RED DEER - As a part of Hockey Alberta’s strategy to continue educating minor hockey administrators and coaches, a Development Leadership Weekend will be held at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer on June 22-23.
The weekend will feature three different learning opportunities for minor hockey volunteers: Coaching Skills Seminar, Intro to Hockey Seminar (free), and Development Directors Seminar (free). Following the seminars, a keynote address and hotstove will be held for all delegates featuring Power Edge Pro Founder Joe Quinn, Olympic gold medal winning coach Melody Davidson, and Anaheim Ducks Forward Sam Steel.
Joe Quinn is the Founder and President of the revolutionary hockey training system Power Edge Pro (PEP). Power Edge Pro is an on-ice player development system utilizing propriety equipment and training patterns. The system focuses on Reactive Countering Trainingâ¢, engaging multiple motor skills simultaneously to develop a player’s small area game performance. Quinn, who was named to The Hockey News Top 100 People of Power and Influence in 2018, has worked with such players as Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall, John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Dylan Larkin, and Aaron Ekblad.
Melody Davidson, a native of Oyen, AB, has been the head scout for Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Programs since 2010. Prior to that, she led Team Canada to back to back Olympic gold medals in 2006 in Turin, and 2010 in Vancouver. Along with her two gold medals as head coach, she was also an assistant on the 2002 winning team. Davidson has also coached at the national level in a number of world championships and other competitions. She was also the head coach of Team Alberta at the 1995 Canada Winter Games.
Sam Steel, a native of Ardrossan, AB, is just beginning his NHL career after being drafted by the Anaheim Ducks 30th overall in 2016. Steel was a standout player for the Sherwood Park Midget AAA Crusaders before graduating to the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, which included a 131 point season in 2016-17. He was an important part of Team Canada’s 2018 World Junior gold medal winning team with nine points in seven games. Steel played 22 games for the Ducks during the 2018-19 season, notching 11 points.