Okanagan Hockey Group President Andy Oakes announced today the appointment of Dixon Ward as the Vice President of Hockey for Okanagan Hockey Group.
Dixon has been Vice President with Okanagan Hockey Group in multiple roles since 2005 which gives him a clear understanding of all of the hockey products that OHG has to offer. Most importantly, Dixon has a deep understanding of today’s youth and what is required to best develop young hockey players.
This appointment is to bring standardization and consistency to the Okanagan Hockey Group’s hockey products that are delivered globally through our five locations in Austria, England, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
Through this new role, Dixon will be working with all the divisions on their hockey products and through collaboration, research, and resources, will develop OHG’s exclusive hockey platform.
Dixon’s background as a player having played almost 600 NHL games and another 200 plus games in multiple Pro leagues in North America and Switzerland along with being a two time member of Team Canada, has given him the experience to learn and develop in multiple hockey organizations that can assist in his new role with OHG.
As an organization with a philosophy of continuous improvement, we are focused on the details of our hockey operations to ensure we are providing today’s athletes with the most progressive approach to hockey development available.
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to play at the Okanagan Hockey Academy on the Midget Prep team. With coaches like Robert Dirk and Greg Holst it was an unbelievable year. I have to this day still never been on such a close-knit team. It was my first year of midget hockey and that meant a lot more travel. Playing in the CSSHL I got the opportunity to play in some pretty awesome spots. The league helped me learn to stay on top of school, which has helped me not only in college but also in junior. I was able to make an easy jump to junior and college academically with the help of Dave Nackoney, a guidance counselor at Penticton Secondary School who works with all the student athletes. To this day if I need anything he is always more than willing to help. It is the great staff that left such an impression on me, and made it possible for me to be where I am today.