of Okanagan Hockey Group is coming from Penticton, BC to Denver, Colorado. January 23rd
What is Okanagan Hockey?
In 2002, Okanagan Hockey Academy was established as the first hockey specific sport school recognized by BC Hockey and Hockey Canada. Okanagan Hockey Academy originally started with one team and has since grown to 17 teams across 5 locations including: Penticton, British Columbia - Edmonton, Alberta - Whitby, Ontario - St. Polten, Austria and Swindon, England.
In 2014 OHG and the WHL partnered to establish the WHL Combines. WHL Combines is a specially designed on and off ice testing system, that allows athletes to establish baseline results and then continue testing against the baseline. Players as well as parents have found the combines to be extremely helpful to the athlete, as results can then be used to make adjustments to one’s own training and development, as well as be compared to other athletes within the database.
Okanagan Hockey programs continue to thrive and grow because of their unique values and commitment to creating a positive hockey culture and developing quality people. Okanagan strives to promote the long-term development of each of their athletes in the classroom, on the ice, and in the community. Putting young, motivated people in a structured environment, surrounded by a world class staff and support system, allows Okanagan to deliver a consistent message and value system that they feel is imperative to the long term development of students.
OHA is built on experience, knowledge, passion for the game, and above all, OHA is built on each individual’s mark left behind as they move on to achieve their goals. The commitment to excellence in all areas is what makes the Okanagan Hockey Academy a tremendous opportunity for any young and aspiring hockey player.
Who is Dixon Ward?
Vice President and Director
Dixon joined Okanagan Hockey Group after a distinguished hockey career. As an amateur, he played four seasons of college hockey at the University of North Dakota where he was the only player in the school’s history to score 100 goals and 100 assists. Dixon finished his collegiate career as the fourth all-time leading scorer at UND. After graduating with a degree in Journalism in 1992, Dixon played 12 years of professional hockey, including 599 NHL games. He was an integral player on the 1999 Stanley Cup finalist Buffalo Sabres team.
In the AHL, Dixon led the Rochester Americans to the 1996 Calder Cup Championship and was awarded the Jack Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP. Dixon completed his pro career by playing two seasons in Switzerland’s Elite League. During this time, he captained Team Canada to the 2003 Spengler Cup Championship in Davos.
Dixon joined Okanagan Hockey in 2005 where he is Vice President and Director.