PEACE RIVER, A.B. – A statue and plaque has been erected in honour of a former North Peace Navigators head coach.

Unveiled to the left of the main entrance to the Baytex Energy Centre, on Saturday afternoon, the statue is of former Navigators head coach Darcy Haugan who was one of 16 players and personnel with the Humboldt Broncos that died in a bus crash on April 6, 2018.

Haugan was honoured in September 2018 during a Fort St. John Huskies home game against the North Peace Navigators as a tribute to the former coach, as some of his family resided in Fort St. John.

Haugan was the Head Coach and GM of the Northwestern Junior Hockey League from 2002-2015 and led the organization to five league titles before moving onto the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Haugan’s parents, Leroy and Shirley, along with his widow, Christina, and two sons, Carson and Jackson were on hand to pull back the cover and reveal the statue of their son, husband, and father.