Vancouver Giants Head Coach Don Hay became just the third coach in
Western Hockey League history to reach 600-career regular season Western
Hockey League wins after the Giants defeated his former team the
Kamloops Blazers 6-2 on Friday January 17, 2014.
Hay, who joins
Lorne Molleken and Ken Hodge in this exclusive club, reached this
historic milestone in front of friends and family in his hometown.
Kamloops native is currently in his 15th season as a head coach in the
Western Hockey League, his 10th with the Vancouver Giants, and he
coached his 1000th game last season.
Hay boasts an impressive
coaching résumé having led the Kamloops Blazers to two President's Cups
and two Memorial Cups in three years (92-95), and more recently, leading
the Vancouver Giants to a President's Cup in 2006 and a Memorial Cup in
On the international stage, Hay coached Team Canada at
the 1995 World Junior Hockey Championships where they not only won the
Gold Medal but finished the tournament with a perfect 7 and 0 record. He
also coached Canada's National Junior Team in 2012 to a Bronze Medal.
recently, Hay coached Team Canada to their first gold in four years at
the 2013 World Under-18 Championships. The team also finished the
tournament with a perfect 7-0 record.
Hay is a two-time
winner of the Dunc McCallum Trophy as the Western Hockey League's Coach
of the Year in 1999 and 2009, and was honoured by the Canadian Hockey
League when they named him the best Western Hockey League coach of all
time. Hay was inducted into the British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame in
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)