The Okanagan Hockey Academy is pleased to announce the addition of Jason Becker to the OHA coaching staff.
Becker, 40, has spent the last five seasons with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he has coached top-end players such as Brett Connolly, who was the sixth overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
“It’s very exciting to be joining an organization like OHA,” said Becker, who will be the Head Coach of the OHA Varsity team. “I had the opportunity as a young kid to be a participant in the hockey school and feel very fortunate to be part of the organization that was part of building my hockey career as a player. I look forward to working with the professional people that are involved with OHA, and am overall excited to get the opportunity to be a head coach and be the guy in charge.”
Becker has also coached on the international stage, serving as Head Coach of Team Pacific at the 2013 World Under-17 Challenge.
“We are thrilled to add Jason to our staff,” said OHA Senior Director of Hockey Operations, Blake Wesley. “Jason brings a variety of high quality characteristics that will be beneficial to the continued growth and development of our program. We are excited and looking forward to having Jason and his family join us.”
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Becker, a defenceman, played 267 games in the WHL with the Saskatoon Blades, Red Deer Rebels, Kamloops Blazers and Swift Current Broncos. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan product then spent five years at the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned a degree in Human Geography.
Upon completion of post-secondary school, Becker embarked on a nine-year professional career, which saw him spend six and a half seasons in Germany, one and a half seasons in the United Kingdom, and one season with the Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League.
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."