Okanagan Hockey Academy student athlete Kailee Skinner has signed her National Letter of Intent to attend and play NCAA hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Skinner, 16, has registered five points (1-4-5) in nine games this season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy Female Prep team. The Penticton, B.C. product collected 18 points (5-13-18) in 20 games during the 2016-17 season.
Skinner recently won a bronze medal with Team BC at the 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Championship.
The University of Minnesota-Duluth competes in the NCAA Division I Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). They are five-time NCAA Championships (2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010) and have appeared in 10 NCAA Tournaments since 2001.
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.