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Published on Nov 20, 2014

Self-Confidence: An Important Tool for any Hockey Player Whether you’re public speaking or playing hockey, strong self-confidence will help you give a better performance. High self-confidence will always give you an extra few percent in everything y…


Published on Nov 17, 2014

Three players from the Okanagan Hockey Academy UK have made the final cut for the Great Britain U20 squad that will play at the World Championship in Tallinn, Estonia in December. Glenn Billings, Tom Rutkis and Michael Stratford have all made the fi…


Published on Nov 12, 2014

For Okanagan Hockey Academy alum Joe Hicketts, the past two nights gave him an opportunity to showcase his skills in hopes of getting invited to the Canadian World Junior Team camp in December. It’s safe to say that he passed with flying colours. T…


Published on Nov 10, 2014

What is it really about? Hockey, Life Skills and Having Fun! After spending a week travelling, training, playing and bonding in Europe, it gets you thinking about a lot things. Firstly, and the most important factor, is how far our players have pro…


Published on Nov 8, 2014

Okanagan Hockey Academy alum Emily Clark and the Canadian National Women’s Team will go for gold at the 4 Nations Cup after defeating Finland 3-1 on Friday night in Kamloops, BC. Haley Irwin, Rebecca Johnston and Jennifer Wakefield provided the offe…


Published on Nov 8, 2014

Okanagan Hockey Academy alum Beck Malenstyn forced a turnover and setup the overtime-winner as Team Canada Black ended the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge on a positive note, winning 3-2 over Slovakia on Friday afternoon. Malenstyn picked off an attem…


Published on Nov 7, 2014

Okanagan Hockey Academy alum Beck Malenstyn and Team Canada Black will not be playing for a medal at the 2014 Under-17 Challenge as they fell 4-1 to the United States in a quarterfinal matchup on Thursday. The United States held leads of 2-0 after 2…


Published on Nov 6, 2014

Okanagan Hockey Academy alum Ryan Gropp has been ranked 26th on the latest International Scouting Services (ISS) rankings. Gropp, 18, is the fifth Western Hockey League (WHL) player ranked on the list, which forecasts the top 30 players available fo…


Published on Nov 6, 2014

Okanagan Hockey Academy alum Emily Clark and the Canadian National Women’s Team remain unbeaten at the 2014 4 Nations Cup in Kamloops, BC after a thrilling 3-2 win over the United States on Wednesday night. Trailing 2-1 late in the third period, Can…


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