An Acknowledgment

Trevor Stienburg

Entering his fifteenth season behind the bench for the Saint Mary’s Huskies Trevor Stienburg has become the Huskies longest serving coach, surpassing Bob Boucher who was head coach of the Huskies for thirteen seasons from 1967-80. During this past season Trevor has been selected by his coaching peers as the 2010-11 winner of the Bob Boucher Trophy as the AUS coach of the year. This is Stienburg’s third AUS coach of the year award.

Stienburg and former Huskies’ head coach Bob Boucher are the only SMU hockey head coaches to win the Father George Kehoe Memorial Award as the CIS coach of the year. Boucher was named the nation’s top coach in 1972-73 as well as 1976-77 and Steinburg in 1998-99 and again in 1999-2000.

Since taking over the Saint Mary’s University hockey program in 1997-98, Trevor has led the Huskies to three AUS crowns 2001-02, 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Stienburg has also demonstrated his coaching prowess at the International level. In 2001, Trevor led Team Canada to a Silver Medal at the 2001 World University Games in Poland, in August and December 2003 served as Guest Coach at the Team Canada Junior Development Camps in preparation for the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. His crowning international achievement to date is the Gold Medal performance of Team Canada at the 2007 World University Games in Torino, Italy. Trevor is now the winningest Canadian hockey coach in the history of these Games. One commentator noted that while these credentials speak for themselves, “Stienburg’s true pedigree lies in his remarkable ability to command the utmost respect from his players while at the same time being a true player’s coach. Coach Stienburg infuses his intense passion for the game resulting in the trademark grittiness, discipline, and fierce competitiveness of the Huskies Hockey program.”

In addition to these accolades the single greatest accomplishment for Coach Stienburg was winning Saint Mary’s first Hockey national Championship in 2009-2010, a feat that eluded Bob Boucher and his Huskies for so many ‘heart-breaking’ years. At the first Bob Boucher Hockey Assistance Fund gathering last September, Trevor presented a Huskies CIS National Championship Ring with the name Bob Boucher to the university to honour the legacy established by Coach Boucher. The ring will be placed in the trophy case at SMU.

Well known hockey coach Pat Quinn noted that “Bob was instrumental in setting up our National Coaches Accreditation System, through his writings on the game and the development of the ‘coaches’ level system. He has influenced the thinking of hockey across Canada, but yet, while always the consummate teacher, passing on his knowledge, he was always the student, hungry to know more of the game and those who played it”.

In 2010-11Stienburg recorded his 200th career regular season win. His regular season coaching record now stands at 212-154-22 and is on the verge of eclipsing Bouchers total wins record. Bob Boucher during the 1960’s and 70’s would compile a record of 231 wins 33 losses and 4 ties. Certainly anyone that knew Bob Boucher would know exactly how pleased he would be to see his total wins record surpassed by Trevor Stienburg and the current Husky team.

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