Late Humboldt Broncos coach Darcy Haugan was named the first-ever recipient of the Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas Wednesday night.

The honor is presented to the individual who, through the game of hockey, has positively impacted his or her community, culture, or society.

Haugan, who was 42 and in his third year coaching the team, died in the bus crash that claimed the lives of 16 Broncos players and staff members in April.

"Haugan left a lasting impact in Humboldt, Sask., as well as every other community that was fortunate enough to have him as a resident or involved in junior hockey," the NHL wrote in a release. "He changed the lives of many of his players, always being there for each one of them and never hesitating to give them a second chance. He fought for his team and had their backs. He was the coach and mentor everybody wanted.

Prior to the award being handed out, a touching video played with four players telling their story of surviving and playing for coach Haugan. Which was followed by ten of the 13 survivors reuniting on stage for the fist time since the accident. It was a moving scene for fans, players and the entire hockey community.