I can confidently say the Okanagan Hockey Academy had an impact on me as a hockey player but more importantly as a person. OHA taught me to bring my best self in all aspects of life including as a student, player and community member. I learned many life skills during my time at OHA that I will take with me much longer than my playing career and that is the greatest gift the staff, coaches, billets and community gave to me. I strongly believe I am a more well-rounded individual because of my time at OHA. I hope any young hockey player with drive, determination and a passion to become a better player and person is able to have the chance to attend somewhere so amazing. For me OHA gave me the best balance of academics, athletics, family and social life. I am extremely grateful for my time at Okanagan Hockey Academy."
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.
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."
My time at OHA allowed me to further my development as a hockey player and person which ultimately prepared me for the next level. OHA taught me how to be a professional and truly gave me the experience of a lifetime."
My time at OHA provided me an opportunity to grow as a person and athlete. Without OHA I would not have had the opportunity to play post secondary hockey. The life skills I learned at OHA are skills that I will have with me forever."
Choosing the Okanagan Hockey Academy was one of the best decisions I have made for my development. The relationships I built with my teammates, coaches, and staff are bonds that will last a lifetime. The structure of the program on and off the ice prepared me to play junior hockey."
Initially we thought we thought choosing Okanagan Hockey Academy with Emily was the right decision because she would further her hockey career, but OHA did so much more than make her a better hockey player. While at OHA, Emily was surrounded by people with similar goals and mind sets as herself which allowed her to push her limits while having a second family to support her. The staff members went above and beyond to assist her in any way that they could. From van drivers taking her to school early or staying late so she could meet with teachers to academic advisors noticing she was homesick and needed a little extra support. Knowing the support system she had, as parents we were confident that she was in good hands and taken care of.
After her two years at the academy Emily truly became a woman that was fully prepared to attend post-secondary at the University of Wisconsin. She developed so many life skills while at OHA that she can take with her for the rest of her life including perseverance, integrity, the ability to work with anyone, advocate for herself, the importance of a good character and independence. The staff, coaches, billets and community is unmatched. We are so proud of the well-rounded-individual Emily is and believe the Okanagan Hockey Academy had a large role in helping shape her into who she is. We are grateful for our experience and hope that every young hockey player and their families are able to have a similar experience to ours."
At the end of grade nine, my parents and I decided it would be beneficial for both my hockey and scholastic development to attend OHA the next year. We toured other hockey academies, but ultimately felt OHA was the best fit for me. The coach’s and trainer’s expertise allowed me to learn more about the game, further develop my skills, strength and stamina and readied me to enter the WHL as a competent and confident 16 year old. With the support of great teachers and tutors my grades improved and I made friends that will last a lifetime. I highly recommend OHA for the player who is looking to take their game, grades and life skills to the next level.
My dream is to play hockey at the highest level. My three years at OHA were instrumental in helping me move forward on that path, teaching me what it takes to be a pro both on and off the ice."
My time at OHA was a wonderful experience, and the best three years of my life. I made lifelong friends and memories that will stay with me forever. OHA not only prepared me for university but for succeeding in everyday life."
Attending OHA has been the greatest experience of my life. It didn't only help establish myself as a better hockey player; but also helped me become a better individual. I wouldn't be heading down the path I am today if it wasn't for OHA."
My time with OHA not only shaped me into the person I am, but taught me the value of hard work, perseverance, loyalty, and friendship. Okanagan Hockey Academy has become my home and I value everything they have done for me."
I found Okanagan Hockey Academy to be one of the best experiences in my life. It prepared me to be the best junior hockey player I could be. The staff at OHA were committed to helping me improve and move on to the next level."
OHA provided me the perfect environment to grow as a person as well as a hockey player. Without OHA I would not have made it to the college level. OHA taught me everything I needed to grow and play at the next level. Without OHA, I would not have gone to Castleton University and obtained my BSc. Exercise Science."
