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Herb Brooks Hockey Leadership Conference

08/08/2012, 10:18am CDT
By MHJ Staff

Elite coaches, including Mike Yeo and five from D-I programs, to speak in front of youth hockey coaches

From the Herb Brooks Foundation:

Elite Coaches To Convene on Leadership Conference

Youth coaches from Mites on up are invited to hear insight from the Wild’s Mike Yeo and those who run the state’s Division I hockey programs in a first-of-its-kind gathering.

BLAINE, MINNESOTA – An unprecedented gathering of Minnesota’s hockey leaders will head a one-day conference with a mission to share with coaches from Mites on up what it takes to motivate players as the game enjoys its greatest popularity from the grass roots to the NHL.

Coaches from the Minnesota Wild and all five Division I colleges in the State of Hockey will headline the inaugural Herb Brooks Hockey Leadership Conference at the National Sports Center in Blaine on Sept. 15.

Under the direction of the Herb Brooks Foundation and Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, the conference also comes as hockey’s leaders tackle how to make the sport as safe for its players as possible, teach athletes to respect the game and their opponents, and yet develop them on and off the ice to succeed close to home, across the country and around the world.

“We want hockey coaches of all levels to hear the impact that strong leadership can have on this wonderful game,” said John McClellan, executive director of the Herb Brooks Foundation. “These workshops won’t change the game, but they will change how coaches incorporate leadership into their programs.”

The Wild’s Mike Yeo heads the list of coaches scheduled to lead these discussions, held in small breakout sessions. Participants will learn from the young, confident and determined NHL coach how he gets the most out of some of the world’s best players and identifies the right men on his roster to help him lead.

Joining Yeo from the coaching ranks will be those who stand behind the bench for the state’s five Division I programs in men’s hockey: Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, St. Cloud State, Bemidji State and Minnesota State Mankato.

“By tapping the best of the best, we hope hockey coaches of all levels can learn what it means to be an effective leader,” McClellan said.

The Herb Brooks Foundation is also fortunate to include in this conference two strong figures in hockey: Ken Martel of USA Hockey and Ross Bernstein, who has written dozens of books about athletics and leadership.

Martel heads USA Hockey’s American Development Model, a program that promotes the skill development of American players at all ages and abilities without over-emphasizing travel and playing games.

Bernstein is on the Herb Brooks Foundation board and regularly addresses business groups on how to think and act like a champion.

Beyond issues surrounding leadership, conference attendees also will participate in workshops about injury prevention presented by Dr. Mark Carlson from Sanford Orthopedics, shifts in rules enforcement by Eric Olson of Minnesota Hockey, and closing remarks by Dan Brooks, son of 1980 Team USA “Miracle” Coach Herb Brooks.

Youth hockey associations can receive a discount by sending 10 or more coaches to the conference.

Download registration forms below.

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