Okanagan UK set for European tour

The Okanagan Hockey UK Academy (OHA) have confirmed the details of their February 2016 tour of Europe.

The week-long trip will see them play five games against top European competition.

OHA travel into Europe a number of times throughout the season. These trips are designed to supplement their domestic league campaign and ensure the team compete against the most challenging opposition.

The team will be based at Okanagan Europe’s site in St Polten in Austria.

The outbound journey will see the team take on Neuilly of Paris on Sunday, 14th February. Following the game the team head to Austria.

OHA UK then play against Linz on Tuesday, OHA Europe on Wednesday and Znojmo in the Czech Republic on Thursday. The tour concludes with a game in Eindhoven on Saturday evening against the Netherlands U18 team.

OHA Assistant General Manager Paul Kelsall commented: “OHA UK has a history of visiting Europe, creating memorable experiences for the players.

“These tours are a key part of our schedule – they supplement our UK games and provide a level of competition that truly challenges the players.

“We look forward to visiting our friends in Austria, where the players can share their experiences with other Okanagan athletes.

“We travelled to France and Switzerland in October and competed extremely well against high class opposition. This tour will enable us to see how far we have travelled on our development journey.

“Each trip provides different challenges and it is vital that the team compete against different styles of play.

“The players have a structured week that will enable them to focus on their hockey development, as well as allowing them to have the quality time they need for their academic study.

“This is a key time of the year and academic achievement is a priority for all concerned.”

For further information about the Okanagan Hockey UK Academy, please click here or email Paul Kelsall.

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