OKANAGAN LAKERS HOCKEY CLUB
creating a tradition of academic and competitive success
about the lakers
Established in 2021, the Lakers are an expansion team entering the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League for the 2021/22 season. As a collegiate transfer team, the Lakers are full time student-athletes registered in Okanagan-based post secondary institutions.
about the bcihl
Over 800 Canadian junior hockey graduates have continued their competitive career while earning post-secondary education in the BCIHL since 2006. The BCIHL promotes academic success, health and safety, and a highly competitive brand of hockey.Learn More
Recruitment is now open!
6/12/2021 - lAKERS ANNOUNCE addition of assistant coach ryan hawes
The Okanagan Lakers are pleased to announce the addition of assistant coach Ryan Hawes to the coaching staff for the 2021/22 BCIHL season.
Hawes played competitively with the BCHL's Cowichan Valley Capitals, Chilliwack Chiefs and Prince George Spruce Kings, as well as the WHL's Spokane Chiefs and WPHL's San Angelo Outlaws. Hawes has coached in the Okanagan since 2016 at various levels including Bantam AA and the KIJHL, and has been involved in camps and tryouts ranging from BC Hockey U-14 to the WHL combine.
Hawes joins head coach Kevin Bathurst for the Lakers' inaugural season as the hockey operations staff prepares to announce the final roster.
6/9/2021 - lAKERS ANNOUNCE HOCKEY OPERATIONS STAFF
The Okanagan Lakers are pleased to announce the Hockey Operations staff for the 2021/22 BCIHL season.
Kevin Bathurst will serve as the team's head coach for the inaugural season. Bathurst has over 14 years of sport leadership experience including coaching, scouting and management at the USport, Junior A, Junior B and CSSHL levels. Bathurst has been coaching with the Pursuit of Excellence Midget Varsity team since 2018 and is NCCP High Performance I certified.
Gage Colpron joins the Lakers operations staff after playing 4 seasons at the collegiate level with the BCIHL's VIU Mariners and ACAC's Alberta-Augustana Vikings. Colpron is a former VIJHL standout, serving as the captain of the Campbell River Storm.
6/22/2021 - BCIHL votes to grant lakers membership for 2021/22 season
The BCIHL is pleased to announce the addition of the Okanagan Lakers to the 2021/22 regular season schedule. The Lakers are the first expansion team to enter the BCIHL since Vancouver Island University in 2017. The Lakers are the BCIHL's first independant team, consistent of student-athletes from both UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College. Further announcements about the season schedule and Lakers home games will be made in the coming weeks.
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