Dan Wildfong named Central Hockey League Coach of the Year Fort Worth Brahmas bench boss honored by peers

Dan Wildfong

Dan Wildfong

GLENDALE, Ariz. The Central Hockey League announced today that Fort Worth Brahmas Head Coach Kevin Dan Wildfong has been selected as the recipient of the 2012-13 Central Hockey League Coach of the Year award following balloting among all CHL head coaches.

The Coach of the Year award is ‘presented annually to the Central Hockey League coach adjudged to have contributed most to his team’s success.’

Through numerous hurdles, roster moves and injuries, Wildfong has guided his team to a remarkable season sitting with a 36-20-8 record and a place in the hunt for the overall points lead in the conference.

“Since stepping off the ice in 2007 to take the Head Coaching position with the Brahmas, Dan has demonstrated his strengths as the leader on the bench, just like he did on the ice as a player,” CHL Commissioner Duane Lewis said. “This award is always a special honor as it is voted upon by only his peers, showing the great respect they have for the job Dan does day-in and day-out coaching his team. On behalf of the entire CHL, we would like to congratulate Dan on winning the CHL Coach of the Year honors this season.”

The former CHL player is in his sixth season as a head coach, all with the Brahmas, has a 217-135-36 record (including this season). In 2009, Wildfong guided the Brahmas to the Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup Championship.

In this year’s voting, Wildfong appeared on all nine ballots he was eligible (coaches were not permitted to vote for themselves) and earned seven first place votes and two second place votes for a total of 41 points. First place votes earned five points, second place votes earned three points and third place votes earned one point. Coming in second place with 22 points was Quad City’s Terry Ruskowski and finishing third with 14 points was last year’s winner, Wichita’s Kevin McClelland.

CHL Coach of the Year Balloting

Coach1st Place Votes2nd Place Votes3rd Place VotesTotal Points
Wildfong, FTW

7

2

0

41

Ruskowski, QDC

2

3

3

22

McClelland, WIC

1

2

3

14

During his CHL career as a player, Wildfong played in 488 games (all with the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs) where he helped them win titles in 2000 and 2001. He finished his career with 192 goals, 302 assists and is second all-time in the CHL with 1,970 penalty minutes. During his eight professional seasons, the Clinton, Ontario native was always a plus player collectively posting a CHL career +185 plus/minus rating.

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