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.
During my three years in Penticton, OHA was influential in my growth as a student, an athlete, and most importantly a person. Their overwhelming support made the city feel like home and the community feel like family. It was truly a first class experience, in an elite program that has prepared me for my time in university and any future endeavors."