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.
May was at the Delta Hockey Academy from 2013 to 2019 as the Director of Hockey Operations and previously the Director of Business Operations, as well as the Head Coach of their Female Prep team during the 2018-19 season and their Midget Prep team from 2013-2018. Prior to his time at Delta, May played eight seasons of professional hockey in the AHL, ECHL and Europe. He was selected in the seventh round, 222nd overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2002 NHL Draft. The White Rock, B.C. product played four seasons of NCAA hockey at the Ohio State University, where he graduated with a degree in Business Operations Management.
Needham was the assistant coach of the WHL's Kamloops Blazers from 2014-2018, as well as their skills coach since 2011. Needham played 225 games with the Blazers as a player from 1987 to 1990, before moving onto the professional ranks where he appeared in 100 games in the National Hockey League. Needham played 95 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, which included capturing the 1992 Stanley Cup, before playing five games with the Dallas Stars.
McLaughlin has spent over 20 years in BC Hockey High Performance program and has been involved with Okanagan Hockey for over 30 years. McLaughlin is a Certified Power Skating instructor that has a client list that includes Duncan Keith of Chicago Blackhawks.
O'Rourke has an extensive background coaching in the Okanagan area. After two seasons with the Okanagan Hockey Academy from 2011-2013, O'Rourke went on to coach the Okanagan Rockets to a BC Championship and bronze medal at the 2014 Telus Cup. He also won the 2010 BC Midget AAA Provincial Championship as head coach with Kelowna Minor Hockey.
A former student athlete and team captain at the NCAA level with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Bedard is a former assistant coach with the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders and BCHL's Penticton Vees. He was the head coach of Team Pacific at the 2006 World Under-17 Challenge and the head coach of Team BC at the 2007 Canada Winter Games.
Dirk played nine seasons in the NHL with the Blues, Canucks, Blackhawks, Ducks and Canadiens. He played his junior hockey with the WHL's Regina Pats and was the 53rd overall selection at the 1984 NHL Draft. Dirk is a former head coach at the ECHL, WCHL and UHL level, and also served as the head coach of Team Pacific at the 2010 World Under-17 Challenge.
Wynia is a former student athlete at SUNY-Fredonia, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Wynia was named to the SUNYAC All-Academic team each season spent in NCAA III, as well as the recipient of the 2012 SUNYAC Rookie of the Year award. Prior to college, he played four seasons in the AJHL with the Eagles, Kodiaks and Canucks. Wynia was the assistant coach for the AJHL's Calgary Mustangs during the 2016-17 season.
A longtime Okanagan Hockey Camps instructor, Noble is a former student athlete at Michigan Tech where he posted 123 points in 156 career NCAA games as a defenceman. After a 10-year professional playing career in Europe, Noble went on to win a pair of Allan Cup championships.
Egener is a former assistant coach with the Mount Royal University Men's Hockey team. Prior to coaching, he enjoyed an 11-year professional hockey career in the AHL, ECHL and Europe. Egener was drafted 34th overall by the Lightning at the 2003 NHL Draft after a 246-game career with the WHL's Calgary Hitmen.
McKinnon is a former head coach of the BCHL's Trail Smoke Eaters and AJHL's Sherwood Park Crusaders. He has 20 years of experience with BC Hockey's High Performance Program, including the position of head coach of both the Team BC U16 and U17 teams from 2001-2004.
Hughes was the Head Coach and General Manager of the BCHL's Alberni Valley Bulldogs from 2017 to 2019. Prior to his time with the Bulldogs, the Fort St. John, B.C. product spent eight seasons in Junior A hockey as a Head Coach, Associate Coach, and General Manager in the BCHL, AJHL and NAHL. He also was part of the Team Canada U17 coaching staff on two occasions.
Pacina has been the Skills Coach for the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Portland Winterhawks since 2009 and was a Skills Coach at the NHL level since 2001, working with the New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins. During the 2017-18 season, Pacina was named the CWHL Coach of the Year after leading the Calgary Inferno to a 17-7-4 record. He also spent seven seasons with the Calgary Oval X-Treme, leading them to a pair of NWHL championships and three WWHL championships.
