The Okanagan Hockey Group has signed a 10-year lease with the City of Penticton and Spectra for ice, administration and gym facilities.                                Western News file photo

The Okanagan Hockey Group has signed a 10-year lease with the City of Penticton and Spectra for ice, administration and gym facilities. Western News file photo

Okanagan Hockey Group renews Penticton lease

The Okanagan Hockey Group has signed a new 10-year lease with the city with another 10 year option

The Okanagan Hockey Group (OHG), one of the longest-running organizations of its type in the world, has signed a 10-year agreement with the City of Penticton and Spectra Venue Management.

The agreement, which received a unanimous endorsement from city council, includes an option for an additional 10 years.

As well as the ice agreements for the South Okanagan Events Centre, Okanagan Hockey Training Centre and Memorial Arena, the lease also covers office and gym facilities.

Headquartered in Penticton, OHG currently has offices in Edmonton, Alta. Whitby, Ont. Swindon, England and St. Polten, Austria.

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“This is a longterm commitment of keeping OHG headquarters based in Penticton, which allows us to continue to grow our business within the community,” said OHG president Andy Oakes in a news release announcing the agreement. “This not only a commitment from OHG to the community but also from the City of Penticton to OHG as we work together along with Spectra in a true partnership.”

According to Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit, the organization contributes greatly to the local community.

“This lease renewal ensures the continuance of non-prime time ice by utilized by OHG hockey academy students,” said Jakubeit in the release. “This allows growth to their business while equally benefiting the economic activities their operations bring to the city.”

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Dean Clarke, SOEC general manager and RVP Spectra Venue Management is glad to have what he called “solid business partners” in the Penticton Vees and OHG.

“We are lucky to have the City of Penticton securing longterm agreements that enhance our partnerships and the community,” he said. “This is just the beginning of great programs like this. We are looking forward to the future with OHG and investing in programming that we feel can last a decade.”

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