The Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) announced today that Okanagan Hockey Ontario has been approved by the Board of Governors as the CSSHL’s 22nd member and will begin league play in the 2019-20 season.
Located in Whitby, Ont. Okanagan Hockey Ontario’s primary focus is to promote the long-term development of each of their athletes in the classroom, on the ice, and in the community. Students will attend Henry Street High School.
“We are excited to have Okanagan Hockey Ontario as our 23rd League member,” said Kevin Goodwin, Chief Operating Officer of the CSSHL. “The Okanagan Hockey brand is well-known to us with two academies already league members in Penticton and Edmonton, so we have no doubt that Okanagan Hockey Ontario will be a good fit for us and will help us continue to grow our League in Eastern Canada.”
The 2018-19 season will mark the first season for Okanagan Hockey Ontario, which will field one team at the U18 AAA level.
“Being able to align ourselves with a league like the CSSHL is very exciting,” said Andy Oakes, President of the Okanagan Hockey Group. “The CSSHL has an outstanding history of developing not only good hockey players, but good people. We can’t wait to get going with some events this upcoming season and begin league play in 2019-20.”
Okanagan Hockey Ontario will take part in four-to-five CSSHL Eastern events this upcoming 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.