Regional hockey centre opens in Salmon Arm

Centre to help with administration of minor hockey thoughout the region

Salmon Arm in cementing it’s reputation as a hockey hub.

BC Hockey officially opened their new Okanagan regional centre at the Shaw Centre on Friday Sept. 15.

The centre will assist with administration, coach development and other aspects of operating the 25 minor hockey associations and over 300 teams in the Okanagan Mainline region.

“We’re extremely happy to have BC Hockey here with their inaugural regional centre, our facility has a longstanding relationship with hockey BC dating back to 2002 and 2003 when we first started hosting their high performance events,” said Dale Berger, general manager of the Shuswap Recreation Society at the grand opening of the centre.

BC Hockey dignitaries present at the grand opening were excited to see the centre opening and said Salmon Arm is an ideal location for it.

“This was just a perfect fit. We know that we have a lot of our high-performance events here. We get treated royally. We know it’s a good location to serve the Okanagan, said Randy Henderson, chair of the BC Hockey board of directors.

“All the way around it just couldn’t be a better fit for us.”

Henderson said the centre and its newly-hired manager George Cochrane will be responsible for coordinating coach clinics, officiating clinics and registrar seminars to help keep the minor hockey associations in the region running smoothly. He added the centre would also be important in resolving disciplinary matters.

Salmon Arm already hosts several BC Hockey elite programs including the U16 BC cup, but Henderson things that further BC hockey events are a possible spin-off of the centre being located at the Shaw Centre.

Barry Petrachenko, BC Hockey CEO agreed also said the centre may bring more hockey skills development programs to Salmon Arm.

“Any opportunity that we have to run something in the Okanagan, it makes sense to run it out of our office,” he said.

“Everything we need to run a camp or an event is here.”

The centre is the first of its kind in the province, but if it succeeds Henderson says it could serve as a model for other regions.

“The next location that we’ll probably be looking at is somewhere in the North,” he said.

Petrachenko said BC Hockey’s previous history with Salmon Arm and how welcoming the city was to the proposed centre helped make the decision to open it in Salmon Arm.

“What really stuck out in Salmon Arm was the tie with minor hockey, the tie with the community and that the city wants us here,” he said.

Just Posted

Numbers aren’t reflecting homeless situation in Penticton

Even with an annual survey, it’s hard to pin down the number of homeless on the streets of Penticton

BC BUDGET: New spaces a step to universal child care

Fees reduced for licensed daycare operators

BC BUDGET: NDP cracks down on speculators, hidden ownership

Foreign buyers’ tax extended to Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Vancouver Island

BC BUDGET: Payroll tax replaces medical premiums

Health spending to increase $1.5 billion for drugs, primary care teams

Last night marks the Okanagan’s coldest night this season

Penticton broke a record at -18 C for the coldest night of the winter

Video: KVR students explore Métis culture and history

KVR Middle School immerses students in Métis culture

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Yelling vulgar slur at reporter not a crime says judge

Judge rules ‘vulgar’ slur against reporter was not a public disturbance

B.C. runner takes silver at Pan American cross-country championships

Tyler Dozzi’s medal pushes U20 Team Canada to gold finish

BC BUDGET: NDP push for purpose-built rentals in ‘historic’ $1.6B investment

Hundreds of thousands of new low- and middle-income units coming over three years

BC BUDGET: More for wildfire recovery, campsites

NDP government to hire 20 more Conservation Officers this year

BC BUDGET: Liberals blast ‘tax and spend’ plan

Payroll tax, carbon tax increase threaten growth, opposition critics say

Parts of B.C. see record-breaking temperatures in cold snap

Sechelt, Yoho National Park were the chilliest ever Monday

Most Read