St. Paul, MN – June 7, 2022 – Minnesota Hockey announced today it will host a statewide Hockey Director Conference on September 9-11 at the Marriott Minneapolis West in St. Louis Park, Minn. The conference, which is designed for hockey directors, player and coach development leaders in youth hockey associations, will provide in-depth training on the techniques and principles that guide world class hockey development programs.
Participants will learn how to best structure their association and offer the most efficient and effective practices for player development through presentations and group discussions. Topics are expected to include best practices for implementing long term athlete development principles, teaching body contact and checking, off-ice training and much more. Adoption of the principles will lead to enhanced skill mastery, growth and retention and players having more fun.
“The Hockey Director Conference is a prime opportunity to learn and network about player development topics and best practices for running the hockey-side of your youth association,” said Jacob Mars, Hockey Director Coordinator. “The community associations in Minnesota are led by extremely knowledgeable and passionate volunteers, and we’re thrilled to work in partnership with USA Hockey to support and enhance their dedicated efforts.”
The conference will feature local and national presenters, including members of USA Hockey’s American Development Model regional manager team.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring together player development leaders from across the state for this event,” said Jeremy Reed, Vice President of Hockey Operations. “The on-ice experience our coaches and hockey development teams provide plays a critical role in making Minnesota a leader in participation, retention and high performance, and this conference assists us in continuing to raise that high standard to even greater heights.”
Details on registration and lodging will be released at later date.
Minnesota Hockey, a USA Hockey affiliate, is the governing body of youth hockey in Minnesota. With over 67,000 registered players and coaches, it is the largest state governing body for hockey in the United States.