Thursday, March 15, 2012
Okanagan Hockey Academy provides an environment where young hockey players can receive a high quality of education at the Penticton High School (ranked top 5 in B.C.). Really?
Here's what they won't tell you on the OHA website about Penticton High School. The high school campus where OHA boys attend school is adjacent to one of the most prolific crack houses in Penticton, BC.
An armed guard stands between the crack house and the high school during school hours. The OHA boys observe crack deals going down on a daily basis, as money and drugs are exchanged through a hole in the screen on the bottom floor of the crack house.
Once an OHA parent confronted the police officer regarding the crack house. He confirmed that, indeed, it is a crack house. This parent said, "If you know it's a crack house, why in the heck doesn't the RCMP shut it down?" The officer replied, "You'll have to take up your concerns with the Mayor of Penticton."
Last year, a druggie at the crack house pulled out a gun, which is the reason RCMP man the school parking lot during school hours. Unfortunately, there's no RCMP coverage at the crack house once school is over. A number of OHA boys over the years have caved into the temptation of drugs in Penticton, BC, becoming addicted to very serious drugs.
This is a caution to any parents considering sending their sons away to hockey boarding school at OHA. The boys are free to roam town and we all know how easy it is for kids to get into trouble without the guidance of their parents.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
If the Americans know what they are getting going straight ahead into it, OHA is robbing them with their eyes wide open. I certainly would not be very pleased to know certain kids get to go there for free.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
1. First class training facilities and ice.
2. Good quality coaching, particularly McLaughlin and Wesley.
3. Penticton High School is a very good high school, no drug issues, particularly for OHA players and the Pen High/OHA connection works very well, so don't listen to the rubbish about Pen High being a drug den.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
What is the shake up at OHA?
Da, da, da..... another one bites the dust.....
Why would another retired NHLer leave the ranks of OHA without explanation. Is it because his own children have moved on so he is not there to give them preferential treatment anymore?
Who is willing to pay over $50,000 a year for this nonsense? Any takers?
When will Dirk and Wesley move on to a more respectable coaching position elsewhere? Time will tell the real story here, but it is safe to assume they will not be sticking around this cracker stand for long.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
THE FOLLOWING FIGURES ARE PUBLISHED IN THE OHA NOSEBLEED ENROLEMENT PACKET:
$19,500 plus applicable tax
$5,000 Transportation Cost (mandatory and non refundable) plus applicable tax
Okanagan Hockey Academy Tuition and Transportation $24,500 plus applicable tax
Billet Fees (if required) $ 5,000
Out of Province Education Fees (if required) $10,500
The transportation cost is a mandatory and non refundable cost payable to the Academy for transportation services to and from billet homes and local tournaments in the area.
The Province of British Columbia government has introduced a new tax, HST, which is applicable to Okanagan Hockey Academy Fees.
GST (7% tax) is the applicable tax on paid Academy Fees on or before April 30th, 2010.
HST (12% tax) is the applicable tax on paid Academy Fees on or after May 1st, 2010.
(That is a $1,659 tax saving on full Academy fees paid on or before April 30th, 2010.)
• Option 1 - Full payment ($800.00 discount applied if payments made by cheque, money order or wire transfer)
• Option 2 - 3 monthly payments starting July 1st, 2010 ($400.00 discount applied if payments made by cheque, money order or wire transfer)
• Option 3 - 6 monthly payments starting July 1st, 2010
• Option 4 - Contact Mike Seeley, CA Director of Finance at 250-493-1408 Ext 3352 for alternate arrangements
Exclusive of Fees
• Extraordinary trip fees (include airfare and ground transportation at trip locale)
• Bantam, Varsity and Jr. Varsity Teams $3,500.00 per year maximum
• Prep Team $7,000.00 per year maximum
How is your math? A non- BC resident who plays on the prep team can expect to pay 47,000 not including taxes. YIKES!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Let's talk about legitimate grievances that any player of any skill level would have with the program:
The coaches will teach you the general structure of a typical 1-2-2 but almost always fail to inform individuals and line mates of the subtleties that make the system successful (where to position your stick, when and where to pressure, etc.)
The pervading culture of high-school hockey in Penticton frowns upon extra-curricular team-building (line mates developing set plays, d-men talking to goalies about breakout strategy, etc.)
