Minnesota Hockey announced today it will host its annual Hockey Director Conference on September 13-15 at the Holiday Inn in Maple Grove, MN and the Maple Grove Community Center. The conference, which is designed for hockey directors and player 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, group discussions and on-ice demonstrations. Adoption of the principles will lead to enhanced skill mastery, growth and retention and players having more fun.
“Minnesota Hockey is excited to offer the Hockey Director Conference in September to our association Hockey Directors who provide the leadership and guidance for our associations to provide the best player skill development for all of their players,” said Dave Margenau, Minnesota Hockey Immediate Past President. “The conference is a unique opportunity for our hockey skill development leaders to learn from experts as to what others are doing in the world based on the science of athlete development and learn from each other as to what is working in other Minnesota associations.”
The conference will feature local and national presenters, including members of USA Hockey’s American Development Model regional manager team.
“This conference will be a great opportunity for hockey directors from throughout the state to gain a better understanding of the underlying concepts of ADM and how to apply them to decisions and programs for their association,” said John Perry, Vice President of Hockey Operations for Minnesota Hockey. “In addition, we know the player development leaders who attend will also use what they learn to lead and provide training to coaches at all levels in their association. We’re absolutely thrilled to offer this event in Minnesota and are grateful for USA Hockey’s support of it.”
The Hockey Director Conference will also serve as a USA Hockey High Performance Coaching Education Program clinic. Attendees will receive a one level upgrade for CEP certification up to a Level 4.
For more details or to register, visit www.minnesotahockey.org/hdc. For lodging, click here for online reservations or contact the Holiday Inn at (763) 425-3800 and request a room in the Minnesota Hockey Hockey Director Conference room block by August 16th.
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.