Okanagan Ice Hockey Academy Junior UK


General Manager
staff Okanagan Ice Hockey Academy Junior UK


Head Coach
Aaron Nell

Aaron NELL

Assistant Coach
Mark Perre Head Shotsmall


Academic & Hosting Coordinator


Sports Therapist


Assistant Coach

Jamie started coaching in Cardiff in 2006. Working within the Junior programme he coached with several age groups, taking their U18’s to The League and National Championship titles in 2012. Following this he took over as Head Coach of the Junior Academy for two years, before moving up to the Cardiff Devils Elite League team where he worked for six years. During this time he spent the past 3 years as Assistant coach, winning the Elite League Championship twice, Challenge Cup twice as well the 2018 Playoff Championship, and three Conference titles. Jamie has also worked within the National programme coaching at England U14’s and U16’s as well as GB U18’s.

Steve NELL

General Manager

Having spent the last 25 years in Swindon with the majority of that time spent as a player, coach or manager of the Swindon Wildcats. Steve has now been a Director and General Manager of the club since 2004. Knowing the importance of a good start to a hockey career, Steve is proud to host the Okanagan Hockey School in the UK and provide a great start for young athletes wanting to pursue a hockey career.

Mark Perre

Netminder Coach

Canadian born, Mark started playing hockey at the age of 5 and continued to play in Canada until the age of 21 when he moved into a career outside of hockey in wish saw him travelling internationally for a number of years and prevented him from playing the game he loved. In 1998 Mark finally settled in the UK as started coaching in Swindon focusing on working with the club’s goalies, under age groups and the Learn to Play program. During his time coaching in Swindon Mark performed roles as the assistant head coach before a short period as head coach in which he introduced the critically acclaimed In house program and took a number of teams to National finals. In 2013 Mark travelled to Cape town South Africa as the goalie coach for the Irish National team to take part in the IIHF world championships.

After taking a short break from coaching Mark returned to coaching focusing his attentions solely on developing goaltenders, working with Okanagan Hockey Academy and starting his own goalie training program. Mark has developed goalies who have gone on to play at Conference and National levels and to the UK Elite league.


Head Coach

Ryan started his coaching career in 2006 with the Bracknell Bees where he led his team to Both EPL League Champions and Playoff Champions for the first time in that club’s history. After success with the Bees Ryan coached in the UK Elite league with the Basingstoke Bison in 07/08 then returned to Swindon in 08/09 Coaching the Wildcats where he still remains. Ryan has coached with OHS since the summer of 2003 where he spent 3 summers in Penticton and has since continued to work for OHS in Denmark, Austria and the UK.


Academic & Hosting Coordinator

Dave has worked in player development for over 10 years and has worked with a number of different sports teams within a variety of sports. Through his career he has build up lasting relationships with many schools and organisations in the area and worked with hundreds of students who student alongside their sports. A university of gloucestershire graduate he understands in detail the requirements needed to progress academically and works closely with our billet families to create success for players off the ice. 

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