NOHA Trainer of the Year Award - Derrick Bates, Blind River


The NOHA Trainer of the Year Award recognizes outstanding dedication and service in the areas of Safety & Risk Management in the province of Ontario. The recipient of this award will exemplify commitment to the values of safety, enjoyment, Fair Play, education and integrity in the game of hockey.


The 2021 Recipient of the NOHA Trainer of the Year Award is Derrick Bates of Blind River, Ontario.


Derrick Bates worked 27 years as a front-line paramedic and has received a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal as well as an Exemplary Service Medal for over 25 years of service. As the trainer for the Blind River Beavers NOJHL team, he is beloved by his players and fellow staff. He is the glue that holds the team together.


Congratulations, Derrick, for winning the Trainer of the Year Award!



The 2021 NOHA Award Winners will be continue to be announced this week:


Wednesday, May 5th: Rick F. Albert Memorial Award

Thursday, May 6th: Ken Neeb Memorial Award

Friday, May 7th: Angus Campbell Merit Award

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