The Canalta Hotels Coach Of The Year is rookie bench boss Clayton Jardine of the Kindersley Klippers. The Lacombe AB native was hired by the Klippers in late May 2018 as the club’s new Coach/General Manager and he has proceeded to lead the team to the division lead for much of the season in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division.
Jardine, who will be 28 years old by the end of the season, spent time with the Klippers in 2015-16 as an assistant coach and then went for two years as the assistant at New England College (NCAA Div III).
Nipawin head coach Doug Johnson says Jardine, “Clayton’s team works hard and they are structurally sound. He has his guys playing hard and buying into a team first attitude.”
Estevan’s Chris Lewgood adds, “The Klippers are a team who are structured with a game plan that suits their personnel very well. It speaks to their coaching when, as an opposing coach, you can easily identify their X’s and O’s through video when pre-scouting and yet have challenges in competing against them.”
The Klippers go into the final few games of the season with a 35-15-3-and-2 record, good for second overall in the twelve team league.
Both the powerplay and penalty kill are ranked in the top half of the league with the Klippers scoring the second most goals with the man advantage.
Defensively, the Klippers have allowed the second fewest goals in the SJHL.
Congratulations to Clayton Jardine, the 2018-19 Canalta Hotels Coach Of The Year.