June 15th, 2024

Prince George bench boss edges out Desjardins for WHL coach of the year

By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on May 2, 2024.

Mark Lamb, bench boss for the Prince George Cougars was named the WHL's 2023-24 Coach of the Year leading the Cougars to their best franchise regular season with a 49-15-1-3 record.--IMAGE SUPPLIED BY WHL


Tiger’s head coach Willie Desjardins was among four nominees for the WHL’s Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy presented to the league’s top bench boss of the season and voted upon by WHL general managers and members of the media.

Despite his nomination, the league announced Wednesday that Prince George Cougars head coach Mark Lamb was the recipient of the WHL Coach of the Year for the 2023-24 season.

During his fifth season behind the bench Lamb led the Cougars to a 49-15-1-3 record, which would result in the franchise’s best season since moving to Prince George 30 years ago.

“I’m very honoured to receive the Dunc McCallum Coach of the Year Award,” Lamb said in a press release. “It’s totally a team award. It just means that you have a really good team, a lot of good players and you have a great coaching staff.”

The Cougars also finished the regular season as the second-highest scoring team in the WHL with 316 goals while allowing the second-fewest goals against with 187.

They were also the league’s strongest road team with a road record of 24-8-0-2, and ranked second in power play and penalty kill efficiency.

During the season three Cougars broke the 100-point mark including Zac Funk, Riley Heidt and rookie of the year nominee Terik Parascak.

Tigers Gavin McKenna is nominated for rookie of the year and Shame Smith has been nominated for humanitarian of year. Desjardins won coach of the year honours with the Tigers back in 2006.

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1 month ago

Sloppy reporting…..failed to mention that LAMB played for the Tigers for 3 years.