The Briercrest Clippers are retiring the number for one of their best on and off the ice.
Darcy Haugan played for the Clippers in the 1998 and ’99 seasons. Haugan was also head coach and general manager of the Humboldt Broncos when he passed away in the horrific bus crash that killed 16 people and injured another 13.
Chief Athletic Officer Rob Schellenburg said while his time with Briercrest was short, he made a lasting impact on and off the ice.
“His legacy went well beyond his on-ice abilities,” Schellenburg said. “He was a very talented hockey player, played wing and he had the shot that could just bury a puck, and he had such a quick release. He led our team in scoring, but the real impact that Darcy made was on the people around here.”
Schellenburg said while Darcy was a great person off the ice, he was also historically good on the ice.
“He still holds our regular-season scoring records, he actually averaged 1.8 points per game in his two year career here,” Schellenburg said. “In his best yer, he scored 46 points in just 21 games.”
Schellenburg said Darcy’s memory is still a strong one at the bible college, including meeting his wife, Christina.
“The people that stood up for Darcy and Christina at their wedding are still members of our staff here,” Schellenburg said. “There are many, many alumni coming back that were line-mates of his that want to be here to celebrate Darcy’s legacy.”
Darcy’s family will receive Briercrest jerseys during the ceremony with his number 22 on the back, while a banner with his name and number will be raised to the rafters in Barkman arena in Caronport.