About Okanagan Hockey Group
Okanagan Hockey Group was founded by Larry Lund in 1963 in Penticton, BC Canada. Over the years, Okanagan Hockey Group became an icon in the hockey camp industry and has grown today to be the longest operating hockey camp in the world. Over the 50 plus years, Okanagan Hockey Group has operated camps in Canada, United States, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, England, Scotland and Denmark. In this time period, the camp in Penticton has hosted players from over 30 different countries. The camp has had hundreds of former and existing NHL players attend over the years as players or as on ice instructors.
In 2002, Okanagan Hockey Academy was established as the first hockey specific sport school recognized by BC Hockey and Hockey Canada. OHA has been built on experience, knowledge, and passion for our game. OHA in Penticton started with one team and has now expanded to eight teams.
In 2008, OHG expanded its operations to St Polten, Austria and then in 2012 to Swindon, England in the UK. OHA’s success can be seen in the long list of players who have moved on to play at the WHL, Junior A, University and International levels. With the vast amount of knowledge and incredible network throughout our staff, our athletes have the inside track to move on to the next level.
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.
In 2015, OHG added its fourth Hockey Academy to the family by launching OHA Edmonton. Through a partnership with Royal Glenora Club, OHA Edmonton gives Albertan students the opportunity to train within their home province and continue to participate in a familiar education system. Athletes attend Vimy Ridge Academy, the educational home of OHA Edmonton, while they play, practice and train at the Royal Glenora Club— a state-of-the-art fitness facility that has been serving Edmontonians since 1961.