Having earned Canada West’s version of the Marion Hilliard Award, it was a fitting honor in the distinguished career of Triston Riemer. Serving as the captain for the University of Regina Cougars women’s ice hockey program, the fifth-year blueliner continued to carve her remarkable legacy.
On the ice, Riemer is the iron woman of Canada West women’s hockey. Having never missed a game in her career, she has set a new standard for most consecutive games played along with the conference record of 132 games played. As a side note, she would lead all Cougars skaters with 11 assists.
Special recognition would be gained in the form of the University of Regina bestowed the honor of its President’s Award upon Riemer. Given during the university’s Ahtletic Awards gala, the criteria honors the student athlete that best combines athletics, academics and leadership. In a sterling five-year career that saw a special combination of hockey heroics and charitable efforts, the native of White Fox has set a standard that may never be duplicated again.
As a stay-at-home blueliner, Riemer may not have registered many points in her Cougars career, but the points registered were mostly ones that counted. In her freshman season, her first career point was an assist on Paige Wheeler’s overtime game winner (October 30, 2010).
During her fourth season, two of her three goals scored were game-winning tallies, which also led the team. Said goals were logged on October 25 against Mount Royal and eight days later against Manitoba. She would also earn assists on two game-winning goals during that season as well.
Embodying the essence of being a student-athlete, Riemer is also a five-time Academic All-Canadian. From an academic perspective, her remarkable average of 82 per cent is very impressive, considering the athletic and charitable commitments involved.
As a major in Kinesiology and Health Studies, she has utilized such knowledge in the effort to bring improvement to those suffering from illness. Among her efforts, she engaged in therapeutic recreation for seniors at Regina’s Lutheran Home, along with exercise programming for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease as the Regina South End Community Centre.
Having grown up in White Fox, Saskatchewan, remaining true to her hometown roots has been an essential component in her contributions as a hockey humanitarian. Donning multiple hats in helping to organize (and run) the White Fox Rec Hockey Tournament, part of her tasks include officiating, scheduling other volunteers and working on the tournament draw.
In addition, she has extended her volunteer time to include work with a minor hockey team as part of the Cougar Mentorship Program. Another aspect of the Cougars reaching out into the community involved its Cougar Cub program. Once again, Riemer showed great team spirit and dedication, donating her time as an instructor for players between the ages of three and seven.
As Riemer embarks on her next chapter, perhaps the Cougars could name a Leadership Award in her honor, a way of forever preserving and honoring her remarkable body of work. During the last five seasons, the true winners were those individuals whose lives were made better for having known her.
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