Once again the national spotlight is on Portage Terriers’ Head Coach Blake Spiller. The veteran bench boss has been nominated for the CJHL Coach of the Year Award which has been renamed the Darcy Haugan/Mark Cross Memorial – CJHL Coach of the Year Award.
Spiller, who guided the Terriers to yet another MJHL championship and ANAVET Cup, has won this prestigious award on two previous occasions. Unarguably, Spiller is the most successful coach in the long history of the MJHL.
The list of Spiller’s accomplishments speaks volumes to his success:
· Terriers finished first this season after a 46-win season
· Twice named the CJHL Coach of the Year
· Winningest coach in the Portage Terriers’ history
· 13 years as Terriers’ head coach;
· Nearly 900 regular season games coached;
· More than 500 regular season wins
· 7 MJHL championships
· Terriers won the 2015 RBC Cup
· Dozens of his former players successfully moving onto high levels of hockey. …
This honour, which will be presented annually by the CJHL and NHLCA is in memory of Humboldt Broncos (SJHL) head coach Darcy Haugan and assistant Mark Cross, who were among those who sadly lost their lives following the tragic events of April 6, 2018. Each of the five nominees were determined, following a voting process completed by each of the CJHL’s 10-member leagues, for their respective efforts during the course of the 2018-19 regular season.
This year’s award will be formally presented to the recipient during the NHLCA’s Global Coaches’ Clinic, June 20, in Vancouver, BC