Skill Development

Topic Area 1:
Player Skill Development Initiatives

Session Lead: Pat Kelleher

Understanding the need for and establishing a long term plan for player development will assist player recruitment and retention and provide opportunities for a safe, positive, and enjoyable experience in youth hockey and foster long term participation in the sport at all levels of play

  • Long term player development strategies
  • A review of current youth development programming “Best Practices”
  • Addressing the developmental shortcomings in youth hockey
  • Opportunities for growth through the IIHF Audit Initiative
  • Current trends and issues concerning player safety in today’s game


Dr. Steve Norris - Canada
Long Term Player Development | pdf (4mb)

Dr. Mark Aubry - IIHF CMO 
Skill Development | pdf (3mb)

Every generation develops new methods of training, coaching, teaching and learning. What works now and how can we make it better?
Tuesday morning, the best-practices method to develop such players was the topic under the microscope at the Molson World Hockey Summit at the Air Canada Center.
Coaches may be thinking of early prep, and kids may love the idea of crunching an opponent into the boards, but it's  a fact skill development suffers as body-checking becomes more prevalent in a league--be patient and wait. » more
The Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit continued it Toronto this morning at the Air Canada Centre, the hottest topic being the difference between body contact and body checking. » more
Day two of the Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit moved over to the Air Canada Centre for a morning session whose theme was developing the game. » more

Organization Contact
Session Lead
Pat Kelleher USA Hockey USA Hockey
Bob McKenzie TSN
Hockey Canada
Dr. Steve Norris Canada Hockey Canada
Dr. Mark Aubry IIHF CMO
Hockey Canada
Peter Laviolette NHL USA Hockey
Bob Mancini USA Hockey USA Hockey
Brendan Shanahan NHL NHL
Bob Boughner CHL CHL
Jack Hewitt Canada Hockey Canada