Wenatchee Wild (British Columbia Hockey League) Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler has been selected as the sixth 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.
Littler, USA Hockey’s all time Tier 1 and Tier 2 winningest coach, not only enhances the lives of young hockey players, he has also done the same thing for countless young coaches, scouts, and even an occasional hockey writer.
“In the last ten years I’ve known Bliss, he has been the rock-solid voice of reason for JuniorHockey.com,” Stephen Heisler said on Sunday. “When it comes to the game, and that means everybody from the owners to the stick boys, Bliss has a way of making each feel like they can accomplish anything. Players want to skate through walls for Littler while playing the game and can count him as a friend for the remainder of their lives. Simply said, he’s the best.”
The winner will be selected at the end of regular season by a panel led by Darcy's wife Christina Haugan.