The Okanagan Hockey Group (OHG) today announced part of the coaching staff for the 2017 Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) Prospects Summer Development Camp.
Former NHL forward Stu Barnes, along with former NHL draft pick Mike Egener have been named two of the four head coaches of the camp, which runs July 2-7 in Penticton, B.C.
“The OHA Prospects development camp is a unique camp that combines the key areas of the development process: testing, skill and team progression, as well as competition,” said Dixon Ward, vice-president and director of OHA. “The camp allows us to integrate these key areas on a daily basis which will allow all participants the opportunity to learn the key ingredients to continued development and success within the game. We have taken our OHA philosophy and packaged into a week long experience to give the athletes a clear vision on the game and off-season development, both on and off the ice.”
Barnes, 46, spent 16 seasons playing in the NHL appearing in 1136 regular season games while collecting 597 points (261-336-597). The Spruce Grove, Alta. product was originally drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round, fourth overall, at the 1989 NHL Draft. Barnes was an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars from 2008-2011 and is now the head coach of the OHA Midget Prep White team.
“Athletes that attend this camp are given a great opportunity to take advantage of the tremendous resources we offer here at OHA,” said Barnes, who will work with the Midget group. “Getting a chance to get some insight from experienced coaches and staff into the preparation techniques used at higher levels, as well as the education on and off the ice, can help athletes advance their game forward to new heights. I’m looking forward to an exciting week of hockey and lots of fun along the way.”
Egener, 32, was the Tampa Bay Lightning’s second round, 34th overall, selection at the 2003 NHL Draft. After a four-year career with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen, the 6-foot-4 defenceman went on to play 11 years professionally in the AHL, ECHL and Europe. The former assistant coach at Mount Royal University is currently the head coach of the OHA Midget Varsity team.
“I am excited for the opportunity to coach at this exciting camp we offer,” said Egener, who will oversee the Bantam group. “The OHA Prospects Summer Development Camp will expose athletes to a professionally run, high-tempo camp, that will ultimately be focused on expanding each athlete’s development. Participants will be placed in a challenging albeit supportive environment, backed by OHA’s knowledgeable coaches. Participants will be able to leave camp with a better understanding of what, why, and how they will need to improve, to get to the next level.”
For more information or to register for this camp, please visit the OHA Prospects Summer Development Camp page.
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