The 2006 International Coaches Conference Gets Under Way in Toronto
July 5, 2006

- Media Availability Schedule -

TORONTO – The 10th International Coaches Conference, presented by Hockey Canada, gets under way Thursday at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. This three day event held July 6th-9th will attract over 250 coaches from varying levels from across the world as they attend presentations and seminars put on by some of hockey’s top coaches.

With some spots still available, 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 at

This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Richard Peddie, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Mr. Peddie will open up the 2006 International Coaches Conference on Thursday, July 6th at the Westin Harbour Castle’s Frontenac room at 7:00pm (ET) – media availability with Mr. Peddie will follow    

2006 International Coaches Conference presenters include:

  • Tommy Boustedt (Swedish Ice Hockey Federation)
  • Keith Acton (Assistant Coach, Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 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)
  • Clément Jodoin (Assistant Coach, Canada’s National Junior Team)
  • Ralph Krueger (Head Coach, Switzerland’s National Men’s Team)
  • Blair MacKasey (Director, Professional Scouting, Minnesota Wild)
  • Paul Maurice (Head Coach, Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Denis Sproxton (Goalie Coach, National Women’s Team)

Most of the above guest speakers will be available to the media on Friday, July 7 from 11:30am-12:30pm in the Westin Harbour Castle Frontenac room. Please call Sean Kelso (403) 880-5819 for a complete schedule and to set up interviews.

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.

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.

For more information on the International Coaches Conference, please visit Hockey Canada’s official website at

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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