in the conference with 34 points – anchoring the Gaels’ OUA Queen’s Cup championship squad with his leadership both on and off the ice as well.
The graduating forward has also played amongst the best and brightest of Canadian university hockey over his career – winning a bronze medal for Canada at the 2017 FISU Winter Universiade in Kazakhstan, and competing for the 2018 U SPORTS All-Stars against Hockey Canada’s World Junior Prospects. In 2018-19, the first-team all-star was held off the scoresheet only three times, thanks in large part to a six-game goal-scoring streak and nine multi-point efforts for the Kingston squad. But while his accolades on the ice can go on and on, his work off of it is just as celebratory.
Doggett’s overall portfolio of contributions as a student-athlete also helped garner him the OUA East Division Randy Gregg Award. Among his many initiatives is involvement in the Autism Mentorship Program (AMP), which pairs autistic youth and adults in meaningful, one-on-one mentoring relationships designed to provide support for the present and future. Doggett has also contributed to Nightlight Kingston throughout his university career, volunteering his time with those who are less fortunate. He has also spent time with the Running and Reading Program during his time at Queen’s, volunteering once a week at the Molly Brant Public School to support the initiative.
After Queen’s, he quickly signed a professional contract with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL and currently plays professionally for the Vipiteno Sterzing Broncos in the Alps Hockey League, which features teams based in Austria, Italy and Slovenia.
“Slater optimized what it meant to be a student-athlete. His commitment to the game and his studies were the standard for what we look for in a player at Queen’s,” said head coach Brett Gibson. “We looked most nights for Slater to lead the way and most nights he did not disappoint.”
“Slater Doggett is one of the most dynamic men’s hockey student-athletes to ever step on the ice at Queen’s. He is an outstanding leader, role model and ambassador for hockey and the University,” said Queen’s Executive Director of Athletics and Recreation Leslie Dal Cin. “Slater successfully combines the demanding rigours of being both a student and athlete, while leading the men’s hockey team to their first Queen’s Cup championship since 1981. An Academic All-Canadian, as well as U SPORTS All-Canadian and the top forward in the OUA since his arrival on Queen’s campus, he has helped elevate the men’s hockey program to a perennial national contender.”