The Portland Winterhawks have hired Don Hay as an assistant coach on the eve of the team’s 2018 training camp.
“We are thrilled to add a coach of Don’s caliber to our staff,” said VP, General Manager and Head Coach, Mike Johnston. “He will bring not only experience in the league but also a history of winning. When I first approached Don about the idea I wasn’t sure what his reaction would be, but he was both interested and excited. Kyle and I have always had a good rapport with Don and feel he will definitely be a great addition to our group.”
First hired as an assistant coach with the Kamloops Blazers in 1986, Hay’s Western Hockey League career highlights include three Memorial Cup Championships with the Kamloops Blazers and Vancouver Giants, two WHL Coach of the Year Awards, Gold Medal in the 1995 World Juniors, and NHL head coaching roles with the Phoenix Coyotes and Calgary Flames. During the 2017-18 season, Hay set a WHL record, surpassing longtime Portland Coach Ken Hodge to become the winningest coach in league history with 750 wins in his career.
“I’m excited to work with the Portland Winterhawks organization. I’m looking forward to working with Mike and Kyle and the rest of their staff. It’s a great opportunity to continue to learn and add my experience to the coaching staff,” said Don Hay.
The Winterhawks begin training camp with scrimmages for the Neely Cup starting Tuesday, August 21st through Friday, August 24th. The Hawks season opener is Saturday, September 29th against the Seattle Thunderbirds. For tickets, visit winterhawks.com/tickets for full details on pricing and availability.