A hard-working North Bay & District Girls Hockey Association (NBDGHA) Ice Boltz coach has been recognized recently by Hockey Canada.
Kiara Jeffries, who coached U7 FUNdementals, and was the Ice Boltz U11 head coach was named as one of the Ontario winners.
"This year, Hockey Canada and BFL CANADA want to recognize a coach who has made a career out of coaching hockey through our new and redefined High Performance category," Hockey Canada stated in its release.
"This works with athletes above the age of 16 who compete at the U SPORTS, Canadian collegiate hockey and Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association levels."
The BFL Coach of the Year Awards recognize and honour coaches who exemplify the positive values of hockey and sport, for their successful and outstanding achievements in player development and the leadership of their players and teams.
“I am speechless and grateful to be named this year's Ontario community female coach of the year," said Jeffries.
"I would like to thank the NBDGHA for believing in me and allowing me to be part of their organization since moving to North Bay in 2017. I would also like to thank my former coaches in North Halton and the handful of coaches who took me under their wing for many Twister programs back in Georgetown prior to moving to North Bay for university."
Jeffries, who is also a vice president of the NBDGHA association, also wants to thank all the players and their families who she had the opportunity to work with over the past nine years.