The Okanagan Hockey Group (OHG) is pleased to announce that Penticton City Council has voted unanimously in favour of a long-term agreement between OHG, the City of Penticton and Spectra Venue Management.
The new agreement is for 10 years with an option for an additional 10 years and includes office lease, gym lease, ice agreements for the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC), Okanagan Hockey Training Centre (OHTC) and Memorial Arena.
“This a long-term commitment of keeping OHG headquarters based in Penticton, which allows us to continue to grow our business within the community,” said OHG President Andy Oakes. "This is not only a commitment from OHG to the community, but also from the City of Penticton to OHG as we work together, along with Spectra, in a true partnership."
Founded in 1963, OHG became an icon in the hockey camp industry and has grown today to be the longest operating hockey camp in the world. Headquartered in Penticton, OHG currently has offices in Edmonton, Alberta, Whitby, Ontario, Swindon, England and St. Polten, Austria.
"OHG is an international company, with over 50 years in business, headquartered right here in Penticton,” said City of Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “Their operations contribute greatly to our community. This lease renewal ensures the continuance of non-prime time ice being utilized by OHG hockey academy students. This allows growth for their business while equally benefiting the economic activities their operations bring to the city.”
“This complex is extremely fortunate to have such solid business partners and two first-rate tenants in the Penticton Vees and Okanagan Hockey Group. We are lucky to have the City of Penticton securing long term agreements that enhance our partnerships and the community,” said Dean Clarke, SOEC General Manager and RVP Spectra Venue Management. “This is just the beginning of great programs like this. We are looking forward to the future with OHG and investing in programming that we feel can last a decade.”
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."