The Coaches Site (TCS) and HockeyNow (HN) are partnering to present the Hockey Coaches Conference. The annual conference brings delegates together with influential coaches from North America and Europe, who share their expertise through a series of seminars and interactive on-ice sessions.
“HockeyNow is proud to get involved to help make this coaching conference one of the biggest in North America,” said HockeyNow publisher Larry Feist. “We are always looking to promote and find ways to grow the game of hockey and this conference aligns perfectly with those goals.”
As part of the new partnership with HN, one very special addition to to conference this year will be the attendance of HockeyNow’s Minor Hockey Player of the Year from B.C., who will be participating in on-ice sessions with the conference coaches. The Player of the Year (POY) program has been going strong in B.C. since 2000, when Colin Fraser won the inaugural award.
B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and Vancouver Canucks alumnus Dave Babych chairs the selection teams for HockeyNow’s Player of the Year award programs.
“I know some of the kids that have won this award, before,” said Babych. “You can see the importance of being a well-rounded person. We are looking for a leader—someone with real confidence. It may not be an overly verbal leader or an overly physical leader; but someone that respects what his teammates are about and someone who has earned the respect of his teammates.”
In 2014, the award moved into Alberta and Ontario, two markets that The Coaches Site had its sights set on in the coming years. And thanks to HockeyNow’s relationship with with ISS Hockey, Dennis MacInnis, their Director of Scouting, helped with the selection process and player recruitment. Dennis MacInnis is an original founder of ISS, starting the company in 2002 with the mission of providing the best independent scouting information to the hockey world. As Director of Scouting, Dennis recruits and manages a large network of ISS scouts located throughout the world. Also joining the selection teams from ISS Hockey are senior scouts Brent Parker, the Western Canada regional scout, Mike MacFarlane, Head Ontario Scout and Mike MacPherson, Ontario Canada Regional Scout, ISS Hockey.
With these plans in the works, the partnership between TCS and HN, and particularly their POY program, could go the distance.
"HockeyNow is the voice of grassroots hockey in B.C. and their support has been instrumental in the growth of our conference over the past four years," stated Aaron Wilbur, Managing Director of the Coaches Site. "Both of our organizations are committed to having a positive influence on the growth of the game at the amateur levels and this partnership will enable us to share insight from some of the top coaches in hockey with a larger audience."
"This year we are proud to also partner with BC Hockey in delivering High Performance 1 certification. Coaches can register for the course through BC Hockey's web site and will attend the conference as part of the programs curriculum. Hockey Canada has changed NCCP High Performance 1 requirements and made certification mandatory for Head Coaches associated with teams which participate in interprovincial and/or national competition. In British Columbia, all Head Coaches coaching Bantam Tier 1, Midget AAA and Junior “A” must be High Performance 1 certified.”
Established in 1999, HockeyNow is the only news source that provides coverage about all hockey leagues between minor and major junior and college hockey across North America. The print and online publication was created to engage the hockey community, with a sustained focus on promoting and growing the game.
About HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of the Year
HockeyNow recognizes the importance of supporting, promoting and giving back to the hockey community in Canada.
Our proprietary Player of the Year Award programs honour individuals who best exemplify sportsmanship, leadership, hockey ability and performance, and school and community participation.
Since 2000, the B.C. award program has been recognized annually on the cover of the July issue of the magazine as well as online at HockeyNow.ca. In 2014, we introduced the award program in Alberta and Ontario, allowing us to showcase more of the extraordinary minor hockey players throughout the country.
During the hockey season, our selection teams rank players regionally in each province, before narrowing the list down to a smaller group of finalists. The selection teams will then evaluate applications and announce the winners in June.
About The Coaches Conference
Founded in 2010, the Coaches Site is an online resource for hockey coaches and shares insight from some of the top coaches in the game today.
The 5th Annual Hockey Coaches Conference will be hosted July 24-25, 2015 at the Doug Mitchell Sports Centre on the campus of the University of British Columbia. This event offers both amateur and professional coaches , as well as hockey executives the opportunity to connect with some of the brightest minds in hockey and experts in human performance. The conference has quickly grown to be the largest of its kind in Western Canada.
Topics covered at the conference range from tactical team play to individual skill development. We pride ourselves on offering a selection of expert speakers who discuss all aspects of player and team development, including mental and physical conditioning. Some of our past speakers have included Stanley Cup Champions Mike Keenan and Ken Hitchcock. You can view a list past speakers here.
The event also features an exhibitors space where delegates can learn about the latest coaching software, products and services. Improve your teams performance by staying current with the latest information and technologies.
The Coaches Site is also pleased to once again host the HEROS Charity Reception. The event raises money for HEROS and features a hot stove with some of our distinguished speakers. This evening social is full of laughs and is a great networking opportunity.
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