Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Canalta Hotels Coach of the Year – Brayden Klimosko

Second year bench boss Brayden Klimosko, of the Battlefords North Stars, has been named a co-winner for Canalta Hotels Coach of the Year by his peers.

Klimosko led the Stars to a 35-13-5-and-5 record last year and then took the team to the Canalta Cup title. He followed that up with a 44-9-and-2 ledger in 2019-20 as of Monday, February 24th.

How Klimosko gets his team ready each and every night hasn’t gone unnoticed by Yorkton coach Mat Hehr. “His teams are always very well prepared. He also does a great job at adjusting in-game to counteract what other teams do. They always are extremely hard working and he pushes them to work as a team playing a 200 foot game for the full 60 minutes.”

Estevan’s Chris Lewgood is especially impressed with Klimosko, saying that, “He’s honest with his players all the time and that’s not always the popular way to be. Yet, he seems to have a group that loves playing for him. His humility is evident and yet he approaches every aspect of the job with a great deal of earned confidence. He trusts his players and allows them to make mistakes while teaching the right way to do things at the same time. This really helps his players meet their potential and grow.”

Flin Flon’s Mike Reagan suggests, “I think his experience as a player and learning how to win with the Broncos has helped transition him into coaching. He’s passionate and really cares about his players.”

The 32-year-old native of Humboldt is looking to guide the Stars to their second straight SJHL championship, beginning early next month (March) when the quarter-finals begin and the Stars are the top seed.