Don Hay

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Don Hay
Don Hay WJC12.jpg
Hay as head coach of the Team Canada for the 2012 World Juniors
Born (1954-02-13) February 13, 1954 (age 60)
Kamloops, BC, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Lansing Lancers
Columbus Owls
Flint Generals
Philadelphia Firebirds
NHL Draft 193rd overall, 1974
Minnesota North Stars
WHA Draft 230th overall, 1974
Houston Aeros
Playing career 1974–1977

Don Hay (born February 13, 1954) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and National Hockey League head coach. He is the current head coach of the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL.

As a player, Hay played shortly in the International Hockey League before becoming a three-time Memorial Cup-winning coach, predominantly in the Western Hockey League with brief stints in National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

He was born in Kamloops, British Columbia. After three years of junior in the BCJHL and WCHL, Hay was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in the 12th round, 193rd overall, of the 1974 NHL Entry Draft, as well as by the Houston Aeros in the 18th round, 230th overall, of the 1974 WHA Entry Draft. However, he never made it to either league as a player, and instead played in the minors during two seasons with the Lansing Lancers, Columbus Owls and Flint Generals of the IHL, and one season with the Philadelphia Firebirds of the NAHL.

Coaching career[edit]

Hay began his coaching career in 1986–87 as an assistant coach with his hometown Kamloops Blazers of the WHL. After six years as an assistant, Hay took over the reins as the Blazers head coach in 1992–93 and immediately distinguished himself, subsequently leading his team to two President's Cup titles (1994, 1995) and two Memorial Cup titles (1994, 1995) in three years.

Hay's success in the major junior ranks caught the attention of the NHL, and after spending a year as an assistant coach with the Calgary Flames, Hay was named the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes for the 1996–97 NHL season, their first year in Phoenix. Despite posting a respectable 38–37–7 record, Hay was let go by the Coyotes after a single season and after one more season in the NHL as an assistant coach with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Hay returned to the WHL.

Immediately upon returning to major junior with the Tri-City Americans in 1998–99, Hay won the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy as WHL coach of the year; furthermore, he was prestigiously honoured as the WHL's best coach of all-time by the CHL.[1] This earned him a second chance in the NHL, after two seasons with Tri-City, as the head coach of the Calgary Flames. His second stint in the NHL, however, was even shorter, as he was fired by the Flames just 68 games into the 2000–01 season. Overall, Hay coached 150 games in the NHL, compiling a record of 61–65–20–4.

Moving to the AHL, Hay coached the Utah Grizzlies from 2001 to 2004 before once again returning to the WHL to coach the Vancouver Giants, guiding them to a President's Cup title in 2006 and a Memorial Cup title in 2007. He was nominated once more for the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy in 2006,[2] but lost to Willie Desjardins of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

At the start of the 2006–07 season, his second with the Giants, Hay became the fourteenth head coach in WHL history to win 300 games.[3] Two seasons later, Hay became the ninth coach to win 400 games, defeating the Brandon Wheat Kings 4–3 on November 1, 2008.[4] He currently sits ninth overall on the all-time wins list.[5]

On July 25, 2008, Hay was inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, along with former NHLers Steve Yzerman and Cliff Ronning.[1] Leading the Giants to within 3 points of the Calgary Hitmen for their first WHL regular season title, he won his second Dunc McCallum Trophy for the 2008–09 season.[6] On August 26, 2010, he agreed to a multi-year extension that keeps him behind the Giants bench through 2015. And on May 27, 2011, Hay was named head coach of the 2012 Canadian World Junior Hockey Championship team. Hay had previously won gold at the tournament with the Canadians in 1995 in Red Deer, Alta. On April 28, 2013, he coached Canada's U-18 men's team to a Gold Medal against the United States, in Sochi, Russia.

On February 4, 2014, Hay became second in WHL coaching victories of all-time, with 604 regular season wins. Ken Hodge currently has the most wins with 742. Although Hay has the most wins amongst active coaches in the WHL.

