OWEN SOUND -- The OHL posthumously gave the Bill Long award to longtime coach Bert Templeton last night for his distinguished service to the league.
Templeton, the second-winningest coach in Canadian Hockey League history, died Dec. 5, 2003, after a battle with cancer. He was 63.
The award was accepted prior to last night's all-star game by his wife Sandi.
The executive council gives the award when it's appropriate and Templeton is the 12th recipient since it was established in 1989.
Templeton began his coaching career in 1974 with the Hamilton Fincups. He also coached in Niagara Falls, North Bay, Barrie and Sudbury, ending his 26-year career in the spring of 2003 with a 907-680-148 record.
He won two OHL championships and one Memorial Cup.
The OHL award was named after former London Knights coach and general manager Bill Long to commemorate his contributions to the OHL.
Long's career spanned three decades with the Niagara Falls Flyers, Ottawa 67's and the Knights.
He and his wife Dorothy reside in London.