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Published on Dec 16, 2014

OKANAGAN HOCKEY's DEFENCEMAN CAMP PROVIDES PLAYERS, AGED 11-17, THE OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE THE DEFENSIVE SIDE OF THEIR GAME BY TEACHING PLAYER’S SKILLS AND TACTICS REQUIRED TO BECOME BETTER AT THE POSITION. “The camp is designed to work on the skill…


Published on Dec 10, 2014

The Western Hockey League and Okanagan Hockey Group announced today that Darrell May has been named the Director of Recruitment, Combines. “I look forward to growing the WHL Combines into a useful tool for young hockey players to gauge their skills,…


Published on Dec 10, 2014

Whether you’re a young up and comer or a professional hockey player, visualization can be an effective technique for self-improvement and delivering strong performances. Visualization is basically imagining your game play, forming a mental view of h…


Published on Dec 5, 2014

The Okanagan Hockey Academy will be well-represented at the 2015 Canada Winter Games as six Female Prep players have been named to their respective provincial teams. Goaltender Morgan Skinner, defencemen Micah Hart and Olivia Knowles, along with for…


Published on Dec 2, 2014

Nine Okanagan Hockey Academy players will suit up for the Team BC Under-16 squad at the upcoming 2015 Canada Winter Games. The nine players named to the roster from OHA is by far the most of any team, as no other program will send more than two. Go…


Published on Dec 1, 2014

Okanagan Hockey Academy alum Joe Hicketts has been invited to the Canadian National Junior Team Selection Camp, which gets underway December 11 in Toronto, Ontario. Hicketts, 18, is having a tremendous season with the Victoria Royals in the Western …


Published on Nov 24, 2014

With mixed emotions, the Okanagan Hockey Group has announced that long-time employee Michael O’Rafferty has decided to pursue a new job opportunity and will be leaving Okanagan Hockey effective November 24. O’Rafferty, who has been with Okanagan Hoc…


Published on Nov 20, 2014

Three members of the Okanagan Hockey Academy alumni family have been listed on the latest NHL Central Scouting Rankings. Ryan Gropp, Deven Sideroff and Tyler Soy were all listed in the November edition of the rankings.   Central Scouting gives pla…


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…


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