Head Coach/GM, Doug Johnson
Doug, a Saskatchewan native growing up in Bracken, played three seasons as a defenceman for the Nipawin Hawks between 1993 and 1996. He played his final year of junior hockey in the North American Hockey League as captain of the Billings Bulls. For the next six seasons he played professional hockey with teams in California, New York, Louisiana, and Texas.
He began his coaching career with the Billings Bulls in the 2004/05 Season, and became their Head Coach and General Manager the following season when he led them to a position in the playoffs. For the 2006/07 Season, he became the Assistant Coach, and eventually Head Coach of the Odessa Jackalopes in the Central Hockey League. He then accepted a position of Assistant Coach with the Omaha Lancers in the USHL.
As part of his coaching career, he also became involved with USA Hockey's player development program. He coached USA Hockey's player development camp for 17's in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and also assisted at the Rocky Mountain District layer Development Camp.
Doug returned to the Nipawin Hawks as the Head Coach in March 2010. He stated that knowing what the Hawks mean to Nipawin, knowing the rink, the fans, and the volunteers made the decision an easy one.
Since rejoining the Hawks, Doug has developed a contending team on the ice, and involving the team with the community, sponsors, and fans off the ice. With his excellent scouting organization, he has been able to bring committed, top-quality players to the Hawks. Doug has earned the respect of his peers, and was named Coach of the Year for the 2011-12 Season. Doug's commitment to the Hawks was emphasized in the Spring of 2012, when he signed a three-year contract.
Millar spent the past season as the Video Coach of the Tri-City Americans in the WHL. In addition, he has been spent many seasons as a Lead On ice Instructor for Hockey Canada.
Having a brief stint with the Calgary Canucks in the AJHL and the KIJHL. The Calgary native headed overseas, While playing Junior in Finland , Millar attended the Vierumaki Sports Institute of Finland where he studied to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport & Leisure Management with specialization in Ice Hockey coaching. While in Finland he was also the Assistant Coach of the Vierumaki A-Junior team and did work with the Finnish Ice Hockey Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation.
Emma joined the Hawks in August of 2013 after moving to Nipawin from her home town of Trenton, Ontario. Emma is a Certified Athletic Therapist who graduated from Sheridan College in Brampton, Ontario in 2010 with a Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences (Athletic Therapy). During her schooling Emma worked with two Bantam AA girl’s hockey teams and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology woman’s hockey team. In October of 2009 Emma joined the Cambridge Winter Hawks of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League where she stayed for four years leaving in May 2013. In her last season with the Winter Hawks Emma helped keep the team healthy to win their conference championship the Cherrey Cup and be the finalist for the Sutherland Cup Championship finishing 2nd overall in the league.
Connor Grieve started his Hawk's career at the ripe old age of 6 (2005). What started as fetching water bottles for the players has expanded into assisting the Trainer and fetching sticks, pucks, skates, and running messages for the Coaching Staff.
Joel Verklan began assisting with the Hawks in picking up pucks after warmups. Now, Joel assists Emma with practices, and any other items that need assistance.
Thank you to our young staff members!