Hockey Canada's International Coaches Conference Attracts Top Coaches of All Levels to Toronto From July 6-9, 2006; Limited Registration Still Available
June 9, 2006

CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada, in cooperation with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Ontario Regional Centre of Excellence and the Ontario Hockey Federation, announced details for the 2006 International Coaches Conference in Toronto, ON from July 6 to , including a list of confirmed speakers which features Stanley Cup Winning Coaches, World Championship coaches, Olympic Gold medal winning coaches and other international coaching experts.

A limited number of spots are still available to register for the public.

The International Coaches Conference, scheduled for July 6-9, 2006 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, is an event that hockey coaches from all over the world will attend. Coaches from all levels and age groups are invited to register and share modern training and instructional techniques through various presentations that will feature some of the brightest hockey minds in the world. Included among the delegates in attendance will be 68 coaches for all of Canada’s provincial and territorial male and female teams for the 2007 Canada Winter Games, as well as the coaching staff for Canada’s Women’s Under-22 Team, National Women’s Team, Men’s Under-18 Team, and National Junior Team.

The cost for attending the full four-day conference is $400. To sign up for the International Coaches Conference, call Hockey Canada at 1-403-777-3636 or visit Hockey Canada’s International Coaches Conference website.

This is the 10th International Coaching Conference that Hockey Canada hosts every second year. Alberta hosted the first four events in 1989, 1990, 19. Toronto, Ontario hosted the Conference in 1996, Saint John, New Brunswick served as host in 1998, Vancouver served as host in 2000, Montreal, Quebec in 2002 and most recently Calgary hosted the event in 2004.

“There has been a lot of discussion in Canada about providing coaches at all levels with the tools to further develop their coaching skills,” said Johnny Misley, Vice - President Hockey Operations for Hockey Canada. “The International Coaches Conference provides a terrific forum to help coaches at all levels of experience within hockey with their knowledge and development. We are especially excited about the addition of our Program of Excellence training to this year’s conference which will broaden the network for all delegates involved”

“The 2006 International Coaches Conference will represent an outstanding learning environment for coaches at all levels, from minor hockey to the professionals,” said Marc Habscheid, Head Coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team, and speaker at the conference. “Becoming a great hockey coach is about constant learning and self improvement – every coach in attendance will learn something they can take back to their club team.”

Confirmed speakers to date for the 2006 Hockey Canada International Coaches Conference July 6-9, 2006 include:

· Tommy Boustedt (Swedish Ice Hockey Federation)

· Joe Bowen (Event Host and the Voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs)

· Marc Crawford (Head Coach, Los Angeles Kings)

· Melody Davidson (Head Coach, Canada’s National Women’s Team)

· Marc Habscheid (Head Coach, Canada’s National Men’s Team)

· Craig Hartsburg (Head Coach, Canada’s National Junior Team)

· Dr. Peter Jensen (Sports Psychologist, Canada’s National Women’s Team)

· Ralph Krueger (Head Coach, Switzerland’s National Men’s Team)

· Blair MacKasey (Head Scout, Minnesota Wild)

· Paul Maurice (Head Coach, Toronto Maple Leafs)

· Denis Sproxton (Goalie Coach, National Women’s Team)

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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