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Topics, Schedule Released for 2017 Leader Conference

By Minnesota Hockey, 03/21/17, 8:00AM CDT


Minnesota Hockey will host its second annual Association Leader Excellence Conference (ALEC) on May 5-6 at the Marriott Minneapolis West in St. Louis Park, MN. 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.

The inaugural Association Leader Excellence Conference in 2016 hosted over 160 youth hockey volunteers from more than 60 associations.  Participants traveled from all corners of Minnesota to take part in sessions focused on topics ranging from legal aspects of operating youth athletic associations to membership development and much more.

"Last season’s conference was a huge success in providing our association leaders the opportunity to learn how best to lead and manage their association, and this year we plan on building on that success,” said Dave Margenau, Minnesota Hockey President. 

In 2017, the Association Leader Excellence Conference will include several enhancements based on feedback from last year’s participants. An assortment of new topics will be offered including sessions on girls hockey, safety, best practices for the Mite/8U level and more. Participants will also be provided with more opportunities to network with leaders from other youth associations.

“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.”

Conference attendees are expected to include, but are not limited to, association presidents, vice presidents, treasurers, registrars, hockey directors, girls' coordinators, mite coordinators and more.

The event is scheduled to begin the evening of Friday, May 5, 2017 and will conclude in mid-afternoon on Saturday. Minnesota Hockey will supply participants with affordable lodging rates, two complimentary meals and a subsidy for those traveling more than 100 miles.


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


  • 7:30 am - Registration
  • 8:00 am - Welcome
  • 8:15 am - Morning sessions begin
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - Afternoon sessions begin
  • 3:30 pm - Event concludes

To register for the 2017 Association Leader Excellence Conference, click hereTo view a complete schedule including topics, click here

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