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Jun. 1, 2020

Hockey Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Chris MacKinnon is the recipient of the 2020 Jacques Comeau Coach of the Year Award.

Truro’s Chris MacKinnon is a passionate hockey fan who has been involved in the game for decades as both a player and a coach. He first began coaching back in 2011 with the Truro and Area Minor Hockey Association and since that time, he has helped out at every level from U7 to U13.

Chris MacKinnon loves hockey and is beloved by his players who know him as a supportive and compassionate coach.

This past season, however, Chris wasn’t able to be involved with his team in the way he would have liked. That's because in September 2019, he was diagnosed with Glioblastoma.

During the early stages of his diagnosis and treatment, Chris was unable to be on the ice with his U13 A team in Truro. However, despite his surgeries and treatment, he remained very involved in the local minor hockey community. He was a near constant prescence at the rink as he watched his children and cheered them on.

By the end of the hockey season, Chris was able to return to the ice to help coach his children's teams.

As his treatments continue, the Truro Minor Hockey Association community has come together to support Chris and his family in the same way that Chris has treated his players: with love and care.

For everything he has done for the game and his players, Hockey Nova Scotia is proud to present Chris MacKinnon with the 2020 Jacques Comeau Coach of the Year Award.

The Jacques Comeau Coach of the Year Award is presented annually in memory of Jacques Comeau who passed away in 2014. Jacques was a longtime coach and volunteer with the Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey Association who always exhibited those qualities of dedication, respect and fair play while behind the bench.

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