HEAD COACH – DON HAY
Don Hay is in his fourth season as the Head Coach of the Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club.
Hay is a Kamloops native who started his coaching career with his hometown Kamloops Blazers during the 1985-86 season as a part-time Assistant Coach under Ken Hitchcock. After seven seasons as an Assistant Coach under Hithcock and Tom Renney, ‘Hayzer’ took over as the Blazers Head Coach for three seasons from 1992-93 to 1994-95. In those three seasons, Hay led the Blazers to 2 West Division Titles, 2 WHL Championships and 2 Memorial Cups in 1994 and on home ice in 1995.
Following his success with the Blazers, Don went on to coach in the NHL which included Head Coaching stints in Phoenix, Anaheim and Calgary. He also spent four seasons as the Head Coach of the Utah Grizzlies in the American Hockey League.
Hay is one of the most successful coaches in CHL/WHL history. Entering the 2016-2017 season, he has 1,216 games as a WHL Head Coach, Don has a record of 675-442-99. He is 2nd all-time in wins with 675 and is 1st all-time in playoff wins at 106.
In Hay’s 17 seasons as a Head Coach in the WHL he has won 7 Division Championships, 4 Western Conference Championships, 3 WHL Championships and 3 Memorial Cups.
Hay has also had international success as he coached Canada to a Gold Medal at the 1995 World Junior Championships and to a Bronze Medal in 2012. He also coached Canada to a Gold Medal at the 2013 U-18 World Championships.
Hay is a two-time winner of the Dunc McCallum Trophy as the WHL Coach of the Year and has been inducted into the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame and the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame.