Late last week, Kindersley Klippers head coach and general manager Clayton Jardine was the recipient of some surprising yet great news. He had just learned of his nomination for a coach's award put together in memory of the late Darcy Haugan, who was the head coach and general manager of the Humboldt Broncos.
Jardine is in fact the first nominee for the Darcy Haugan Memorial North American Coach of the Year Award. Nominations will be made at the end of each month leading up to the announcement of the winner in May from a panel led by Darcy's wife Christina Haugan.
In a press release from juniorhockey.com, Mrs. Haugan and Battlefords North Stars head coach Brayden Klimosko gave their thoughts on Jardine becoming the September nominee for the new award. Below is an excerpt from the release containing quotes from Klimosko and Haugan.
The Klippers bench boss was incredibly thankful to hear about the nomination.
Even though he was surprised to find out about the news from the organization and then receive congratulatory messages from family and friends, he mentioned how he couldn't have done it alone.
This is Jardine's first year as a head coach at the junior hockey level. While it takes some teams more time to adjust to a new coach, Jardine has managed to have his players believe in the new system and build character on and off the ice. So far, his work has shown positive results with the Klippers 4th in the league standings with a 7-3 record.
But, he admits their play on the ice and his nomination is been a team effort.
We won't find out who the inaugural winner of this award will be until late spring, but Jardine says it's "a huge honour" to be the first candidate for a North American hockey award created after Darcy Haugan.
The award will be presented to a junior hockey coach that displays similar characteristics shown by the late Humboldt Broncos head coach and general manager.