Brian Burke, President of Operations for the Calgary Flames, will be the keynote speaker to open Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting , June 12-13 at the Westin in Calgary.
Burke will be speaking on Friday, June 12 as a part of the event’s opening session starting at 7:00 pm. The session will also feature a panel discussion on developing the game/ player first initiatives. Panel members will include a cross section of experts with professional coaching, plaing, officiating and sport trainer experience. Friday’s activities will conclude with a social hosted by Hockey Calgary.
The AGM and Hockey Conference provides opportunities for Hockey Alberta’s member Minor Hockey Associations, Senior and Junior Club Teams, Sport Schools, League Administrators, and other hockey industry people, coaches, parents, and officials to participate in interactive sessions targeted at some of the hot topics in the game today.
In addition to Burke’s presentation and the panel discussion on Friday night, Saturday’s schedule includes the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Breakfast, Hockey Alberta’s Awards Luncheon, the AGM, and three streams of specialized sessions – Hockey Administrators, Coach Directors, and Elite Coaches (see session details below). In order to attend any of the conference activities, delegates must register for one of the specialized streams on Saturday.
Hockey Administrator Stream
Topics include: Minor Hockey Association Governance, presentation and discussion with Joel Christianson from the Province of Alberta; and an update on Hockey Alberta strategic initiatives, including non-body checking option, Initiation Hockey, and AA Hockey.
Coach Director Stream
Topics include: Your Seasonal Plan, Practice Observation, player selection process, coach development plan, coach mentorship plan, Local Minor Hockey Association support, and a resources/issues/trends workshop.
Elite Coach Stream
Topics include: Mental training, specialty teams, team play, goaltending, teaching skills, and off-ice conditioning.
BIOGRAPHY: Brian Burke
Brian Burke joined the Flames in September 2013 and brings more than 20 years of National Hockey League experience to his role with the Flames, including tenures as the general manager in Toronto, Anaheim, Vancouver and Hartford. Burke is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee and an original member of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group. He was general manager of three U.S. World Championship teams and the 2010 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team that won a silver medal in Vancouver. In 2008, he received the Lester Patrick Award in recognition of his outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
Away from the rink, Burke is a vocal activist against homophobia in sports and a spokesperson for the ‘You Can Play’ Project, dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. He is also committed to supporting military service members; he has visited soldiers on bases in Canada, the United States and Afghanistan, and has worked with the Wounded Warrior Project since 2003.
An avid hunter, fisherman and military historian, Burke was born in Providence, Rhode Island but raised in Edina, Minnesota, and he is a graduate of Providence College. He played professional hockey in the AHL, winning the Calder Cup with the Maine Mariners in 1978. After one year in the AHL, he attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 1981.