No athlete is a finished project, and no player is built in a day. At OHA, our coaches bring an unparalleled level of expertise to their coaching duties each day. Their tremendous experience as both players and coaches at the Major Junior, College, and Professional levels allows them to build the student athlete in an incremental manner, focusing on the small details that separate elite players from the rest – both on the ice, and off. 

Each athlete brings a unique skillset to the rink, and our coaches work to develop that particular player within the team concept. OHA’s coaches also share an incredible passion not only for player development, but for personal development as well.

andy-oakes-crop.gifAndy Oakes

Andy is actively involved in the development of hockey players and programs throughout Canada and Internationally. Andy is a co-founder of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL), which started in 2009, and is the current Chairman of the Board for the League. Andy was named the BCHL Executive of the year in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 for his role as President and Governor of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

During his years with Okanagan Hockey Group Andy co-founded the International Development Tournament as well as the year round programs, Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) in Penticton, B.C., Okanagan Hockey Europe (OHE) in St. Polten, Austria and Okanagan Hockey UK (OHUK) in Swindon England.

dixon-ward-crop.gifDixon Ward
Vice President

Dixon joined Okanagan Hockey Group after a distinguished hockey career. As an amateur, he played four seasons of college hockey at the University of North Dakota where he was the only player in the school’s history to score 100 goals and 100 assists. Dixon finished his collegiate career as the fourth all-time leading scorer at UND. After graduation in 1992, Dixon played 12 years of professional hockey, including 599 NHL games. He was an integral player on the 1999 Stanley Cup finalist Buffalo Sabres team.

In the AHL, Dixon led the Rochester Americans to the 1996 Calder Cup Championship and was awarded the Jack Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP. Dixon completed his pro career by playing two seasons in Switzerland’s Elite League. During this time, he captained Team Canada to the 2003 Spengler Cup Championship in Davos.

robert-dirk-crop.gifRobert Dirk
Manager of Hockey Operations
Head Coach, Midget Prep Red 

  • 441-game NHL career
  • WHL Second All-Star Team in 1986
  • Head Coach of Team Pacific at the 2011 World Under-17 Challenge
  • Former Professional Head Coach in UHL, WCHL and ECHL

rob-mclaughlin-crop.gifRob McLaughlin
Associate Director of Hockey Operations
Head Skating Instructor

  • Over 20 years in BC Hockey High Performance program
  • Over 30 years involvement with Okanagan Hockey
  • Certified Power Skating instructor
  • Clients include Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks

blake-wesley-crop.gifBlake Wesley
Manager of Hockey Operations, Camps/Combines
Assistant Coach

  • 317-game NHL career with Philadelphia, Hartford, Quebec and Toronto
  • 22nd overall pick by the Philidelphia Flyers in 1979
  • Former Assistant Coach with the Tri-City Americans and Portland Winterhawks
  • 1979 WHL Second All-Star Team selection

jim-fetter-crop.gifJim Fetter
Head Coach, Female Prep

  • Eight seasons as Head Coach of Wayne State University (NCAA) Women's Hockey Team
  • Former Assistant Coach with St. Cloud State University (NCAA) Women's Hockey Team
  • Head Coach of the Canadian National Women's Under-18 team in 2013

craig-bedard-crop.gifCraig Bedard
Head Coach, Elite 15's

  • Former Assistant Coach with the Penticton Vees and Prince Albert Raiders
  • Head Coach of Team Pacific at the 2006 World Under-17 Challenge
  • Head Coach of Team BC at the 2007 Canada Winter Games
  • Former student-athlete at University of Alaska-Fairbanks

mike-egener-crop.gifMike Egener 
Head Coach, Bantam Prep

  • Previously assistant coach with Mount Royal University (CIS)
  • 11-year pro hockey career in AHL, ECHL and Europe
  • Drafted in 2nd round by the Tampa Bay Lightning at 2003 NHL Draft
  • Played 246 WHL games with the Calgary Hitmen

christina-sharun-crop.gifChristina Sharun 
Head Coach, Female Varsity

  • Six seasons coaching in BC Hockey High Performance Program
  • Assistant Coach of BC Women's U18 Team at 2015 Canada Winter Games
  • Played at Yale University from 2003-2007 earning All-Academic ECACHL honours
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and History, as well as teacher certification

mack-orourke-crop-1.jpgMack O'Rourke 
Head Coach, Midget Varsity

  • Long-time Coach in the Okanagan Area 
  • Head Coach of 2014 Telus Cup bronze medalists 
  • Head Coach of 2010 Midget AAA Provincial Champions
  • OHA Midget Varsity Head Coach 2012-13

dennis-mckinnon-crop.gifDennis McKinnon
Head Coach, Bantam Varsity

  • Former head coach of BCHL's Trail Smoke Eaters
  • Former head coach of AJHL's Sherwood Park Crusaders
  • 19 years of exeperience with BC Hockey's High Performance program
  • Head coach of Team BC U16 and U17 teams from 2001-2004

shera-fetter-crop.gifShera Fetter 
Assistant Coach, Female Prep/Varsity

  • Former Assistant Coach with St. Cloud State University (NCAA)
  • Former Head Coach with Stevenson University (NCAA)
  • Four-year letter winner with Minnesota State University (NCAA)
  • Tallied 48 points in 136 career NCAA games

Love_cropped.jpgTyler Love
Goaltending Coach

  • Goaltending Coach for Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
  • Formerly Goaltending Consultant with St. Louis Blues (NHL)
  • Four-year WHL playing career 
  • Partner in World Pro Goaltending

blaine-harrison-crop.gifBlaine Harrison
Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Three-time BC power lifting champion
  • Certified Can-Fit personal trainer
  • Twist Conditioning certified trainer

Dr_Connolly_Crop.jpgTrevor Connolly
Team Physician 

  • Emergency Physician at Penticton Regional Hospital 
  • Awarded the Resident Research Award in March 2003
  • Awarded the Alice Grant Memorial Award in Family Medicine in June 2002
  • Obtained Doctor of Medicine with Great Distinction from the U. of Saskatchewan

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