Hockey Canada to Host Annual Program of Excellence Coaches' Seminar in Calgary, AB from June 12-15

June 12, 2008

CALGARY – Twenty-one coaches and assistant coaches involved in Hockey Canada's 2008-09 Program of Excellence will meet in Calgary, AB from June 12-15 for the annual Hockey Canada Coaches' Seminar, which this year will be held at the University of Calgary.

Hockey Canada has put on this seminar since 1998 to help coaches understand the many aspects it takes to have success at international hockey competitions. This seminar is by invitation only. Among those in attendance will be the coaches who were recently named to head Canada's regional under-17 teams for the 2009 World Under-17 Challenge in Port Alberni, BC and the regional Junior A teams for the 2008 World Junior A Challenge.

The weekend will include a number of workshops and presentations that cover a range of areas necessary to being successful behind the bench at the international level.

The list of presenters includes:

• Dr. Wayne Halliwell (sport psychologist)
• Corey Hirsch (Hockey Canada's goaltending consultant)
• Curtis Hunt (assistant coach, 2006 National Junior Team and 2007 Junior Team)
• Clément Jodoin (assistant coach, 2006 National Junior Team and 2007 NJT)
• Mike Kelly (three-time assistant coach, NJT and head coach, 2003 Men's U-18 Team)
• Al Murray (Hockey Canada's head scout, Men's National Teams)
• Pat Quinn (former NHL head coach and head coach of 2008 National Men's U-18 Team)

This year's seminar includes a keynote speech from Karl Alzner, a two-time gold medal winner at the IIHF World Junior Championship and captain of the 2008 National Junior Team. Alzner is no stranger to the Program of Excellence, also playing at the under-18 and under-17 levels.


Canada's Regional Under-17 Teams (2009 World Under-17 Challenge)
Team Atlantic Head Coach: Jason Tatarnic (Woodstock, MJAHL)
Assistant Coaches: Corey Crocker (Amherst, MJAHL), Jim Midgley (Saint John, QMJHL)

Team Ontario Head Coach: Jason Brooks (Guelph, OHL)
Assistant Coaches: Mario Cicchillo (Niagara, OHL), Jake Grimes (Belleville, OHL)

Team Pacific Head Coach: Tim Kehler (Swift Current, WHL)
Assistant Coaches: Dan Price (Chilliwack, WHL), Rob Rogers (B.C. Hockey)

Team Quebec Head Coach: Marc-André Dumont (Chateauguay, LHMAAAQ)
Assistant Coaches: Éric Dubois (Baie-Comeau, QMJHL), Mario Duhamel (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL)

Team West Head Coach: Paul Krueger (Winnipeg, MMAAAHL)
Assistant Coaches: Jamie Fiesel (Melville, SJHL), Garth Mitchell (Yellowhead, MMAAAHL), Blaine Stork (Cypress, PJHL)

Canada's Regional Junior A Teams (2008 World Junior A Challenge)
Team Canada East Head Coach: Mark Grady (Cumberland, CJHL)
Assistant Coaches: Patrice Bosch (Valleyfield, LHJAAAQ), Troy Ryan (Pictou County, MJAHL

Team Canada West Head Coach: Boris Rybalka (Camrose, AJHL) Assistant Coach: Dwight McMillan (Weyburn, SJHL)

For more information:

Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
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Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
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Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
Office: 403-777-4567
Mobile: 905-906-5327
[email protected]


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