Head coach and general manager Billy Keane is hosting a “Kick Off the Hockey Season” coaches mentorship clinic this Saturday September 25th from 7:30-9:30 PM in the multipurpose room located at the Roy H Johnston arena.
The event is open to any and all minor hockey coaches male and female. Pizza and refreshments for all coaches attending.
Please connect with Chris Richardson (204-620-6271) to confirm your attendance.
The Blizzard welcome back Shawna Hrappstead as game day operations & Social Media. Shawna worked with the organization during the 2018/2019 & 2019/2020 seasons as the Director of Marketing.
Shawna bring with her extensive knowledge on social media/game day operations. Currently she is a volunteer for The Pas Minor Hockey Association, and The Pas Slo-Pitch league. Shawna and her family are a billet family and we are fortunate to have her rejoin our organization!
“I’m excited to join the Blizzard family again, I enjoy working on social media and game day operational things, so it was an easy decision for me. Its going to be a great new start to a much anticipated season! Everyone misses hockey.”
OCN Blizzard are set to kick off their pre-season on Monday September 6th when they host the Swan Valley Stampeders in a home & home pre-season action!
Billet a Player & Join the OCN Blizzard Booster Club!
The OCN Blizzard are looking for caring host families to billet our players, aged 16-20, from all across Canada, and the USA for the upcoming hockey season.
Billet families play a huge part in the team’s success on and off the ice. Those who become a member of the Blizzard family will play a significant role in the experience for our players. In addition to sharing their successes during the season, often times players form a lifelong relationship with their billet family.
Players arrive for training camp towards the end of August and stay until the season ends. This can be as early as mid-March or as late as mid-May. Players have a break over Christmas holidays when most go home. Full time billet families may have their player from 1 to 5 years depending on whether trades or other changes occur.
Many billet families are needed for training camp for players who are in town for a short time. Billeting for training camp is a great chance to experience billeting and to consider whether having a full-time player is the right choice for your family.
As a guest in your home, your billet will be expected to show respect and consideration for both your home and the team’s rules. It is important that our players respect the rules of their billet family and the billet family respects the rules of the hockey club. The values and principles for success that are essential to become a member of the Blizzard Hockey Organization will be demanded at the rink, in the home, in the community and in school.
Some players will continue their education while they pursue their passion and hockey dreams, while others may hold part time employment. You will not be responsible for the transportation of the player to school, work, practice or games.
As a Billet Family your role is:
• To be a mentor, friend, counselor, and a good role model.
• To provide a clean, family-oriented environment.
• To provide nutritious meals and snacks.
• To provide a private bedroom.
• To listen and give encouragement.
• To support and build up their self-esteem.
• To treat the player as “one of the family”.
• To provide a Non-Smoking Household.
What are the benefits of being a Billet Family?
• Being a part of a young man’s journey to fulfill a dream of playing hockey.
• The opportunity to make a difference to a young player’s experience.
• One season ticket per household.
• Remuneration for meals.
• Invitations to various team events.
• In many cases long lasting relationships develop and players and their families stay in touch for many years.
Contact our Billet Coordinator Krista Moisan for information on hosting a player!
Join Our Booster Club Today!
The OCN Blizzard are looking for dedicated hard-working individuals who would like to join us! Booster club members are an integral part of the current, future, and overall success of the OCN Blizzard Hockey club.
Our Booster Club members will have all the training required to work in a variety of positions during our home games including gate admissions, selling 50/50 tickets, concession, and more!
OCN Blizzard booster club members are so important to us all that all booster club member will 1 free set of season tickets!
OILERS ADD JOEL JACKSON AS ASSISTANT STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH
The Edmonton Oilers today announced that OCN Blizzard Alumni, Joel Jackson has been named Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. Joel played 89 games for the Blizzard in 2004-2006.
Jackson joins the Oilers from the University of Alberta where he has served as a Performance Coach since 2015 working with Golden Bears and Pandas hockey teams as well as wrestling, golf, swimming
and men’s volleyball teams.
A native of Snow Lake, Manitoba, he earned a Bachelor of Kinesiology at Augustana University in Camrose, Alberta and played hockey for the Vikings from 2006 to 2011 before enrolling at the University of Alberta to pursue a master’s degree. Working exclusively with the Bears and Pandas hockey teams as Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2012, Jackson moved into to the full-time role of Performance Coach following graduation.
Edmonton Oilers hockey is presented by Molson Canadian, Rogers, Ford and Scotiabank.