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Coaching Staff

Head Coach/GM, Doug Johnson

Joel Verklan

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.

Jeremy Blumes - Assistant Coach

The Nipawin Hawks are pleased to announce the hiring of Jeremy Blumes as Associate Coach for the next two seasons.

Blumes has been involved in hockey for over twenty years in a number of roles: Player, Coach (Junior A, B, Midget AAA, AA), General Manager, Scout, Mentor, Coach Coordinator, Board Member, Consultant, Web Developer, as well as Commissioner of the Calgary Summer Hockey League.  Blumes joins the Hawks after two seasons in Golden, BC (KIJHL) as Head Coach and General Manager having engineered a remarkable turnaround for that franchise.

Jeremy Blumes says: “I am thrilled to be joining a first-class organization in the Nipawin Hawks.  Working with Doug Johnson, a Head Coach, and General Manager that has a tremendous track record of player development and winning games in this great league is an excellent opportunity. I am eager to do my part in building a championship program that the Town of Nipawin, our members, partners, and fans will be proud of.”

“The Hawks are incredibly fortunate to have had many great applicants for our vacant coaching position. Throughout the process Jeremy stood out with his passion and commitment to the job. I’m looking forward to working with Jeremy and can’t wait to see him in Nipawin. This is an incredible hire for the Hawks and know Jeremy will make our players, organization and myself better” says Head Coach/GM, Doug Johnson.

Welcome to the Hawks family Jeremy!!

Athletic Therapist, Emma Galloway

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.

Joel Verklan - Practice Assistant

Joel attends most practices and provides encouragement and assistance wherever he is able. On Game Days he can be  seen gathering pucks and cheering the Team with all his might.