Career statistics[edit]

Playing statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72 Kamloops Rockets BCJHL 46 10 24 34 43
1972–73 Kamloops Rockets BCJHL Incomplete
1972–73 Calgary Centennials WCHL 31 1 1 2 24
1973–74 New Westminster Bruins WCHL 68 19 46 65 174
1974–75 Lansing Lancers/Columbus Owls IHL 71 13 33 46 153 5 1 0 1 29
1975–76 Columbus Owls IHL 13 3 4 7 60
1975–76 Flint Generals IHL 56 9 21 30 138 2 0 0 0 0
1976–77 Philadelphia Firebirds NAHL 74 20 15 35 96 4 0 2 2 4
WCHL totals 99 20 47 67 198
IHL totals 140 25 58 83 491 7 1 0 1 29

Coaching statistics[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
PHX 1996–97 82 38 37 7 - 83 3rd in Central Lost in First round (ANA)
CGY 2000–01 68 23 28 13 4 (73) 4th in Northwest (Fired)
NHL Totals 150 61 65 20 4
Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
UTA 2001–02 80 40 29 6 5 91 3rd in West Lost in First round (HOU)
UTA 2002–03 80 37 34 4 5 83 5th in West Lost Preliminary (WBS)
UTA 2003–04 80 27 42 6 5 65 7th in West Missed Playoffs
AHL Totals 240 104 105 16 15
Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
KAM 1992–93 72 42 28 2 - 86 3rd in West Lost in Third round (POR)
KAM 1993–94 72 50 16 6 - 106 1st in West Won Memorial Cup (LAV)
KAM 1994–95 72 52 14 6 - 110 1st in West Won Memorial Cup (DET)
TC 1998–99 72 43 23 6 - 92 2nd in West Lost in Third round (KAM)
TC 1999–00 72 24 39 7 2 57 6th in West Lost in First round (SPK)
VAN 2004–05 72 34 30 - 4 76 3rd in B.C. Lost in Round one (KEL)
VAN 2005–06 72 47 19 - 6 100 1st in B.C. Won President's Cup (MJ)
VAN 2006–07 72 45 17 - 10 100 1st in B.C Won Memorial Cup (MH)
VAN 2007–08 72 49 15 - 8 106 1st in B.C. Lost in Second round (SPK)
VAN 2008–09 72 57 10 - 5 119 1st in B.C. Lost in Third round (KEL)
VAN 2009–10 72 41 25 - 6 88 1st in B.C. Lost in Third round (TC)
VAN 2010–11 72 35 32 - 5 75 2nd in B.C. Lost in First round (TC)
VAN 2011–12 72 40 26 - 2 86 2nd in B.C. Lost in First round (SPK)
VAN 2012–13 72 21 49 - 2 44 5th in B.C. Out of playoffs
VAN 2013–14 72 32 29 - 7 75 3rd in B.C. Lost in First round (Portland Winterhawks)
WHL Totals 1,080 612 372 27 57

Awards and achievements[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BC Hockey Hall of Fame inducts five". BC Hockey. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  2. ^ "WHL Announces 2005–06 Award Finalists and Conference All-Star Teams". Western Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-03-19. [dead link]
  3. ^ Watts, Jesse (2006). "Hay joins 300-win club". WHL.ca. Retrieved 2008-03-31. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Saturday's WHL Roundup". Western Hockey League. 2008-11-02. Retrieved 2008-11-02. [dead link]
  5. ^ "WHL's Dons near big mark". The Province. 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  6. ^ "WHL Announces 2008–09 Award Finalists". Western Hockey League. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-04-30. [dead link]
Preceded by
Pierre Page
Head coach of the Calgary Flames
1997–2000
Succeeded by
Greg Gilbert
Preceded by
Original Winnipeg Jets coaches
Terry Simpson
Head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes
1996-97
Succeeded by
Jim Schoenfeld