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, 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.

christina and brayden words on clayton.png

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.


Twitter: @MoisesCanalesJr

Follow Country 104 (CKVX) and Classic Hits Radio (CFYM/CJYM) on Facebook.

Follow Country 104 (CKVX) and Classic Hits Radio (CJYM) on Twitter.

More Sports News

High School Cross Country Provincial Championships held at Delisle Composite School

Here are the full results from High School Cross Country Provincial Championships. Delisle Composite School was the host venue for the competition and served an excellent course to run for all of the…

Weekend Scoreboard - Hockey & H.S. Football Games

Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League - (2 Games) Yorkton Terriers 3 @ Kindersley Klippers 2 OT - Friday night. Melville Millionaires 1 @ Kindersley Klippers 2 SO - Saturday night. Prairie Junior Hockey…

Homestand Starts Tonight for Klippers

This month will probably see the least amount of travel time for the Kindersley Klippers as they play the rest of their October games at the West Central Events Centre. Their only road trip this…

Curling Season Just Around the Corner for Rosetown Club

The Rosetown Curling Club is preparing for their season ahead after their registration night and annual general meeting on Wednesday, October 10th. President of the Curling Club, Lyle Slocombe, said…

LCBI Bisons Ready for Regular Season Finale During Homecoming

It may seem like there's still lots of time before the playoffs begin in football. In the CFL, there are still a few games left in the regular season before the playoffs begin; the Grey Cup isn't…

'It's A Huge Honour': Jardine Named First Nominee for Coach of the Year Award

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…

Dakota Buttar Places Second in PBR's Invitational

Dakota Buttar had a successful weekend with the bulls this past weekend. The Kindersley bull rider participated at the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast’s Ariat Invitational. Buttar's first score for the…

Outlook High School Hosts Cross Country Districts

Athletes from the West Central region competed at Cross Country Districts at Outlook High School on Thursday afternoon. There are 5 total divisions including Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget, Junior and…

Klippers Win Back-to-Back Games on the Road in Flin Flon

It's never easy winning on the road in hockey, but the Kindersley Klippers managed to win back-to-back games in a very tough atmosphere over the Thanksgiving long weekend. The Klippers travelled to…

Weekend Scoreboard - High School Football & Hockey Scores

Here are the scores from Week 5 of High School Football in the West Central region. 1-A 6-Man Football (Conference 2) Kerrobert Rebels 48 @ Hafford Vikings 60 Plenty Wildcats 73 @ Eatonia Spartans 54… is West Central Saskatchewan's only source for community news, weather, and information.

Search the Biz Guide