University Hockey is returning to Kamloops

The Thompson Okanagan Pioneers is an independant collegiate transfer team entering the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League. Contact us to find out more about recruiting, staff and volunteer opportunities.


Create Opportunity, Honor Tradition

Our belief is that participation in sport fosters success - both on the ice and in the classroom. The Pioneers are continuing a long tradition of collegiate hockey in Kamloops by creating opportunities for student-athletes to achieve their goals.

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The Pioneers hockey club is now recruiting student-athletes who are currently or plan to be enrolled full-time at one of the following post secondary institutions: Thompson Rivers University, Okanagan College, Sprott Shaw College, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology or Stenberg College.

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As a collegiate transfer program, the Pioneers operate as a non-profit society. By donating as little as $50 you can help create countless opportuntities for student-athletes in the future.

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Are you one of the many passionate leaders who love to volunteer in sport? We are seeking off-ice officials and event coordinators to help organize Pioneers home games in Kamloops.

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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Who are the Pioneers?

We are currently recruiting junior hockey graduates from across BC for the inaugural Pioneers roster. If you are focused on academic and competitive success, we want to hear from you.

A History of Cariboo Hockey

Kamloops has a history of collegiate hockey dating back to 1971 when Cariboo College represented BC at the 1st Annual 4-West Hockey Championships. The Cariboo Chiefs and UCC Sun Demons would win 12 TCAA championships and 3 BCCAA championships between 1971 and 1989.

In 2009, the TRU Wolfpack entered the BCIHL and would earn two BCIHL Championship appearances as well as a regular season 1st place finish before departing in 2014. Jassi Sangha remains 8th all-time in BCIHL scoring with 118 points in 65 games.

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