WINNIPEG, MB – Hockey Manitoba is pleased to release further details and schedule for the inaugural Season Opener event held September 27-29, 2013 at Radisson Winnipeg by Canad Inns Downtown. Scott Oake (CBC Sports) and Jim Toth (CJOB Sports) have been confirmed as special guest hosts for the 2013-14 Hockey Manitoba Season Opener. Scott Oake, a Hockey Night In Canada sportscaster and past Gemini Award winner, will host the Hot Stove session on Friday, September 27. On Saturday, September 28 distinguished local radio personality, Jim Toth, will host an 1-on-1 session with Bob Nicholson to talk about the state of the minor hockey game in Canada covering key issues and discussion for further development.
The 2013-14 Hockey Manitoba Season Opener will feature a social gathering and Hot Stove session during the evening of Friday, September 27 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, Western Hockey League), Dr. Cal Botterill (renowned sports psychologist), Dr. Glen Bergeron (athlete development specialist), staff personnel from the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, among other special guests. The event will continue on Saturday, September 28 with a trade show and information forum featuring an interview with Bob Nicholson, and presentations such as Concussion Prevention & Safety with Dr. Glen Bergeron, Keys for Optimal Player Development with Dr. Stephen Norris, along with important Hockey Manitoba presentations pertaining to minor hockey operations in the province. Participants will also enjoy a lunch included with registration and access to the tradeshow featuring hockey & sport related companies such as retailers, manufacturers, fundraiser promotions and more. The weekend will then conclude on Sunday, September 29 with Hockey Manitoba Council meetings which essentially replaces the previous Fall Board Meetings for conducting pertinent business around that time of year.
The anticipated annual event is hoped to bring a festival-like atmosphere in commencing the start of the new hockey season geared towards the all minor hockey volunteers, parents, and coaches. Registration is FREE and includes an all-access pass, registration package, lanyard, Friday night hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, Saturday luncheon, and entry to win a pair of 2013-14 Winnipeg Jets tickets. In addition, 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 local association.
It is encouraged that all regional associations, minor hockey associations, community clubs and leagues, each 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. For more details or to register for the 2013-14 Hockey Manitoba Season Opener please visit www.hockeymanitoba.ca. Potential tradeshow vendors may also apply online to Hockey Manitoba; successful applicants will be required to pay a vendor set-up fee.
Hockey Manitoba thanks its Official Partners for their contribution to the development of amateur hockey; Canad Inns, Cargill Ltd., Awards & More, Reebok-CCM Hockey. Hockey Manitoba also recognizes the contributions of its Sport Partners; Hockey Canada, Sport Manitoba, Western Hockey League, Manitoba Junior Hockey League, MTS Iceplex, Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club and Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation. Visit www.hockeymanitoba.ca for current news, information & events or connect with Hockey Manitoba on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.