St. Paul, MN – February 5, 2019 – Minnesota Hockey announced today it will host its fourth annual Association Leader Excellence Conference (ALEC) on May 4-5. The conference will start on Saturday, May 4 at the Marriott Minneapolis West in St. Louis Park, followed by a second day sessions taking place at the Hampton Inn in Bemidji, MN on Sunday, May 5.
The conference will provide volunteers in Minnesota with opportunities for learning best practices and networking with youth hockey leaders at the local, state and national levels. Over the past three years, the Association Leader Excellence Conference has hosted more than 300 youth hockey volunteers from 87 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 be offered on a variety of topics such as local discipline, finance, growing the game, and player development.
“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.”
Conference attendees are expected to include, but are not limited to, association presidents, vice presidents, treasurers, registrars, hockey directors, mite coordinators and more.
Minnesota Hockey would like to thank Rink Systems, SportsEngine, The Hockey IntelliGym and Viking Trophies for their outstanding support of this event.
Registration for the 2019 Association Leader Excellence Conference will be announced at a later date. For hotel reservations, call 952-544-4400 and request the Minnesota Hockey Leader Conference group rate or click here to book online.
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.