Hockey Alberta, along with its invested stakeholders; Hockey Canada, the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers and the Western Hockey League, announced on Thursday the additions of Mel Davidson and Ken Hitchcock as guest speakers at the Alberta Hockey Summit August 22-24, 2013 at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta.
The purpose of the three day summit is to build a shared vision for the game in Alberta, align key stakeholders around a common purpose and ensure Alberta remains a world leader in Hockey Leadership and Development for years to come.
Mel Davidson is the general manager of Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Team Program. She’s also a two-time gold medal winner as head coach of Team Canada Female in 2012 and 2008.
Ken Hitchcock is a Stanley Cup winning coach and currently the head coach of the St. Louis Blues. He will also serve as an assistant coach of the Team Canada Male team that will compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics. At the conclusion of the 2011-12 NHL season, Hitchcock won the Jack Adams Award for NHL coach of the year.
The two will participate in hot-stove type session on the Friday evening, August 23rd. They will be discussing the unique challenges and opportunities they and their teams will face in a quest for gold at the Sochi Olympic Games.
They join an esteemed list of keynote speakers already confirmed for the Alberta Hockey Summit:
Ken Dryden (Former NHL goalie) - Opening Speaker – The History & Relevance of Hockey to Canadians
Ryan Walter (Former NHLer & current President of Abbotsford Heat) - Leadership in Today’s Game
Dr. Steve Norris (Former Vice-President of WinSport Canada) – Building a Player Development System for Everyone
George Kingston (Former NHL head coach & current coach on Norway’s Men’s and Women’s National Teams) – The Dynamic Future of Hockey
In addition to the keynote and guest speakers, the Summit will also feature a panel made up of members from each of the invested stakeholders. Bob Nicholson (Hockey Canada, President), Patrick LaForge (Edmonton Oilers, CEO) Ron Robison (WHL, Commissioner), Jim Peplinski (Calgary Flames, VP of Business Development), Bob Hartley (Calgary Flames, Head Coach) and Rob Litwinski (Hockey Alberta, Executive Director) will take part in a Q&A to discuss themes and ideas in moving the game forward and what role each stakeholder plays.
“At the rate the game is evolving, especially in the last decade or so, we felt hosting a hockey summit in Alberta was the right thing to do,” said Litwinski. “It gives everyone involved in hockey the opportunity to meet and talk openly on how we can improve the sport in Alberta for years to come.”
Registration for the Alberta Hockey Summit is still open and includes an Opening Reception on the Thursday, Friday Session and Social evening, the full Summit program on Saturday, and six meals.