Program of Excellence Coaches in Calgary for Coaching Seminar June 14-17, 2001
June 15, 2001

CALGARY, ALBERTA -Twenty-one coaches involved in the Canadian Hockey Association's Program of Excellence are in Calgary, AB this week for a four-day coaching seminar from June 14-17, 2001, the CHA announced on Thursday.

The entire coaching staffs for the National Junior Team, the National Under 18 Team and the five regional Under 17 Teams (Atlantic, Québec, Ontario, Western, Pacific) will be attending the seminar. The CHA launched the POE Coaching Seminar in its present format in 1998, as a way to introduce and train coaches on a number of aspects of international hockey.

Coaches will take part in a number of workshops that cover a variety of topics, such as "Building a Roster", "Developing a Game Plan", "Key Mental Skills for Hockey", "Offensive and Defensive Team Play for International Competition", "Team Building for Short Term Competition", "Specialty Teams", "European Team Play Tendencies" and "Player selection and evaluation".

Presenters come from across Canada and have an abundance of experience in international competition:

Dr. Kimberley Amirault (Sports psychologist/National Sports Centre - Calgary, 2001 National Women's Team); Rob Cookson (Video Coach/Calgary Flames - NHL); Clare Drake (Head Coach/ 1980 Cdn Olympic Team 1980); Kevin Dickie (Head Coach/Saskatoon Blades - WHL; Asst. coach/ 2001 National Junior Team); Wayne Fleming (Head Coach/2000-2001 National Men's Team, 2001 World Championship Team); Wayne Halliwell (Sport psychologist/Montreal Canadiens - NHL, National Junior Team); Denis Hainault (Dir. High Performance/ Canadian Hockey Association); Mike Johnston (Assistant coach/ Vancouver Canucks - NHL, Head Coach/ 1999 Men's World Ch. Team); George Kingston (Former asst. coach/ Atlanta Thrashers - NHL, Head Coach/ 1994 Men's World Ch. Team); Mike Pelino (Asst. coach- GM/National Men's Team; 2000-2001 World Championship Team); Tom Renney (Dir. Player Personnel/New York Rangers - NHL, Head Coach/ 2000 Men's World Ch. Team); Barry Trapp (Director, Scouting/National Junior and Under 18 Teams)

An additional component has been added this year, with 13 Women's Hockey Coaches from across Canada attending the workshops and some additional workshops specifically targeting women's hockey.

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)


Morgan Bell
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-669-1261 (mobile)


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)


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