Yarmouth Mariners’ (Maritime Hockey League) Head Coach Laurie Barron has been selected as the seventh 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.
Barron spent 11 years on the Mariners’ bench as an assistant coach or head coach before returning for the 2016-17 season. For a second consecutive year the Mariners have won the MHL’s Eastlink South Division Championship and are heading to the league's Canadian Tire Cup championship final playoff series.
A true players’ coach, Barron leads by example when the topic comes to character. Players have a tendency to leave Yarmouth as both a better hockey player and person.
The winner 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 the game.
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