The Saint John Sea Dogs have announced that former Okanagan Hockey Academy coach Josh Dixon has been named the Head Coach of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League franchise.
Dixon, 34, was the head coach of the Okanagan Hockey Academy Midget Varsity Black team during the 2010-11 season.
After his tenure with OHA, Dixon went on to spend three seasons as an assistant coach with the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats and one season as associate coach with the Swift Current Broncos.
“Josh’s experience with players at various levels of hockey – and at key stages of development – fits extremely well with our group,” said Trevor Georgie, President and General Manager of the Sea Dogs. “This is an important time for us as we assemble a new core of our team.”
Prior to joining OHA, Dixon was an assistant coach at the collegiate level for eight seasons with Mount Royal University, University of Calgary and Carleton University.
The Oakville, Ont. product was also an assistant coach with Team Canada at the 2013 and 2014 World Under-17 Challenge, and was the head coach of Team Sasktachewan at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to play at the Okanagan Hockey Academy on the Midget Prep team. With coaches like Robert Dirk and Greg Holst it was an unbelievable year. I have to this day still never been on such a close-knit team. It was my first year of midget hockey and that meant a lot more travel. Playing in the CSSHL I got the opportunity to play in some pretty awesome spots. The league helped me learn to stay on top of school, which has helped me not only in college but also in junior. I was able to make an easy jump to junior and college academically with the help of Dave Nackoney, a guidance counselor at Penticton Secondary School who works with all the student athletes. To this day if I need anything he is always more than willing to help. It is the great staff that left such an impression on me, and made it possible for me to be where I am today.