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2013-14 Season Opener

Hockey Manitoba is excited to host the inaugural Season Opener event to take place September 27-29, 2013 at Radisson Winnipeg by Canad Inns Downtown. The new event expands upon what used to be the Hockey Manitoba Fall Board Meetings and has changed format to provide opportunity for all stakeholders in the game across Manitoba to receive more education and insight into the game of hockey.

The 2013-14 Hockey Manitoba Season Opener will feature a social gathering and Hot Stove session during the evening of September 27th with some of Canada’s top hockey and sports leaders including Bob Nicholson (President/CEO, Hockey Canada), Jeff Hnatiuk (CEO, Sport Manitoba),  Ron Robison (Commissioner, WHL), Mike Keane (3-time Stanley Cup Champion & Winnipeg Jets), Dr. Stephen Norris (LTAD specialist), Dr. Glen Bergeron (Professor and Associate Dean – Faculty of Kinesiology), among other special guests.  Scott Oake (CBC Sports) and Jim Toth (CJOB Sports) have been confirmed as special guest hosts for the 2013-14 Hockey Manitoba Season Opener.



Event registration is FREE and includes:

  • Event registration package and lanyard
  • Complimentary hors d’oeurves (Fri) and lunch (Sat)
  • Door prize draws throughout the weekend including 2013-14 Winnipeg Jets tickets
  • All access pass to Friday evening social gathering/hot stove
  • All access pass to Saturday Information Forum including interviews and special presentations
  • Saturday Season Opener Tradeshow
  • Click here to see our special guest profiles!

Hockey Manitoba is encouraging all minor hockey associations, community clubs and leagues to take advantage of this unique opportunity and send a minimum of two delegates.  Hockey Manitoba also emphasizes to all volunteers, parents, coaches, players, officials and partners to join the festivities at the Hockey Manitoba Season Opener.  Potential tradeshow vendors (including retailers, manufacturers, fundraiser promotions and more) may also apply online to Hockey Manitoba; successful applicants will be required to pay a vendor set-up fee.

Attention Minor Hockey Associations:  Each registered Minor Hockey Association member attending will receive a ticket for a chance to win 1 of 2 – $1,000 Reebok-CCM Gear Vouchers for their Association!




Save by staying at Radisson Winnipeg by Canad Inns Downtown: Guests of the 2013-14 Hockey Manitoba Season Opener are encouraged to book your room(s) and receive a preferred rate of $109.00/night. Simply contact the hotel at 1-800-339-5238 or locally at 204-975-6238 or 204-975-6221.  Please refer to the “Hockey Manitoba Block” when booking your reservation.