It’s not too late to register as a delegate for the 2015 Hockey Alberta Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting, being held Friday and Saturday, June 12-13 at the Westin in Calgary.
Delegates select one of three streams in which to register: Hockey Administrators, Coach Directors, or Elite Coaches. Depending on the stream selected, each delegate will participate in a specially-designed day-long series of information sessions on Saturday (see outline below for each stream).
As well, every delegate is eligible to attend the keynote address and panel discussion on Friday evening during the opening session of the Hockey Conference, starting at 7 pm featuring six well known personalities from the sport. They will be discussing the development of the game, with a focus on effective recruitment and retention of participants, including players, officials, coaches, trainers and administrators.
Members of the panel are:
Brendan Morrison, NHL alumnus, 16-year pro career, and currently a minor hockey coach
Kyle Rehman, NHL Referee
Ray Bennett, St. Louis Blues, Assistant Coach
Paul Carson, Hockey Canada, Vice President Development
Fran Gow, Hockey Alberta, Coach Mentor, and Alberta Junior Hockey League, Vice President Hockey Operations
A social will follow the panel discussion, hosted by Hockey Calgary. All delegates are encouraged to wear their Oilers or Flames apparel, as there will be some special activities in a unique “battle of Alberta.”
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 the Friday night activities, Saturday’s busy 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.
Each specialized stream includes a list of specially-selected topics and very knowledgeable session leaders, including:
Hockey Administrator Stream: key topics for Local Minor Hockey Associations and other organizations that oversee amateur hockey programs. Session leaders are:
Joel Christianson, Province of Alberta; TOPIC: Minor Hockey Association Governance
Senior managers from Hockey Alberta with updates on non-body checking option, Initiation Hockey, and AA Hockey initiatives for 2015-16.
Coach Director Stream: featured topics are Coaching Pathway, Communication/Support, Player/Team Selection, Provincial Development Plan, Coach Mentorship Plan, LMHA sharing topics, Issues/Trends workshop, and NCCP Coach Clinics.
Elite Coach Stream: session leaders are:
Brad Kilb, Coordinator, Leadership in Coaching, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary; TOPIC: Generational Coaching
Mike Bergren, Goaltending Coach, Kootenay Ice; TOPIC: A Goaltender’s Perspective
Dominic Pittis, Skills Coach, Calgary Flames; TOPIC: Teaching Skills
Spiros Anatas, Head Coach, University of Lethbridge Pronghorns; TOPIC: The Little Things
Ray Bennett; TOPIC: Defensive Concepts
The two-day event concludes on Saturday afternoon, with Hockey Alberta’s annual general meeting, starting at 2 pm. The AGM includes elections for positions available on the Board of Directors.