Playing at OHA was great. I had great billet families and made great relationships with people I still keep in touch with. It was a really good learning experience for me being away from home playing hockey, which set me up to go play junior."
During my time at OHA I really grew as both a person and an athlete. I learned necessary life skills that I will continue to use throughout my life."
Going to OHA was one of the greatest decisions I have made for my hockey career. OHA prepared me for the next level. Skating, strength, speed, conditioning. I wouldn't be the player and person that I am today if I hadn’t chosen OHA."
During my three years in Penticton, OHA was influential in my growth as a student, an athlete, and most importantly a person. Their overwhelming support made the city feel like home and the community feel like family. It was truly a first class experience, in an elite program that has prepared me for my time in university and any future endeavors."
OHA helped shape the person I am today in an abundance of ways. The training regime and on-ice practice went a long way in helping me achieve my set goals in hockey, while making the jump to the next level attainable. Ultimately, it was the lessons I learned off the ice that have shaped me the most. From learning to balance school with hockey, to building character and unity with my team. All in all, OHA was the best decision to not only further my hockey career, but also to further myself as a person.
OHA gave me the opportunity to grow as a person and as a player. It taught me how to work hard and how to overcome adversity."
OHA provided the opportunity for myself to move out of the North and allowed me to develop friendships and connections that will be with me for the rest of my life."
Joining Okanagan Hockey Academy was the best decision I made to advance my hockey development. I grew as a person and as a player thanks to our amazing coaches. My education was held to a very high standard by our education advisor and tutors. I also met people who will be lifelong friends."
Discipline and Teamwork: These two foundations were essential to my success in the Marine Corps. The Academy taught me skills that help me outside of hockey that I was able to incorporate into my success as a Marine."
My time at OHA was instrumental to moving my career forward. With the guidance at OHA I was able to learn time management between education and athletics. That allowed me to be successful in junior, college, and professional hockey."
The Okanagan Hockey Academy instilled core values such as hard work and perseverance into my daily life, which have allowed me to successfully pursue a degree in biomedical studies and biochemistry at UNBC."
I look back at OHA and smile. The whole experience helped and continues to progress my life for the better."
Okanagan Hockey Academy taught me the value of teamwork, honesty, and hard work. I was encouraged to follow my dreams and set the bar high. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to be part of an elite program with a great school and amazing role models."
The Okanagan Hockey Academy provided me with the tools to succeed both on and off the ice. As a direct result I was able to reach personal goals educationally as well as with my hockey career."
OHA taught me life skills that have helped me get to where I am and will continue to help me throughout my life."
At OHA, I had an opportunity to play with some of best players in the country and had coaches that pushed me to be my best, positioning me to play for the Penticton Vees and now the University of Denver.
Playing at OHA was an amazing opportunity. It gives you the chance to train like a pro everyday to develop your game. Playing in a great league, along with the on and off ice training gives you the upper hand on other competition. I am thankful to have had the chance to play there.
The Okanagan Hockey Academy was truly life changing for me over my three years attending. I grew on the ice, learning new skills, and with all their resources I was able to become the hockey player I am today. More importantly, I grew as a person off the ice too. OHA gave me the fundamentals to becoming a good person and I can't thank them enough for that. Without OHA, I would have never been able to fulfill my dream of playing in the WHL. They are one of the main keys in my succession and for that I am grateful for them."
My time at OHA was a very enjoyable, positive experience. The OHA offered professional coaching both on and off the ice in a fun but demanding environment. I would recommend it for anyone who is serious about the game."
OHA was amazing for the development of my hockey career; the skills you learn allow you to excel when you move on to the next level."
My time at OHA taught me what it means to be an elite athlete both on and off the ice. It is a big reason I am the player, I am today."
OHA helped instill the moral standards I have and helped me become the person I am today."
OHA taught me discipline and character."
My time at OHA provided me an opportunity to grow as a person and athlete. Without OHA I would not have had the opportunity to play post secondary hockey. The life skills I learned at OHA are skills that I will have with me forever.