The Pond to Podium Development Series will connect coaches, players, officials and parents directly with resources from national team athletes, coaches and staff. The series will provide practical expertise and behind-the-scenes content for all levels of hockey to assist stakeholders in reaching the top of their own personal podium. The Pond to Podium Development Series will be a mainstay of exclusive content that will accompany Hockey Canada high-performance events for men, women and para athletes with the grassroots side of Hockey Canada development programs.
Join Canada’s National Women’s Team for the Pond to Podium Development Series, connecting participants directly with Team Canada players and staff through a series of FREE webinars, focusing on player development, skills sessions and question-and-answer panels.
Register below for the Pond to Podium Development Series which includes:
Webinars for officials will be offered during the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship taking place in April 2021.
Sessions will be offered in English except where noted
Please be advised that registration will close at 10:00am EST on the morning of each webinar.
Holistic Hockey #1 – Off-Ice Workout
Sunday, January 17 - 12:00-12:45 p.m. ET
Presenters: Vicki Bendus
A fun and interactive strength and conditioning at-home workout with a national team coach. Appropriate for all ages and levels. No equipment required.
National Team Athlete Panel
Wednesday, January 20 - 7:30-8:15 p.m. ET
Presenters: Loren Gabel, Lauriane Rougeau, Emerance Maschmeyer
A live question-and-answer panel discussion with three national team athletes on what players can do now to optimize their development. Questions can be submitted as part of the registration process. Questions will be answered in both English and French. For U11 and up.
Holistic Hockey #2 – Mental Training
Sunday, January 24 - 12:00-12:45 p.m. ET
Presenters: Paula McQuaid
This session, led by a national team mental training consultant, will discuss strategies for players to incorporate mental training into their day-to-day lives, on and off the ice. The primary focuses will be confidence and mental toughness. For U11 and up.
Holistic Hockey #3 – Core Values of Leadership
Tuesday, January 26 - 7:00-7:45 p.m. ET
Presenters: Gina Kingsbury
A discussion, led by Gina Kingsbury, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and director of national teams, on the core values of athletes sought by national team staff, and how striving to live by those values as a person, first off the ice, translate to on-ice performance. Portions of this presentation will be delivered in French. For U11 and up.
National Team Coach Panel (For Coaches and Parents)
Saturday, January 16 - 6:00-6:45 p.m. ET
Presenters: Troy Ryan, Kori Cheverie, Vicky Sunohara, Howie Draper
A live question-and-answer panel discussion with national team coaches on what youth coaches can do to develop and support the next generation of players. Questions can be submitted as part of the registration process. Questions will be answered in both English and French.
Skills Series #1 – Specialized Skating Skills
Monday, January 18 - 7:00-7:45 p.m. ET
Presenters: Jessica Campbell
Skating is the foundation for all other skills. This webinar, led by a national team coach, will focus on identifying specialized skating skills for players of all ages and levels and how to build these skills directly into practices through progressive drills and small-area games.
Skills Series #2 – Developing Defence
Tuesday, January 19 - 4:00-4:45 p.m. ET
Presenters: Tara Watchorn
Led by a national team coach, the webinar will identify the skills needed to develop skilled defence, including progressive drills and small-area games. A heavy emphasis will be placed on skating fundamentals, and tactical drills will also be included.
Skills Series #3 – Goaltending
Saturday, January 23 - 8:00-8:45 p.m. ET
Presenters: Gord Woodhall
A discussion, led by a national team coach, on the nine ways goals are scored. Coaches will receive tools to better incorporate goaltenders into practice plans and an understanding of goaltending developmental skills.
Skills Series #4 – Shooting & Scoring
Monday, January 25 - 8:00-8:45 p.m. EST
A discussion, led by a national team coach, on the nine ways to score goals. Progressive drills and small-area skills will be shared that allow players to develop the shooting skills needed to score more goals.