Minnesota Hockey invites board members and player development leaders from youth hockey associations throughout Minnesota to two events at the Marriott Minneapolis West in St. Louis Park this spring. A High Performance Hockey Director Conference (HDC) will be held on April 22-23 and the second annual Association Leader Excellence Conference (ALEC) is set for May 5-6.
Each of these events will provide participants with opportunities to learn best practices and network with youth hockey leaders at the local, state and national levels.
The Hockey Director Conference is designed for coaches, hockey directors and board members focused on player development. Topics of the conference will progress from the scientific foundation of player development to the application of those principles to common programs and challenges within community hockey associations. Attendees may be eligible to receive USA Hockey CEP certification credit.
“We are thrilled to bring Minnesota’s Hockey Directors and key members of their hockey development committees together in one place,” said Andrew Shriver, Chair of Minnesota Hockey’s Hockey Director Program. “There is so much hockey training that is being done well in Minnesota and across the country that all associations will benefit by sharing the best of what we do. This kind of collaboration helps associations build upon their own success, by learning from the success and evolution of each other’s programs.”
The registration deadline for the HDC is Tuesday, April 18th. For a list of speakers or to register for the HDC, go to www.minnesotahockey.org/hdc.
The Association Leader Excellence Conference is intended to provide training, support and resources to all youth hockey association board members. The conference will feature several enhancements based on feedback from last year’s participants including new sessions on girls hockey, best practices for the Mite/8U level and much more.
“Running a hockey association or managing a key aspect of a hockey association is not an easy task, and it’s remarkable what our volunteers accomplish every year,” said Glen Andresen, Minnesota Hockey Executive Director. “It’s vital to continue to support our volunteers every way we can, and give them the best possible knowledge and insight to make a huge impact at their local hockey association.”
The registration deadline for the ALEC is Sunday, April 30th. To register for the ALEC or view the topics and schedule, go to www.minnesotahockey.org/leaders. Special lodging rates are available through Friday, April 21st.
Participants traveling more than 100 miles will be offered a subsidy to assist in covering travel and lodging expenses. Minnesota Hockey will also supply a continental breakfast and lunch during each event. For hotel reservations, call 952-544-4400 and request the group rate for the appropriate event.