Okanagan Hockey Group (OHG) Vice-President Dixon Ward announced today that Alyssa MacMillan has been named the Assistant Coach with the Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) Female Varsity team.
MacMillan, 21, is an OHA graduate having attended the program in Penticton from 2011 to 2016.
“We are very excited to have Alyssa returning to our program in a coaching capacity,” said Ward. “She was a model student athlete during her playing days with us and was a leader both on and off the ice. Her experience, not only within our program, but as well as at the collegiate level will help her guide and lend support to our current female students.”
After graduating from Penticton Secondary School, MacMillan attended and played NCAA hockey at the University of North Dakota during the 2016-17 season, tallying six points (1-5-6) in 36 games as a true freshman. She would then go on to attend and play USports hockey at the University of Ottawa.
MacMillan most recently played professionally in the Swedish Women’s Hockey League with Göteborg HC, where she amassed 11 points (7-4-11) in 30 games.
MacMillan’s brothers, Mark and Mitch, are also OHA alumni.
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.