PENTICTON, B.C. – Okanagan Hockey Group (OHG) Vice-President Blair Noel announced today that George Cochrane has been named the Okanagan Hockey Combines Manager.
“We are excited to have someone with George’s background join our staff,” said Noel. “George will be a big asset to OHG, assisting Jason Wild, our Manager of Combines Operations, to grow the Combines Division globally.”
Cochrane joins OHG from BC Hockey where he was the Manager of Programs at their Okanagan Regional Centre. Prior to that, he was the Head Coach of the Kamloops Minor Hockey Association from 2006-2017.
“I am extremely excited to join OHG and work with an outstanding group of people,” said Cochrane, who has been the Chairperson of the Kamloops Coaches Conference since 2007. “It’s an excellent organization and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of it.”
From 2007-2012, Cochrane was a teacher at the Brocklehurst Middle/Secondary School Hockey Skills Program, where he was responsible for teaching hockey skills class, before moving to Valleyview Secondary School from 2012-2017, where he was responsible for coordinating their Hockey Canada Skills Academy and teaching class to Grade 8-11 students.
Cochrane has an extensive coaching and management background dating back to 1986. He spent 14 seasons at the Junior A level as a General Manager, Head Coach, Assistant General Manager or Assistant Coach, as well as four seasons at the Junior B level as a Head Coach.
Since 2014, between the WHL Prospect Skills Combines and the other Combine initiatives, Okanagan Hockey has tested over 25,000 players.
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."