Humboldt Broncos General Manager and Head Coach, Darcy Haugan, who died in the tragic bus accident on April 6th, 2018, has been nominated posthumous for the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award. Coach Haugan is among three finalists for the honour, including Debbie Bland of Etobicoke, Ontario and Neal Henderson of Washington, DC
The Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award is intended to recognize the individual that best utilizes hockey as a platform for participants to build character and develop important life skills for a more positive family experience. The objective of this Program is to recognize the commitment of those who are improving lives and strengthening their communities through the game of hockey.
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The Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award will be presented for the first time at the 2018 NHL Awards™ in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 20, 2018.
“Darcy Haugan left a lasting impact on his community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, on every community which was fortunate enough to have him as a resident, and on junior hockey. He changed the lives of many of his players, always being there for each one of them and never hesitating to give them a second chance, because Darcy never gave up on anyone. He fought for his team and had their backs – he was the coach and mentor everybody wanted.
Darcy believed strongly that hockey is not about making hockey players, it’s about making amazing human beings. He did just that, building up young leaders who also happened to develop strong hockey skills along the way. His presence would fill the room and his love for the game was undeniable.
Darcy died doing what he loved, surrounded by the young people to whom he dedicated his life. That connection with young people stemmed, at least in part, from his deep-rooted faith; he grew up going to church, and had a strong faith in Jesus, which he credited for guiding all aspects of his life whether work, hockey, or family.
Darcy left behind, in all of those he touched, his spirit and passion for the game, his love for his beautiful family, and his example of dedication to his community. In 2015, Darcy’s dedication to the game earned him Hockey Alberta’s prestigious Meritorious Award for contribution to the game of hockey.” – Source: The Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award – NHL.com
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