We are excited to welcome Amanda Pelkey to our coaching staff here at Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, BC. Pelkey has been named Okanagan Hockey Academy’s Skill Development Coach and Assistant Coach of our U18 Female Prep team, where she will work alongside Head Coach, Cassea Schols.
Amanda brings a vast amount of knowledge to today’s game through both her playing and coaching experience. Aspiring more females within hockey has been a goal of ours for decades, and we are thrilled for Pelkey to join us; fostering the growth our OHA Female Program.
“In an attempt to continue to rebuild our female program and re-establish OHA as a premiere program for young aspiring female hockey players to grow and develop, we are excited to add Amanda to our staff. Her decorated career and National team experience, only adds to our female coaching staff and the wealth of knowledge and playing/life experience that will be passed on to our female student-athletes. It is an exciting time for the OHA female program and we look forward to the positive impact this will have within our program.” GM – Scott May
At the start of her hockey career, Pelkey attended the North American Hockey Academy of the Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL) her junior and senior year in Stowe, Vermont. She went on to study at the University of Vermont where she was Team Captain from 2013-2015 and the all-time leader for points, assists and goals. As a member of USA Hockey’s U18 National team from 2008-2011, Pelkey was a two-time World Champion and Silver Medalist.
Pelkey has played on the Women’s National Team from 2011-2019, is a two-time World Champion, a 4 Nations Cup three-time Champion and a 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist.
In 2015, Pelkey began her coaching career as Assistant Coach of the Boston Shamrocks, JWHL U19. She then joined U18 USA National Team as an Evaluator from 2017-2019, before joining the East Coast Wizards, East Coast Hockey League (ECWHL) U19 as Assistant Coach from 2017-2018. From 2019-2020, Pelkey took a Head Coaching role with the North American Hockey Academy, JWHL U16.
In partnership with Kazakstan Hockey Federation, Pelkey volunteers her time as a Youth Leadership in Sport Ambassador.
In 2018 Amanda started her own business, AMP Hockey, offering hockey camps, lessons and mentorship to young hockey players in the USA.
Since her move to Penticton, BC, Amanda was appointed Penticton Minor Hockey Association’s Skill Development Director for the 2020-2021 season.
We are overjoyed that Amanda will be joining our team for the start of the 2021-2022 OHA season!
Playing at OHA was great. I had great billet families and made great relationships with people I still keep in touch with. It was a really good learning experience for me being away from home playing hockey, which set me up to go play junior.