Okanagan Hockey Group Vice-President Dixon Ward today announced that Jared Wynia has joined the Okanagan Hockey Academy as an Assistant Coach.
Wynia, 27, joins OHA after spending the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach with the Calgary Mustangs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
“We are excited to have Jared join our staff,” said Ward. “His passion for the game and ambition to develop young athletes is a great fit with OHA.”
Prior to coaching, Wynia played one season of professional hockey in Germany with EHC Timmendorfer Strand after a four-year career as a student athlete at SUNY-Fredonia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Wynia was named to the SUNYAC All-Academic team each season spent in NCAA III, as well as the recipient of the 2012 SUNYAC Rookie of the Year award.
“I am very pleased to be joining the Okanagan Hockey Academy,” said Wynia. “Hockey has been a huge passion of mine my entire life and to be able to come on board with this organization is an amazing opportunity. I can't wait to get started working alongside this incredible staff.”
The Calgary, Alta. product played four seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Canmore Eagles, Camrose Kodiaks and Calgary Canucks, accumulating 129 points (65-64-129) in 202 games.
Wynia has been a head on-ice instructor for Okanagan Hockey Camps since 2008.
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."