THE ACADEMY

OUR FOCUS

Our primary focus is to promote human performance and the long-term development of each of our athletes in the classroom, on the ice, and in the community

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Andy Oakes

President
Okanagan Hockey Group

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Markus Houben

Managing Director
Okanagan Hockey Europe

Dear hockey players worldwide,

 

We’d like to take this opportunity to personally invite you to attend the Okanagan Hockey Academy located in St. Pölten, Austria. The Okanagan Hockey Academy’s flagship, located in Penticton, Canada, is one of the premier private hockey programs worldwide. The partnership with the Sportzentrum Niederösterreich and the Lower Austria International School has helped us bring our professional experience, in the classroom and on the ice to Europe. The program developed by our Hockey Academy is designed to help student-athletes develop academically and athletically. The goal of our program is to ensure students develop into positive citizens in their community and to help them reach their goals on the ice. The experiences you will gain from our program will stay with you for the rest of your life.

 

Thank you for considering the Okanagan Hockey Academy, see you on the ice.

 

CAMPUS

Okanagan Hockey Europe is located on Austria's premier multisport campus

QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE CAMPUS

  • State of the art facilities

  • Hockey rink open 11 months a year

  • Private locker rooms for each team during the season

  • Fully supervised dormitories

  • Skills Center (shooting, puck skills)

  • 2 Complete weight rooms for strength training

  • Outdoor running track and multiple fields

  • Running, biking paths, and beach volleyball court

  • Easy bus access to the city center and the train station

  • Surrounded by green space and two lakes and is a short walk to the shopping center.

 

HOCKEY PROGRAM

Our program provides various opportunities based on player's age, size and skill level

PROGRAM FEATURES

  • North American Style

  • Professional coaching staff with extensive experience

  • 4 Teams U16-U20

  • Multiple Leagues

  • up to 35+ games per team

  • Ice times September - June

  • 5+ ice times per week on average

  • Weekly skills and skating development sessions

  • Professional Strength program and coaches

  • Nutrition and Lifestyle Guidance

  • In-Season and Off-Season Training Programs

  • Game video analysis

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STRENGTH & CONDITIONING PROGRAM

Year-Long Periodized Strength & Conditioning program to reach specific goals of each phase of the calendar

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Mark Fitzgerald
Mgr. of S&C & Human Performance OHG

“In working with many NHLers and athletes around the world, we know what it takes to design and deliver a Strength & Conditioning Program for Hockey Players. It is designed  by Okanagan Hockey Group worldwide and delivered by local experts."

3 PHASES:

  1. In-Season

  2. Off-Season

  3. Summer

GOALS:

  • Educate Athletes

  • Increase Muscle Size, Strength, Power, Speed, Agility

  • Decrease Risk of Injury (Flexibility, Mobility, Posture, Muscular Imbalances etc)

  • Increase Overall Athleticism

  • Have Fun

 

EDUCATION

Our athletes are Student-Athletes, which means, academics are one of our biggest priorities.

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Mag. Gabriele Schletz
Headmistress

“Our aim is to bring out the full potential in each one of our students. Our program is designed to help them undertake their educational responsibilities while excelling athletically.”

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Oly Hicks, BA, B ED, MA
Dir. of Operations

"We believe academic education, sports, culture, and social behavior are integral parts of school life and much time is devoted to associate these areas."

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INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (LAIS)

 

Students from different cultural and academic backgrounds will be able to graduate with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or an Austrian High School Diploma (Matura) – to prepare them for university entrance while developing each student’s self-confidence and self-discipline. For better academic results, all non-native English speakers are requested to learn as much English as possible before entering the program. Taking an English as a Second Language test during our Academy Tryout is required. Please contact us for any questions.

  • Four-year program (9th – 12th Grade / School years 9-12)

  • Graduate with an IB Diploma or the Austrian Matura (Austrian High School Diploma)

  • Classes are taught in English

  • Languages: English, German, Spanish lessons; other languages may be available upon request

 
 

STAFF

Meet our professional coaching staff with extensive experience in developing Student-Athletes

OLY HICKS

B ED, MA, Director of Operations

MARK FITZGERALD

Mgr. Strength/Conditioning & Human Performance

CHRISTOPH HARAND

Development Coach

MAXIMILIAN WEHRHAN

Ass. Goaltending Coach

PETER BRANDL

Yoga & Mobility Coach

NATALIA BEDACOVA

Operations Assistant

CLINT THORNTON

Varsity Head Coach

JARED WYNIA

B.SC, Jr Varsity Head Coach

CHRISTIAN CSEH

Head Goaltending Coach

JOHANNES LEITNER

Assistant Coach

CHRISTOPH PANHOLZER

Mag., Teacher, Strength & Conditioning Coach

STRAHINJA SAVIC

School & Dorm Liaison

BLAKE WESLEY

Prep Head Coach

ELIAS VORLICEK

B.SC., Bantam Varsity Head Coach

JAN VRTIK

Bantam Varsity Coach

FLORIAN DOMENIG

Strength Coach

MICHAEL HOFBAUER

Mag., Teacher, Strength & Conditioning Coach

DR. MICHAELA KRONAWETTER

School and Team Doctor