Humboldt Broncos coach Darcy Haugan won the inaugural Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award, presented to the person who best utilizes hockey as a platform for participants to build character and develop important life skills for a more positive family experience, at the 2018 NHL Awards Wednesday night.
The 42 year old was one of 16 people killed when the bus carrying the SJHL team was hit by a tractor-trailer unit near Tisdale as the squad was on its way to Nipawin for a playoff game in April.
The award brings awareness to anonymous and uplifting stories of community, making it strong by using hockey as platform. Haugan did that by building young leaders and died doing what he loved, surrounded by the young people to whom he dedicated his life.
Haugan’s wife, Christina, accepted the award which was presented to her by O’Ree.
Willie O’Ree was the first black player in NHL history, and is the league’s diversity ambassador.
After the award was handed out, a video tribute to those who were killed was aired.
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