By: Sam Laskaris, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,

A hockey program that has been running at Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta this summer is wrapping up this weekend. But there’s a good chance that Indigenous communities in western Canada will be hearing a lot more about Om Hockey Systems in the future. That’s because Tyadg McGauley, who founded and is the president of the hockey development program, is now gearing up for a pilot project with the Big River First Nation in Saskatchewan. As many as 200 Big River students are expected to take part in the Om Hockey Systems program, which will be offered through their school board starting this November. Students will have two training sessions each week. McGauley, 31, is a former professional hockey player who launched his unique training program in 2018. “The way we train high-level hockey players is archaic and inefficient,” McGauley said.