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Don Phelps


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News & Announcements | Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum [cached]

Don Phelps - 2014 Inductee
And this year, he's being recognized for his ability to deliver it at a high level. Phelps is entering the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame on Friday afternoon in Red Deer. The long-time coach of the AJHL's Calgary Canucks is in awe at the names he's going in with - from the living to the ghosts of the past - and the 67-year-old admits it's quite an honour. "You look at all the people that are in there, and I almost have to stop and pinch myself and say, 'I'm joining a pretty prestigious club,' " Phelps said. Anyway you want to measure it, the true value of a human being is in what your peers think and say about you - and for Phelps, the list is long, indeed. Phelps says he's had people phone him and e-mail him with hearty congratulations for a 40-year job well done. As a matter a fact, a couple supporters came by his house just recently with a bouquet of flowers to give thanks for the time and effort he put in with their child - and for Phelps, that's what really counts. "I haven't done a head-count, but to me, that is the reward in itself," Phelps said. "I've had so many people (contact) me." Now Phelps' four-decade plus hockey career has to be encapsulated and distilled down to a consumable speech of a couple of fleeting minutes during his induction into the hall of fame. Is he ready for the moment? "They only gave me two minutes (to speak), so I've got to talk fast," Phelps said.

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On Tuesday night, AJHL President Craig Cripps and CJHL Chairman Kirk Lamb presented Calgary Canucks Coach Don Phelps with a Silver Puck in honour of his upcoming retirement.
Don Phelps first began his AJHL coaching career with the Drumheller Falcons in 1974. He is one of only three coaches to win a League Championship as both a player and a coach. Don Phelps has coached in over 1,500 regular season games throughout his career and leads all AJHL coaches in Games Coached and Wins. Several AJHL teams have paid tribute to Don Phelps at games throughout the season, including the Canmore Eagles, Drumheller Dragons and Grande Prairie Storm. The Alberta Junior Hockey League and Canadian Junior Hockey League are honoured to recognize Coach Don Phelps for his commitment to the athletes of the Alberta Junior Hockey League over the past four decades.

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The Calgary Canucks would like to officially announce the retirement of Don Phelps as Coach of the Canucks.
Phelps volunteered his time for 24 AJHL seasons with the Canucks, coaching over 1,400 games, winning over 775 games, 11 AJHL Championships, and the 1995 Centennial Cup as the Canadian National Champions. Former Canuck players, directors, parents and volunteers sincerely thank Don for his extraordinary efforts over the past 24 years and wish him all the best in the future. The Canucks will be honouring Don Phelps at their annual year-end banquet on April 30th at the Red and White Club at McMahon Stadium. In addition to celebrating the retirement of Phelps, the team will have former Flame and Stanley Cup winner Colin Patterson as the guest speaker.

It was midway through Don Phelps' almost-three-decade tenure as coach of the Calgary Canucks before he missed his first AJHL game.
And so, as time ticked away on one of the most prolific coaching careers in Canadian junior hockey history last Sunday, it was understandably hard for Phelps to be away from his team once again. This time, as his Canucks wrapped up a trying season with a game in Okotoks, Phelps staffed the Heritage Classic, where his duties as McMahon Stadium's assistant GM kept him from overseeing his team's final game of the year. "They won the game, which might tell us something," laughed Phelps, kidding as his last-placed club was actually unable to improve on an 18-37-5 record. Essentially the last in an era of volunteers in a league that employs the rest of its coaches and GMs, Phelps and the Canucks have found it increasingly hard to recruit and compete with programs run as full-time businesses with infinitely higher budgets. "The big thing is I recognize it's a full-time job," said Phelps, 64, a former AJHL player who started coaching in Drumheller in 1974 and has since taken a few years off to coach his son. Hoping to spend more time with family and training for marathons, Phelps also plans on mentoring young coaches. Phelps can be proud of helping players like Dany Heatley, Craig Adams and Ken Sutton along the way to the NHL, but he deserves much more kudos for helping hundreds of kids land scholarships or simply extend their hockey days without having to leave town. "I felt I had the responsibility to teach kids values and accountability, and one thing I can say is I never sacrificed my values in terms of how kids behaved," said Phelps, who stresses discipline above all else. "Sometimes, you can try as hard as you want and still not win so don't act like a jackass." The winningest coach in AJHL history, the self-deprecating Phelps is quick to point out he's "also the losingest." While Phelps and the Canucks have suffered through some leans years of late, the pinnacle of his coaching career undoubtedly came in 1995 when he guided a rag-tag crew of locals to an overtime win at the Centennial Cup. "That's where Abramoff made up for hitting me in the jaw by scoring the game-winner," laughed Phelps of an unlikely run that gripped the city, drawing scalpers to Max Bell Arena during the NHL lockout. "I was pretty touched, I've got to be honest," said Phelps, whose fiery nature has earned him plenty of detractors along the way. "Those things are priceless, because it's pretty easy to make enemies in the hockey fraternity." Friends, too. "Life without hockey - I've never experienced it," said Phelps, who has spent plenty of time reflecting of late.

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