Campbell is a former Canadian National Team member having won a silver medal at the 2015 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championship in Sweden. She twice represented Canada at the Women’s World Under-18 Championship, winning a silver medal in 2009 and a gold medal in 2010, where she was also named the tournament MVP. The Rocanville, Sask. product was a student athlete at Cornell University from 2010-2014 where she recorded 100 points (46-54-100) in 131 games. After graduating with a 3.83 GPA and a Bachelor of Science, Campbell turned pro and played three seasons in the CWHL with the Calgary Inferno, winning the Clarkson Cup in 2016, while also being named the 2017 CWHL Humanitarian of the Year.
MacMillan is an OHA graduate having attended the program in Penticton from 2011 to 2016. After graduating from Penticton Secondary School, MacMillan attended and played NCAA hockey at the University of North Dakota during the 2016-17 season, tallying six points (1-5-6) in 36 games as a true freshman. She would then go on to attend and play USports hockey at the University of Ottawa.
Love is currently the Director of Goaltending, Scouting and Development with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks. He is a former goaltending consultant with the NHL's St. Louis Blues and is a partner in World Pro Goaltending. Love played four seasons in the WHL with the Warriors, Cougars and Blades.
Harrison is a three-time BC Power Lifting champion and a certified Can-Fit personal trainer and a Twist Conditioning certified trainer.
Perrin completed her Bachelor of Science majoring in Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge and her Advanced Certificate of Athletic Therapy at Mount Royal College. After becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist, Perrin worked in a variety of sports including CIS Rugby, Junior and Provincial Lacrosse, Judo and Hockey. Perrin started working full time hockey in 2009 and has since been a team therapist in a number of leagues and programs including the JWHL, KIJHL, CSSHL, Team Alberta and Hockey Canada. Joining Hockey Canada in 2010, Perrin has worked at every level with the Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team, most recently serving as Team Therapist for the 2018 Olympic Team that won silver in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Perrin joined the Okanagan Hockey Academy in 2014 as the Manager of Athletic Therapy and Medical Services.
Connolly is an emergency physician at Penticton Regional Hospital. He was the recipient of the Resident Research Award in 2003 and the Alice Grant Memorial Award in Family Medicine in June 2002. Connolly obtained his Doctor of Medicine with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan.
Ashwell graduated from Camosun College with a Bachelors Degree of Athletic and Exercise Therapy in 2015. While completing her studies she worked two seasons as a Student Athletic Therapist with the Saanich Braves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. After graduating she spent two seasons in the AJHL with the Olds Grizzlies as their Athletic Therapist and Equipment Manager. Ashwell has also served as an Athletic Therapist at events such as the BC Hockey U15 and U16 Male High Performance Program, the BC Hockey U18 Female High Performance Invitational Camp, 2016 Alberta Cup, and the 2017 Hockey Alberta Peewee Prospects Camp. Ashwell joined OHA in August 2017.
Pond is a former student-athlete at Minot State University where he played hockey and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Pond was an Academic All-American and 2013 ACHA Div. 1 National Champion. Pond is a Certified Athletic Trainer in the United States, Certified Athletic Therapist in Canada, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and is also certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment.
Lau obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and continued his studies at Camosun College where he received a Degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy. While completing his degrees, Lau worked USports Basketball for UBCO and UVIC, as well as PACWest Volleyball for Camosun College. Lau completed his Certification as an Athletic Therapist in 2018 and joined OHA in October of 2018.
Being a part of the Okanagan Hockey Academy has been an extremely rewarding and unforgettable experience. It has enabled me to gain confidence and acquire life long skills expanding beyond the game of hockey. The balance between academics and athletics is superb, allowing you to achieve your ultimate success. The academy assisted me in achieving my dream of playing hockey at the NCAA level while studying Pre-Medicine. Without this caring support group, none of this would have been possible and I am forever grateful.