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Published on Sep 24, 2014

The Okanagan Hockey Academy is pleased to congratulate Mike Needham on his appointment as an associate coach with the Western Hockey League’s Kamloops Blazers. Needham leaves the Okanagan Hockey Academy after spending the past three seasons with the…


Published on Sep 23, 2014

Two Okanagan Hockey Academy alums have been named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary “Ones to Watch” list. Ryan Gropp and Tyler Soy both found their names on the list, which grades players from “A” to “C”: Group A are first-round candidates for…


Published on Sep 23, 2014

Finding Chemistry with Your Linemates No matter the sport, having chemistry with your teammates is vitally important. In hockey, it’s particularly effective if you have solid chemistry with your linemates. Some lines from hockey’s past were so effec…


Published on Sep 18, 2014

Canada is pretty big, and no matter whether you’re a professional hockey player, or you’re working toward that goal, travelling is going to be a big part of your life. If you like travelling and being on the road, you’re probably relishing the oppor…


Published on Sep 13, 2014

Four players that used to call the Okanagan Hockey Academy home are off to NHL Rookie Camps this week. Curtis Lazar and Dennis Robertson will be looking to make an impact in hopes of sticking at the NHL level, while Joe Hicketts and Jackson Playfair…


Published on Sep 2, 2014

The Okanagan Hockey Academy is well-represented as the BC Female Under-18 roster is announced. The British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association released the roster for the BC Female Under-18 team that will take part in the 2015 Canada Winter Games st…


Published on Aug 29, 2014

  Okanagan Hockey Academy defenceman Scott Walford has signed with the Victoria Royals, the club announced Thursday. Walford inked a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement with the team that drafted him the first round, 18th overall, at th…


Published on Aug 28, 2014

A duo of Okanagan Hockey Academy alums put on a show at the 2014 Victoria Royals Intrasquad Game on Wednesday night. Tyler Soy, 17, and Matthew Campese, 16, both notched a hat-trick as Campese’s Team White took the game 6-5. Also playing in the gam…


Published on Aug 25, 2014

Okanagan Hockey Academy President Andy Oakes today announced that Heather Corliss has been named the OHA Director of Athletic Therapy and Medical Services. Corliss joins the OHA from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan, where she has serve…


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