Welcome to the Okanagan Hockey blog.
My name is Dixon Ward and I am the vice-president of the Okanagan Hockey Group. Growing up in Leduc, AB as a son of school teachers, I developed a passion for hockey at a very young age. I also developed an appreciation for education as it was a very important part of our household.
I played all of my minor hockey in Alberta and went on to play Junior A in Red Deer before attending the University of North Dakota on a hockey scholarship. I was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks and after four years of University, where I obtained a degree in Journalism, I began my professional career. I was extremely fortunate to have a 12-year career as a professional and accumulated a tremendous amount of experiences along the way and played with, against and for some of the greatest people in the history of our game.
Upon retirement, I was afforded the opportunity to join Okanagan Hockey Group and spend my time coaching, teaching, and developing student athletes. Over the past 15 years, I have learned so much about the game, the kids, the process, and the families involved in hockey, that I wanted the ability to share some of this experience with as many people as possible. It is not easy to navigate the world of hockey and it can be a very confusing process for families of young players. It can also be the best of experiences if there is an understanding of what is truly important, and what is valuable to the pursuit of Human Performance for all of our kids.
I am excited to get started in communicating with all of you and making sure that Okanagan Hockey provides all of you with the information that you can trust. We will be covering a wide range of topics on our weekly blog.
If you have topics you would like to see covered, we would love to hear from you. Send me your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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."