Alan Pang Memorial Coach of the Year Award (Unionville Minor Hockey Association)

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The Alan Pang Memorial Coach of the Year Award

On December 26, 2012, the Markham community lost one of its long time coaches and volunteers, Alan Pang.  

Alan coached with the Unionville Minor Hockey Association, the Markham Stouffville Stars and the Markham Minor Hockey Association (now Markham Waxer House League) for many years and selflessly gave of his time and effort as a dedicated volunteer. He shared his knowledge and technical ability with the players on his teams with a calmness and enthusiasm that showed his desire to teach the players all he could so that they could succeed both as hockey players and as individuals.

In order to keep Alan's memory alive, the UMHA created the Alan Pang Memorial Coach of the Year Award in April, 2013.  

Every year this award is presented to a UMHA Coach that exemplifies Alan's selfless dedication to his players, passion for the game and an all-round commitment to player development.

Past Recipients Include:

2012-2013 - Roy Long
2013-2014 - David Patterson
2014-2015 - Glenn Koch
2015-2016 - Rob Chipun
2016-2017 - James Johnston

If you know of someone that you would like to nominate to receive the Alan Pang Memorial Coach of the Year Award, please complete this ONLINE APPLICATION FORM and submit it to the UMHA by March 31st of the calendar year.  Upon receiving the application, the UMHA will contact the supporter of the nomination by email acknowledging that the nomination has been received.    Each nomination will be reviewed by the UMHA Board of Directors.

The individual who nominated the successful coach will be contacted no later than 1 week before the UMHA's Annual General Meeting.

The winning applicant will be asked to attend the UMHA's Annual General Meeting in order to receive his/her award.


In order to be awarded the Alan Pang Memorial Coach of the Year Award, the coach:
  • Must be nominated by someone affiliated with the UMHA (parent, player or volunteer, etc);
  • Must be a current UMHA coach for one of our house league teams;
  • Must have coached within our organization for a minimum of 3 years.

If you have any questions regarding this award please contact the UMHA by email or by phone @ 905-477-9707.

The 2016-2017 Alan Pang Memorial Coach of the Year Award Winner - JAMES JOHNSTON


Presentation of the Alan Pang Memorial Coach of the Year – James Johnston

The UMHA has many wonderful coaches and it takes a very special coach to be awarded the Coach of the Year award and live up to the high ideals that were set by Alan Pang.   This year that coach is James Johnston.  

For as long as his sons have been playing hockey, James has been behind the bench.  Since he started in 2010, he has been, primarily, a Head Coach in both House League and in Select. This means that he has coached four teams a season. And he still found time to play hockey himself! It is safe to say hockey runs through his veins. We are so glad he chose to spend his coaching career with the UMHA.

This season James agreed to temporarily step in to coach a Midget-Juvenile team with the hopes that a permanent coach could be found.  As it turned out, it became a life/season sentence! James never gave up on this assignment – while he may have been short on bench staff, he committed to the team’s improvement and coached with integrity and dedication. James was able to motivate his team so that they would give their all every week.  Never missing a game himself, his passion and dedication exceeded all expectations. 

Volunteers are not paid; Not because they are worthless but because they are priceless. As such, it is our honour to present the UMHA 2016/17 Alan Pang Coach of the Year award to James Johnston!

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