The Okanagan Hockey Group is pleased to announce that Paul Pascuzzi has been named the Business and Operations Manager for Okanagan Hockey Ontario.
Pascuzzi, 31, will be working on the operational side of Okanagan Hockey Ontario, including organizing camps, combines and assisting with the academy program.
“We are excited to have someone with Paul’s diverse background join our staff in Whitby,” said Andy Oakes, President of the Okanagan Hockey Group. “With Paul being a local guy with a keen eye for detail, we feel he will benefit our program in many ways going forward.”
The Whitby, Ont. product has spent the past seven years working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in various roles, including ABA services at Donald A. Wilson Secondary School and providing social skills training to those in need.
“I am very thrilled to be joining the Okanagan Hockey Group,” said Pascuzzi. “With the history they have in Western Canada, to have them now in my hometown of Whitby is exciting and I am looking forward to helping them grow.”
Pascuzzi has been a head coach at the minor hockey level since 2010, most recently with the Clarington Midget AAA team from 2016-2018 after spending two seasons with the Whitby Midget AAA team. He was also the head of coach and player development for the 2017-2018 season.
Prior to coaching, the Whitby, Ont. product spent three seasons playing in the Ontario Junior Hockey League with the Oshawa Legionnaires and Durham Fury, followed by one season at the collegiate level with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).
The Okanagan Hockey Ontario U18 AAA Evaluation Camp will be held May 11-13 at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby. To register, or for more information, visit okanaganhockeyontario.com.
Being a part of the Okanagan Hockey Academy has been an extremely rewarding and unforgettable experience. It has enabled me to gain confidence and acquire life long skills expanding beyond the game of hockey. The balance between academics and athletics is superb, allowing you to achieve your ultimate success. The academy assisted me in achieving my dream of playing hockey at the NCAA level while studying Pre-Medicine. Without this caring support group, none of this would have been possible and I am forever grateful.