The Saskatchewan Hockey Association announced award winners from the 2016-17 season.
Rodney Stang was the recipient of the Coach of the Year award. He was presented with the plaque during this year's Macklin Bunnock Championship celebrations.
Stang has spent nearly eight years coaching minor hockey in Macklin and another 10 years on the association's committee. Like many coaches, Stang became involved with minor hockey because he had kids on the team.
Stang has lead the Macklin Mohawks Midget boys team to both league and provincial championships in past years. Mohawks claimed the Hi-Way 14 league title last year, as well as the Midget B Provincial title.
Parents of the players nominated Stang for the award, "One of the parents on the team thought I did a great job and deserving of an award. I really appreciate him nominating me."
Stang explained his coaching style, "I treat everyone equally. I try to make sure they all understand their role on the team. Not everyone is going to score goals, some are defense-men. I make sure their all acknowledged for their role of the team."
This upcoming hockey season, Stang will be taking a break as a coach.
The SHA hands out awards every year based on nominations they receive from across the province. Other award winners included Marcel Dube – Volunteer of the Year (St. Brieux) and John Jangula Volunteer of the Year (North Battleford).