Minnesota Hockey announced today it will host its fourth annual Association Leader Excellence Conference (ALEC) on May 4-5. New this year, the conference will expand to two locations, starting on Saturday, May 4 at the Marriott Minneapolis West in St. Louis Park, followed by a second day of sessions at the Hampton Inn in Bemidji, MN on Sunday, May 5.
The conference will provide youth hockey volunteers in Minnesota with opportunities for learning best practices and networking with leaders at the local, state and national levels. Over its first three years, the Association Leader Excellence Conference has hosted more than 300 youth hockey volunteers from nearly 90 associations.
“It really is remarkable how Minnesota Hockey functions on the amazing contributions of volunteers from across the state,” said Glen Andresen, Minnesota Hockey Executive Director. “The Association Leader Excellence Conference is a way for the leaders in those volunteer associations to learn from others as to what works best, and what to expect as they prepare for upcoming seasons. This year we’re excited to bring the event to Bemidji so more of our Greater Minnesota association leaders can benefit from it.”
In 2019, the Association Leader Excellence Conference will once again place an emphasis on providing opportunities for networking and idea sharing. Sessions will continue to be offered on topics such as local discipline, finance, growing the game, and player development, as well as new topics such as arena development. An outline of the schedule is below. For a list of sessions and times at each location, click here.
Saturday, May 4 – St. Louis Park, MN
Sunday, May 5 – Bemidji, MN
Association leaders interested in attending will receive a group rate for lodging, complimentary lunch and a subsidy for those traveling more than 100 miles.
Minnesota Hockey will once again open the conference to USA Hockey affiliated associations from outside the state’s boundaries. Attendees from outside of Minnesota will be charged a fee to cover expenses associated with event materials, food and beverage.