Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Coach Scott Barney is advancing to the next stage of his career.

After six seasons at the helm of the Humboldt Broncos, Head Coach and GM, Scott Barney is advancing to the next stage of his career, as the Head Coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Sudbury Wolves.

Barney began his Humboldt Broncos’ journey as the Assistant Coach following the Broncos bus tragedy, then was promoted to Interim Head Coach following a coaching change midway though the 2018-19 season. He went on to lead the Broncos to a 14-6-1 record to finish the season, after which then Interim tag was lifted.

Since then, Barney has led the Broncos to six straight playoff appearances, two division titles, and is regarded as one of the top coaches throughout the Canadian Junior Hockey landscape in both performance and in developing players to post secondary commitments.

“When I took on this role, I knew coming in it would be a challenge, not only from a hockey perspective, but from a community that was in mourning. I quickly found out that this community is solidified in its strength, overcoming nature, and commitment to each other, and we wanted a team that would reflect that and give that same effort back, said Barney.”

Over the past six years there has been expected changes in almost every aspect of the organization. Changes that have included turnover of board members, countless new players, personnel and staff, and even new jersey designs and bleacher seats; one thing that remained constant was Barney and his unwavering criteria of what it took to be a Bronco.

“The Humboldt Broncos’ organization are blessed to have had Scott and his entire family as a part of our Bronco’ family and the community of Humboldt. His passion for the Broncos is undeniable, not only bringing a competitive team every year, but showing so much loyalty to the organization. There are not enough words to thank Scott on his time and dedication towards the team, and we wish him nothing but the absolute best on his and his families next journey,” said Broncos President, Amanda Schlachter.

The Broncos were a powerful herd under Barney’s tenure, with an overall 169-71-15 record. Even more so, his knowledge for the game and ability to extract the best out of his players labeled him highly regarded in development with upwards of 40 players securing post secondary commitments, including 12 to the NCAA Div I level.

“It’s been an honour working with all of the amazing players that have came through the Broncos’ dressing room door. It’s my privilege to develop, mentor and move them on to the next level of hockey and life, but they give back to me too. I know I’ve learned and can attribute a ton of who I am as a coach because of them,” said Barney.

Barney and his family will return to their home province of Ontario. But nothing can take away the ‘Green and Gold’ of Humboldt that has been embedded in their hearts.

“Thank-you to everyone. There is so many people that have been instrumental in my time here who has been a part of the team in any capacity, or a part of the community cheering on the Broncos. The Broncos past, present, and future will always have a special place in mine and my families’ hearts.”

Coach Barney has attained a remarkable status in the hearts of the Bronco’s, as his achievements define what a coach truly is; never determined by the wins or losses, but instead to lead with integrity, leaving a positive legacy in the hearts of the Humboldt hockey community.

The Bronco organization wish Barney and his family the utmost success and best wishes in their future endeavors.