The Okanagan Hockey Group would like to wish best of luck to all 10 Okanagan Hockey student athletes that will be competing at the 2019 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships, which will be held May 6-12 in Whitehorse, Yukon.
More than 600 participants from across Canada are expected to take part in the annual event. The NAHC features 20 teams made up of elite female and male Aboriginal athletes aged 15 to 18.
The championship was founded by the Aboriginal Sports Circle and is sanctioned by Hockey Canada.
Okanagan Hockey student athletes participating:
Megan Baliski, Okanagan Hockey Academy
David Chisholm, Okanagan Hockey Ontario
Keaton Dowhaniuk, OHA Edmonton
Paige Beauregard, Okanagan Hockey Academy
Destiny Fiddler, Okanagan Hockey Academy
Dwayne Jean, OHA Edmonton
Tyson Laventure, OHA Edmonton
Zoe Leas, Okanagan Hockey Academy
Ty Sanford, Okanagan Hockey Academy
Charlotte Stanwood, Okanagan Hockey Academy
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to play at the Okanagan Hockey Academy on the Midget Prep team. With coaches like Robert Dirk and Greg Holst it was an unbelievable year. I have to this day still never been on such a close-knit team. It was my first year of midget hockey and that meant a lot more travel. Playing in the CSSHL I got the opportunity to play in some pretty awesome spots. The league helped me learn to stay on top of school, which has helped me not only in college but also in junior. I was able to make an easy jump to junior and college academically with the help of Dave Nackoney, a guidance counselor at Penticton Secondary School who works with all the student athletes. To this day if I need anything he is always more than willing to help. It is the great staff that left such an impression on me, and made it possible for me to be where I am today.