Individual or teammate-to-teammate improvisation, planned or otherwise, are strictly and forcefully suppressed.
These should be considered more important than who's getting the lion's share of the coach's attention or who's snorting what; these are they real hindrances to your son's development as a hockey player (let's be honest: you AND the oha don't give a f**k about developing "moral values" or wtf they say they do)
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
OHA is a business and Andy operates it to make dollars. It is awful how he has changed, people that knew the old Andy can attest to this.
I don't want to bash on anyone, I am not angry, as a former player though speaking to prospective parents I have this to say...
I would not send my child to OHA because it is not a family. There certainly is brotherhood among the teammates, but from a checkbook standpoint, each recruit is a dollar sign. The nicest Andy will ever be to you is right before he gets you to sign up for OHA, he is quite the actor, and not ashamed to make grand claims about your hockey future to get to your wallet. The all-mighty dollar has its ways of tearing down good people, and Andy certainly is not the same man he was when he brought the IDT to OHS. I am certain too that you can get more for less elsewhere too, if finances are a concern.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
We may have drug problems in the US but the government does not ignore drug dens. In the US they are raided and shut down. Apparently in Penticton the government thinks its good enough to have a rent-a-cop stand outside the crack house during school hours. That is not good enough. It should have been shut down. It makes me think someone in the RCMP or government is getting a kick back from drug deals.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
BOYS PREP DO THE MONSTER MASH IN HALLOWEEN WEEK-END FINALE @ OHA
Edge Boys Prep coaches Kevin Willison and Brent Gogol knew their troops were having a solid week-end at Okanagan Hockey Academy with some dominating performances in the first two games. They might not have expected Sunday's outburst however as they watched the lads belt host OHA with a 10-0 blasting. In the first CSSHL meeting of these two squads, Edge definitely had the upper game as Brady Ramsay continued his incredible season with 3 more goals while Tanner Labbe, Max Reavis and Tanner Hicks each sniped a pair and Austin Donaldson had a singleton.
With the victory Edge remained comfortably atop the CSSHL standings with a clean 6-0 slate for 12 points. When league scorers are posted next week, look for the names of Ramsay, Hicks, Labbe, Paylor and Reavis to be prominently mentioned.
Three games, three victories, 20 goals for and 3 goals against - all in all, a great week-end for the Boys Prep!
Detailed results of Edge success in the Prep league found here:
Thursday, October 22, 2009
OHA can't even update their website team photos to this year and didn't even bother to put in a player of the month nominee for their KIJHL team that they are oh so proud of owning. That is a hint Alan/Andy nominate a player of the month for your treasured second from last place junior B team. September is past but you still have time for October-it will look like you care just a bit! Ready?....GO!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
ok alan (or whoever), let's go over these one by one:
1)yes lots of ice, but you shouldn't have to go on road trips to calgary every month to play hockey in canada, and you DEFINITELY shouldn't have to drive an hour to kelowna just to practice once a week from april-july.
2) nhl coaches? Dirk and Wesley are legit, but just because you were qualified to get your face punched in for 9 years does not qualify you to teach skills and systems to young players who may or may not have better skating and hands than you. I can't comment on Randy Jaycock, but it's a bit of a misnomer to call a perennial bench-warmer an nhl player.Dixon Ward? his doctor took a blood sample and it was 80 proof (and he rarely even shows up). that nhlpa card only covers a 8x5cm part of your ass. you still have to cover the rest.
3)power skating yes. if a player is a real athelete, he will benefit from this (about 20-35% of your enrolled players).
4)yoga yes. about 3-4 times during the season, more regularly in summer. but really, who cares?
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
We regret the move to OHA.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
My son likes the summer camp but we prefer to play at Notre Dame during the school year."
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Very, very few players have been sent home because of bad behavior, very few have come all that way and not worked hard. Have some common sense. What parent and player would come there and spend that kind of money to not give a top effort? That's ridiculous!
What it comes down to again is very poor performance. Every team in last place. Very few advancements in recent years outside the OHA organization. That is how you measure the success of the organization. These guys have done a masterful job convincing parents that coming is last is OK as long as the players are developing. Doesn't that tell you something about the organization. What championship level player ever thought it was OK to come in last. That is again ridiculous!"