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Penticton’s Fred Harbinson 5th Nominee for Haugan Memorial Coach of the Year Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019  
By: Cliff Cook

Penticton 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. 

The annual 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 May announcement.

2018-2019 is 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. 

Harbinson has been awarded the BCHL’s coach of the year award three times in his career, including most recently in the 2015-16 season.  

The winner will be selected at the end of regular season by a panel led by Darcy's wife Christina Haugan. is honored to have the opportunity to facilitate this award on behalf of Darcy's family, friends, and the game.

Author: Cliff Cook

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