Okanagan Hockey Ontario (OHO) General Manager Paul Pascuzzi announced today that Brad Tapper has been named the Head Coach of the OHO U18 Prep team.
In a corresponding move, former Head Coach Mike Duco will now move into a Skills Development role with all five Okanagan Hockey Group locations, including serving as the head Skills Development Coach with Okanagan Hockey Ontario.
“I would like to thank Mike for his passion and commitment to our program during the first two years of operations,” said Pascuzzi. “I look forward to staying connected and having Mike focusing on skills development for the Okanagan Hockey Group. At the same time, I am excited to have Brad as our new Head Coach for the 2020-2021 season. I look forward to our student athletes returning to the ice under his guidance and leadership.”
Tapper joined OHO in March of 2019 after nine seasons of coaching professionally, including roles with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Rochester Americans and Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
As a player, the Whitby, Ont. product spent nine years playing professional hockey, including 71 games in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers and 132 games in the AHL where he won a Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves in 2002. Prior to turning pro, Tapper was a second team All-American student athlete at Rensselaer Polytech Institute (RPI) from 1997 to 2000, registering 116 points (65-51-116) in 106 games.
ABOUT OKANAGAN HOCKEY ONTARIO
Located in Whitby, Ont., Okanagan Hockey Ontario is a Hockey Canada Accredited School and proud member of the Ontario Hockey Federation, Ontario Minor Hockey Association and the Canadian Sport School Hockey League. Our primary focus is to promote the long-term development of each of our student athletes in the classroom, on the ice, and in the community. All students attend Henry Street High School, while the strength and conditioning component of the program is executed in partnership with Elite Training Systems. On-ice training takes place at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre.
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