Penticton’s Fred Harbinson 5th Nominee for Haugan Memorial Coach of the Year Junior Hockey NewsPublished: Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019
By: Cliff Cook
Vees’ (British Columbia Hockey League) Head Coach Fred Harbinson has been
selected as the fifth monthly nominee for the Darcy Haugan Memorial North
American Coach of the Year award.
award is presented to the current junior hockey coach that displays similar
characteristics that Haugan was known for.
Haugan was an
unusual junior hockey coach that emphasized helping his players become better
people as being more important than wins and losses. He also expected his
players to give back to the community. He strongly believed that hockey is not
about making players, but human beings, and was a frequent attendee at
fundraisers, minor hockey clinics, and spoke with community leaders and schools
about family, integrity and respect. Nominees, that display similar
characteristics, are selected each month during the season leading up to the
the 12th season as head coach of the Penticton Vees for Fred Harbinson, and the
1st season after signing a 5-year extension that will see Harbinson at the helm
of the Vees through the 2023-2024 season. Through his tenure, Harbinson
has compiled an overall record of 481-144-14-40. Under Harbinson, the Vees have
won four BCHL Regular Season championships, five BCHL Interior Division
championships, four BCHL Fred Page Cup championships, a Doyle Cup championship,
a Western Canada Cup championship and an RBC Cup national championship.
been awarded the BCHL’s coach of the year award three times in his career,
including most recently in the 2015-16 season.
will be selected at the end of regular season by a panel led by Darcy's wife
Christina Haugan.JuniorHockey.com is honored to have the
opportunity to facilitate this award on behalf of Darcy's family, friends, and
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