creating a tradition of academic and competitive success

Located in Kelowna BC, the Lakers are an independent collegiate transfer team competing in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League

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.

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10/25/2021 - DANIEL PAUL wins BCIHL POW as lakers down uvic

The Lakers kicked off their inaugural season in style, earning a 3-0 victory over the UVIC Vikes. Netminder Daniel Paul was the hero, shutting out his former team in the victory. Gilbertson, Gabruch and McLean were the goal scorers, quieting the sold-out Vikes arena. The Lakers would fall 4-1 to VIU on the following night in Nanaimo, and sit 2nd place in BCIHL standings with a record of 1-1-0.

The Lakers are back in action at home against Simon Fraser University on Saturday, October 30th at 8:30pm at CNC Arena.

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.


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.

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