TORONTO, Ont. – The Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit concluded on Thursday in Toronto, with over 400
delegates participating in the four-day event. The summit was a global hockey symposium, attracting
global leaders of the game and interested stakeholders to share and enhance global hockey knowledge. Full
event details and coverage is available online at www.worldhockeysummit.com.
The steering committee, comprised of the seven summit partners (IIHF, NHL, NHLPA, Hockey Canada, USA
Hockey, CHL and Molson Coors), will be reviewing all of the results from the work group discussions on player
skill development, junior development in the hockey world, an evaluation of Vancouver 2010, a global hockey
event agenda, women’s hockey after Vancouver 2010 and growing participation in the game.
Event proceedings, including formal presentations and the results from the discussion groups, will be
provided to all IIHF member federations and summit partners, providing these organizations with the
opportunity to develop their own action plans.
The summit partners will also collaborate on developing recommendations and collective action plans going
forward, and expect to announce details over of the course of the 2010-11 season.
"Coming into the summit we really didn't know what to expect, but I could sense that this would be a
success after one day," said IIHF president René Fasel. "We discussed the most pressing issues in our game
and we had a very good and healthy exchange of views in front of more than 400 keen delegates. These were
four very good days for hockey. The next step is to evaluate the proposals from the delegates and see if we
can work out any recommendations."
"The discussion and dialogue here over the last four days has clearly extended hockey knowledge and
enriched hockey insight at all levels,” said Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner. “The National Hockey League
was proud to play a meaningful part in that dialogue and I believe the game – both at the NHL level and all
other levels – will be better for it."
"The NHLPA was pleased that the major stakeholders in hockey were part of the Molson Canadian World Hockey
Summit to discuss how the global game can prosper," said Mike Ouellet, NHLPA chief of business affairs. "NHL
players bring forth a key perspective in growing the game worldwide and we hope to build off of this week's
momentum. In particular, we look forward to expanding best-on-best tournaments, such as the World Cup of
Hockey and the Olympics, where fans watch their favourite players participate."
“It has been a very productive week here in Toronto,” said Hockey Canada president & CEO Bob
Nicholson. “Hockey Canada and the representatives of our member branches throughout the country have been
very excited about being part of this collaboration, discussing matters ranging from skill development to
hockey at the Olympic Games with the major hockey stakeholders. We look forward to working together and
coming about with a plan to make our game even better.”
“This event has exceeded my expectations,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “With the
relatively diversified audience, and designed by seven different entities, there was a pleasingly high level
of interaction and engagement.”
“The Canadian Hockey League is extremely pleased with the success of the Molson Canadian World Hockey
Summit in attracting global hockey leaders to one stage,” said CHL president David Branch. “It was
energizing to be around so many passionate hockey people that were all focused on the betterment of the game
which will undoubtedly result in positive changes to hockey in the years to come.”
"Molson Canadian was there back in 1999 for the very first Open Ice Summit and continues to support the
development and evolution of 'our game'," said Pat McEleney, director of sports and entertainment for Molson
Coors Canada. "The dialogue, discussion and debate from this year's Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit
should unlock clues to help grow the game and improve the sport at all levels."
For more information, contact:
NHL: Julie Young ([email protected])
Hockey Canada: Andre Brin ([email protected])
IIHF: Szymon Szemberg ([email protected])
USA Hockey: Dave Fischer ([email protected])
NHLPA: Jonathan Weatherdon ([email protected])
CHL: Paul Krotz ([email protected])
Molson: Adam Moffat ([email protected])