Jason McKee Wins CJHL Coach of the Year Award

CALGARY, Alberta – Spruce Grove Saints Head Coach and General Manager Jason McKee of the Alberta Junior Hockey League is the 2013-2014 CJHL Coach of the Year.

The Spruce Grove Saints held a spot at the top of the AJHL Standings throughout the 2013-2014 regular season, and finished with the most points in the AJHL.  The Saints led the league with 235 goals for and a goal differential of +100 (Goals For / Goals Against).

The Spruce Grove Saints were ranked as #1 in the CJHL Top 20 Weekly Rankings multiple times throughout the final months of the regular season.  McKee’s Saints captured the 2013-2014 AJHL Championship then represented Alberta at the 2014 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup.

Jason McKee has held the position of Saints Head Coach and General Manager for the past four seasons, guiding the team to the AJHL final in 2011, 2013, and 2014 and capturing the League Title in 2011 and 2014 Jason McKee was the recipient of the 2013-2014 AJHL Coach of the Year Award as selected by his peers.  McKee was also a finalist for the Alberta Junior Hockey League Coach of the Year Award in 2012-2013

McKee made his second appearance with Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in November 2013.  McKee led Canada West to a bronze medal as Head Coach, following a silver medal performance as an Assistant Coach in 2012.    McKee was previously Head Coach of Team West at the 2011 CJHL Prospects Games.

Under McKee’s guidance, four members of the 2013-2014 Spruce Grove Saints were finalists for AJHL League Awards.  Four current players on the Saints roster have accepted NCAA scholarships for the 2014-2015 season and beyond. 

Congratulations to the Top Finalists for the 2014 CJHL Coach of the Year Award.
• Jamie Fiesel, Melville Millionaires, SJHL
• Ryan Smith, Selkirk Steelers, MJHL
• Bobby Henderson, Langley Rivermen, BCHL
• Jordan Smith, Soo Thunderbirds, NOJHL

The CJHL awards recognize individual success in the 10 Junior A leagues across Canada including, Most Valuable Player, Top Forward, Top Defenceman, Top Goaltender, Rookie of the Year, Top NHL Draft Prospect and Coach of the Year.

Each of the 10 leagues in the CJHL submitted a candidate for all of the League Awards. A representative from each Junior A league then ranked their top selections from among the 10 national nominees and the five nominees with the highest point total moved on as finalists to the final round of voting. The winners were then selected by a second and final point-based vote cast from all 10 league representatives.