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by Hockey Manitoba  |  September 5, 2014 1:23 pm

Hockey Manitoba is pleased to host the 100th Anniversary Minor Hockey Summit presented by Scotiabank on September 26-27, 2014 at Canad Inns Polo Park in Winnipeg.  The Summit will bring together stakeholders from across the province to discuss important issues within our game today and how to effectively implement long-term player development principles within all minor hockey.

An initial presentation will be delivered on Friday, September 26th to outline the importance of long-term player development and summarizing how it applies to key stakeholders such as associations, coaches, parents, and players.   Special guest presentations and Summit workshops will be held on Saturday, September 27th providing opportunity to dive further into specific sections of long-term player development principles and the implementation plan for minor hockey in Hockey Manitoba.

Development presentations and workshop topics for Saturday, September 27th will include:

  • Timeline of Producing a Hockey Player

Discussion based around the physiology of growth & development of young athletes, outlining what skills are needed to be taught at what specific ages in order to maximize development potential.  Also including the importance of playing multiple sports, rest & recovery from the game, overuse injuries, late-maturation of hockey players, and more.

  • Updating the Hockey Season Schedule

Discussion based on changing the structure of the hockey season to meet long-term development principles based by age & stage of growth.   Key sub-topics will be; implementing the six-week skills phase to begin each season, regulating game to practice ratio during the regular season phase, ensuring all teams and players are able to compete until mid-late March during the playoff phase, and ensuring players on skill development, training, and rest from competition during the off-season phase.

  • Updating the way we Coach & Practice

Discussion outlining emphasis on skills during minor hockey and ensuring the importance of the everyday minor hockey coach is understood.  Ensuring the majority of practices will take on a camp-like structure by combining multiple teams within the same league, division or region to reach maximum development potential for our players.

  • Updating the way we think about Hockey Development

Discussion to eliminate the “old ways” of thinking when it comes to the sport and development.  Ensuring that all stakeholders understand that the process of skill development is long-term that cannot be sacrificed for short-term gains.  Outlining the mentality of “do you want to be the best Atom player or the best Midget player?” and that LTPD gives players the best chance for success & enjoyment in the game.  All stakeholders understanding their important role in implementing LTPD.

These discussion items and many more hard-hitting topics surrounding player development will be aired throughout the 100th Anniversary Minor Hockey Summit presented by Scotiabank.  Be sure to join Hockey Manitoba and special guests Dr. Stephen Norris, George Kingston, and Paul Carson to help shape our game for the next 100 years.


In addition to the development presentations & workshop the Summit agenda will also include:

  • Hockey Hot Stove
  • 1-on-1 with Paul Carson
  • Leadership Seminar
  • Minor Hockey Association Registrar Workshop
  • Minor Hockey Summit – Player Development
  • 100th Anniversary Presentation


For more information or to register for the Hockey Manitoba 100th Anniversary Minor Hockey Summit presented by Scotiabank please CLICK HERE.

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