Thursday, January 10, 2019
Don Hay (Kamloops, BC) played in the BC Junior Hockey League for the Kamloops Rockets and played in the West Coast Hockey League with the New Westminster Bruins. Don was drafted into the National Hockey League (NHL), but never played a game.
Don’s success in hockey came after he retired as a player. He worked two (2) seasons as a scout for the Western Hockey League (WHL) Regina Pats, before being hired by his hometown Kamloops Blazers. Don spent six (6) seasons as an assistant coach in Kamloops, before becoming the head coach in 1992. Don Hay and the Kamloops Blazers won the Memorial Cup twice in 1994 and 1995.
After 1995, he moved on to have a couple different NHL, American Hockey League and WHL coaching jobs, before settling back into a position in 2004 with the Vancouver Giants. Don coach ed in Vancouver until 2014, when he then headed back to Kamloops to once again become the head coach of the Blazers. Hay retired in 2018 and became an adviser for the Blazers.[
Don Hay recently became the winningest coach in WHL history, and was inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.