Friday, 30 July 2010

McCrimmon Headed to World Hockey Summit

Brandon Wheat Kings' General Manager and Coach Kelly McCrimmon has been invited to take part in next month's World Hockey Summit in Toronto.

McCrimmon will be on the panelists during the discussion on Junior Development in the World on August 24th.

"There'll be presentations made and then I'll sit on a panel that will comment on those presentations, engage in discussion with other panelists and take questions from the other people in attendance," says McCrimmon, "The discussion we've had among, it sounds very interesting."

The presentations will be made by Slavomir Lerner, director and head coach of the Czech Republic national team and IIHF vice-president Murray Costello while Buffalo Sabres' GM Darcy Regier and Central Collegiate Hockey Association Commissioner Tom Anastos are among the other panelists.

In addition to assessing the results and figures from the IIHF World (U20) Junior Championship, the Olympics and the NHL Entry Draft, a Hockey Canada release also indicated the session topics will include:

- the impact of European migration to the Canadian junior ranks.

- effects of Europeans leaving for the NHL and AHL.

- strategies for maintaining the popularity of the IIHF World Junior Championship.

- addressing the developmental shortcomings in elite junior and college programs.

While McCrimmon's direct involvement in the Summit will be the afternoon of August 24, his intention will be to attend all four days of the Summitt.

"It's something I think I'll find very worthwhile," says McCrimmon, "I'm interested in attending the rest of the conference with the different topics that will be discussed and some of the real good hockey people that will be presenting and speaking to those points."

In addition to the Junior Hockey discussion, six other sessions will take place.

- Player Skill Development

- Vancouver 2010 Evaluation

- Establishing a Long-Term Global Event Agenda

- Women's Hockey After Vancouver 2010

- Growing Participation in Hockey

In addition to the labelled topics, McCrimmon says there's bound to be a lot of other informal discussion during the week.

"The topics that are being discussed are publicized at this point but I think there's going to be a lot of discussion above and beyond that," says McCrimmon, "Anytime you have good hockey people to share thoughts and ideas, it's good for everyone involved in the game."

The World Hockey Summit will take place from August 23-26 in Toronto.

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