Hockey Veteran and Champion, Richard Matvichuk, joins Okanagan Hockey Colorado as Senior Consultant

by | Jun 12, 2023


Hockey Veteran and Champion, Richard Matvichuk, joins Okanagan Hockey Colorado as Senior Consultant

Denver, Colorado, June 12, 2023 – Okanagan Hockey Colorado is thrilled to announce the addition of Richard Matvichuk, a highly accomplished and respected figure in the hockey world, to their organization as Senior Consultant. Matvichuk brings a wealth of experience and a winning mindset to his new role, further enhancing the team’s commitment to excellence.

Matvichuk’s hockey journey spans over three decades, starting with a successful playing career. The former NHL defenseman represented Canada on two occasions and spent fourteen seasons in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, and New Jersey Devils. Matvichuk was an alternate captain during the Dallas Stars’ historic Stanley Cup Championship in the 1998-99 season. Additionally, he served as an alternate captain for Team Canada during the 2002 World Championships. Matvichuk’s extensive experience on and off the ice has shaped him into a valued leader and mentor.

With a transition to coaching, Matvichuk’s passion for the game has continued. His previous coaching positions, including Head Coach for the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League, have provided him with valuable insights into the evolving dynamics of the modern hockey player. Matvichuk believes in fostering open and honest communication, creating an environment where players, staff, and management can thrive collectively.

“We are incredibly excited to have Richard join our Okanagan Hockey Colorado team as a Senior Consultant. We pride ourselves on the extensive knowledge, shared values, and unparalleled quality of our administrative and coaching staff, and Richard is no exception. His success at the highest level of play, paired with his impressive coaching resume, make him an invaluable addition to the OHC family.” Brooke Wilfley, Managing Director

In his new role as Senior Consultant for Okanagan Hockey Colorado, Matvichuk will utilize his extensive knowledge to contribute to various aspects of the organization with a focus on hockey operations and player development.

“I am incredibly grateful to Brooke Wilfley and David Clarkson for the opportunity to join the Okanagan Hockey Colorado program as a Senior Consultant,” said Matvichuk.  OHC has a coaching staff that is second to none. I believe that with their collective knowledge and talent, and my background, we will undoubtedly create amazing opportunities for our student-athletes in their hockey journey.”

Okanagan Hockey Colorado is confident that Matvichuk’s addition will greatly impact the organization’s success both on and off the ice. As the organization continues to prioritize player development, community engagement, and a winning culture, Matvichuk’s expertise will certainly play a vital role in achieving these goals.

About Okanagan Hockey Colorado:

Okanagan Hockey Colorado is a premier hockey organization dedicated to providing elite training and development opportunities for aspiring hockey players. With a focus on skill development, character building, and academic excellence, Okanagan Hockey Colorado aims to shape well-rounded athletes prepared for success in hockey and in life.

We are currently recruiting 2009-born males for our 14U team for the 2023-2024 season. If you are interested in learning more about our program, please contact Managing Director, Brooke Wilfley at