Sunday, August 18, 2013

Alberta Hockey summit approaching

Press Release

The Western Hockey League have stepped up as an invested stakeholder in support of the Alberta Hockey Summit, presented by ATB Financial and hosted by Hockey Alberta.

Along with other provincial stakeholders: Hockey Canada, the Calgary Flames Organization and the Edmonton Oilers, the WHL felt it was imperative to play a leading role in this event and participate in the shaping of hockey and its future in Alberta.

Keynote speakers at the Alberta Hockey Summit include Ken Dryden (former NHL goaltender), Dr. Steve Norris (Vice-President of Sport, WinSport Canada), Ryan Walter (former NHLer), and George Kingston (former NHL Head Coach).

Western Hockey League Commissioner, Ron Robison will serve as a panelist during the three-day Summit to speak on leadership and player development. Other panelists include:
-          Bob Nicholson – Hockey Canada, CEO
-          Jim Peplinski – Calgary Flames, VP Business Development
-          Al Coates – 2012 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, General Manager
-          Rob Litwinski – Hockey Alberta, Executive Director

The discussions will be lead by Moderators Jason Gregor (Team 1260), Rob Kerr (Fan 960) and Troy Gillard (Big 105 Sports).

Leadership, player development and the future of hockey and its sustainability are three major topics of the Summit. Discussions on player safety, spring and summer hockey, coaching and officiating development, affordability, sport school and facilities are also expected to take place.

The Alberta Hockey Summit is August 22-24, 2013 at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. The three-day event begins with Ken Dryden speaking on hockey history and its relevance to Canadians. Friday features a full day of speakers, panelists and discussions capped with a special event at Mount Norquay that includes a candid forum with Mel Davidson (General Manager, Women’s National Team Programs) and Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis Blues Head Coach & Team Canada Assistant Coach), two of hockey’s greatest coaching minds. The event will wrap up Saturday with a Q&A discussion with the panel of hockey leaders.
Registrations are still being accepted online at Accommodation is still available and can be booked online. The registration fee for the three-day event is $300 plus tax and includes all meals.

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