Ockenden is the 'young gun' of the Kookaburras team and despite his age, he has had no difficulty adjusting to international hockey since debuting in 2006. He was named best young player at the 2007 & 2008 Champions Trophy tournaments and is capable of playing as a striker or in the midfield. Speed is his key weapon and he proves to be a difficult match up for opposition defenders. He showed no signs of stage fright at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, single handily dominating the Netherlands in the Bronze Medal match to secure victory for the Kookaburras. He was named 2008 WorldHockey Young Player of the Year.