The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Hockey Canada and Hockey Canada will organize the conference.
At a press conference announcing the event, Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier said : “As a professional hockey team and member of the sports community in Quebec, our organization looks forward to being actively involved in the Quebec Hockey Summit and contributing to the growth of our game among the youth. Alongside the other leading members of the Quebec hockey community, we intend to offer our support to further develop the game of hockey across the province.”
The event’s official name is the Molson Export Quebec Hockey Summit. The theme is the “challenges facing hockey” in the province of Quebec.
No word yet on whether the role of beer in hockey is on the agenda.
* Long-term player development: “Exploring opportunities for development based on age; analyzing the development arc; actions currently being taken in Quebec; challenges facing development in Quebec.”
* Player development through the program of excellence: “Development opportunities for 16 year-old players and older; options following their internship; actions currently being taken in Quebec.
* Creating a safe environment through positive behaviour and attitude: “Issues facing player health, including concussions; studies on hockey injuries; impact of rules; importance of adequately utilizing body checks and how players can better protect themselves on the ice.”
Recruitment and retention of players: “Presentation of the demographic statistics from the Province of Quebec; Hockey Québec membership; new activities and initiatives; women’s hockey. “
The event will be open to the public, with agenda specifics to be announced at a later date.
We won’t want to miss Patrick Roy’s seminars on Good Sportsmanship and Anger Management.