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BC Hockey Regional Centre-Okanagan Grand Opening
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

BC Hockey, in partnership with the Okanagan-Mainline Amateur Hockey Association (OMAHA), will host a grand opening weekend of BC Hockey’s Regional Centre-Okanagan in Salmon Arm at the Shaw Centre September 15-17, 2017.

The grand opening will start Friday, September 15, with an officiating development seminar and OMAHA executive meetings followed by a British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) game with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks hosting the Penticton Vees.

On Saturday September 16, there will be a female jamboree from 8:30am-12:30pm and coaching and officiating development seminars in the afternoon. OMAHA will continue their executive meetings throughout the day followed by another BCHL game as the Silverbacks welcome the Trail Smoke Eaters.

Sunday, September 17, sees the female jamboree continue from 8:00am-12:00pm. There will be a We Are Coaches Clinic for female coaches from 9:00am-5:00pm. OMAHA will conclude their meetings on Sunday.


“There have a number of fantastic activities, clinics and meetings taking place in Salmon Arm for the grand opening,” said BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer, Barry Petrachenko. “Our Manager, Programs-Regional Centre, George Cochrane has developed an outstanding event to celebrate the launch weekend of our first regional centre.”

 “OMAHA is pleased to be involved in the opening weekend of the regional centre,” said OMAHA President Chuck Gallacher. “We feel the opening of the regional centre is a great resource for the members of our district allowing them to be able to access enhanced services and events in our region.”

The female jamboree includes: one (1) skills session and three (3) games. It is open to players between the ages of 5 and 12 (2005-2012 birth years). The cost of the jamboree is $125 and each player will receive a jersey, bag, and gift. To sign up as a participant or to join the jamboree as a coach, click the links below:



The purpose of opening the regional centre is to provide a focus on support for coach and officiating development and to supply administrative functions for BC Hockey program leaders in the region. The BC Hockey Regional Centre-Okanagan will act as a resource centre for the OMAHA Minor Hockey Associations along with Junior and Senior teams and will help bridge the gap between administrative procedures at the district and branch level.

For more information on the event or to register for the free, female-only Coach Two (2) – Coach Level Clinic, contact George Cochrane at

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