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Topics, Schedule Released for 2022 Leader Conference

By Minnesota Hockey, 03/29/22, 9:15AM CDT


Minnesota Hockey will host its seventh annual Association Leader Excellence Conference (ALEC) on April 29- May 1 at Sugar Lake Lodge in Grand Rapids, MN and the Marriott Minneapolis West in St. Louis Park, MN.

The conference provides volunteers in Minnesota with opportunities for learning best practices and networking with youth hockey leaders at the local, state and national levels. Sessions will be offered on a variety of topics such as local discipline, parent communication, growing the game, and diversity and inclusion.

“The Association Leader Excellence Conference is a way for the volunteer leaders in associations to learn from others as to what works best, and what to expect as they prepare for upcoming seasons,” said Glen Andresen, Minnesota Hockey Executive Director. “This year we’re excited to bring the event to Grand Rapids so more of our Greater Minnesota association leaders can benefit from it.”

Minnesota Hockey will again host a raffle for participating associations, featuring a total of $12,000 in grow the game prizes. There will be a grand prize of $5,000 and a second prize of $1,000 drawn randomly from the participants at each location. Associations will receive one entry for each attendee.  

An overview of the schedule is below, and the complete list of topics with a tentative breakout schedule can be found here.

Grand Rapids, MN

Friday, April 29

  • 7:00 pm – Registration
  • 7:30 pm - Small group discussions on hot topics in youth hockey
  • 9:00 pm - Social hour

Saturday, April 30

  • 8:30 am - Registration
  • 9:00 am - Welcome
  • 9:15 am - Morning sessions begin
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch
  • 1:15 pm - Afternoon sessions begin
  • 4:30 pm - Event concludes

St. Louis Park, MN

Saturday, April 30

  • 7:00 pm – Registration
  • 7:30 pm - Small group discussions on hot topics in youth hockey
  • 9:00 pm - Social hour

Sunday, May 1

  • 7:30 am - Registration
  • 8:00 am - Welcome
  • 8:15 am - Morning sessions begin
  • 11:45 am - Lunch
  • 12:30 pm - Afternoon sessions begin
  • 4:00 pm - Event concludes

Minnesota Hockey would like to thank ALTA (formerly Viking Trophies), Dick’s Sporting Goods, JLG Architects, Signature Concepts, SportsEngine, The Hockey IntelliGym, and TRIA Orthopaedic for their outstanding support of this event.

Registration for the 2022 Association Leader Excellence Conference is now open and can be found here. The deadline to register is Sunday, April 24. Participants traveling more than 100 miles will be eligible to receive a travel subsidy from Minnesota Hockey. Minnesota Hockey will also supply a continental breakfast and lunch during the event.

USA Hockey affiliates from outside of Minnesota are welcome to attend but will be charged a fee to cover expenses associated with event materials, food and beverage.

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