About Okanagan Hockey Europe

Our Mission

TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT GIVES EVERY STUDENT-ATHLETE THE BEST POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE AND SURPASS INDIVIDUAL POTENTIAL THROUGH STRUCTURE, SUPPORT, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

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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 seven teams. In 2008, OHG expanded its operations to St Pölten, Austria, in 2012 to Swindon, England, and in 2015 to Edmonton, Alberta. OHA’s success can be seen in the long list of players who have moved on to play at the Junior A, Major Junior, University, Professional 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.

Executive Staff

Andy Oakes

PRESIDENT OHS/OHA

Andy is the President of Okanagan Hockey Group. His experience in Junior Hockey as a player and Scout give him an excellent background for developing hockey programs. As Director of the International Development Tournament and General Manager of the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, he is dedicated to helping students become better Hockey players and better people.

MARKUS HOUBEN

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Markus is the Managing Director of Okanagan Hockey Europe since its inception in 2018. He is responsible for strategic direction, financial performance, brand growth, company culture and the adherence to the mission and values. From his long-standing employment with a leading global IT provider, Markus brings a wealth of international experience in General Management, Management consulting and IT-Management. He has been a dedicated follower of Ice-Hockey since the IIHF world championship took place in Vienna in 1987. Markus holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

ALEX ANTONITSCH

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Alex is responsible for Public & Government Relations at Okanagan Hockey Europe. In the 1980’s and 1990’s Alex was a successful professional tennis player on the ATP-Tour, winning one singles tournament in Seoul in 1991 and five double tournaments. Between 1983 and 1996 he played 27 times for the Austrian Davis Cup-Team reaching the semi-finals in 1990. He is also a certified trainer for Interactive- Brain- Feedback, PcE and Hypnosis. Alex is currently tournament director of Kitzbühel’s ATP tournament and TV co-commentator and operating the premier European tennis web-portal tennisnet.com

OLY HICKS

Director, Okanagan Europe

Oly Hicks isDirector of Operations at Okanagan Hockey Europe. Raised in British Columbia, Canada, Hicks has been coaching in Europe for over 11 years and currently resides in Austria. From 2001 to 2008 Hicks served as coach and assistant athletic director at Manhattanville College (NCAA Division 3). An Italian/Canadian, he has spent time coaching in Austria, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. While coaching with the Vipiteno Broncos, he helped lead the club to two Italian Serie A2 Championships and a Coppa di Lega. Hicks has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Arts degree.

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