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Topics, Schedule Released for 2018 Leader Conference

By Minnesota Hockey, 04/16/18, 11:30AM CDT


Registration deadline is Sunday, April 22nd

Minnesota Hockey will host its third annual Association Leader Excellence Conference (ALEC) on April 27-28 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.

Over its first two years, the Association Leader Excellence Conference has hosted more than 250 youth hockey volunteers from 75 associations.  

“The conference provides the opportunity for our association leaders to learn from presenters, panelists and each other how their association can deliver the best hockey experience to their members,” said Dave Margenau, Minnesota Hockey President. “It is inspiring to experience the passion and dedication that the attendees to the conference bring to their positions.  We truly have incredible volunteers serving on our association boards.”

In 2018, the Association Leader Excellence Conference will once again place an emphasis on providing opportunities for networking and idea sharing based on feedback from previous participants. 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 goalie development.

The event is scheduled to begin the evening of Friday, April 27, 2018 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.

Friday, April 27

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

Saturday, April 28

  • 7:30 am - Registration
  • 8:00 am - Welcome
  • 8:15 am - Sessions begin. View topics.
  • 3:30 pm - Event concludes

New this year, Minnesota Hockey will be opening 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.

To register for the 2018 Association Leader Excellence Conference, click here. To view a complete schedule including topics, click here

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