June 23-25, 2016 Buffalo, New York First Niagara Center "Home of the Buffalo Sabres!"
NHL Draft Tickets are included in registration. Sit in the lower bowl!
Experience the NHL Draft live!
Network with hockey executives
Career guidance from well known hockey executives
Insights on who is doing the hiring and what you need to know to get hired
Connect with hockey career minded individuals
Mentors who have been where you are and want to assist you with your hockey career
Insider information to changes in the industry that put your career on the fast track
Strategies to catapult your career to the next level
Join Sports Management Worldwide for the SMWW Hockey Conference at the 2016 NHL Draft as First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York, home of the Buffalo Sabres, becomes the center of the hockey universe. This is your opportunity to gain valuable insight into a variety of careers from those working at the highest level in hockey! This 2 day event will offer unique panel discussions and question-answer periods designed to solidify the knowledge of every participant. The conference will be split up into diverse speaker panels; including sports business, athlete representation, scouting, league management, and sports business strategies. Additionally, the NHL Draft is expected to attract over 10,000 visitors and more than 500 print, television, and radio media members to the Buffalo area.
Information about the 2016 event:
Information will be added as it becomes available. SMWW is assigned space by the NHL after they make accomadations for the draft picks, NHL executives, and NHL teams staff.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:30pm- 9:30pm:
Come network with hockey executives, SMWW Staff and hockey conference attendees. Held in a Buffalo Sports Bar or Conference space to be announced.
Friday, June 26, 2016 9am-5pm:
Hockey Business & Career Conference at a location to be announced. A day filled with hockey business panels, hockey business discussions, and question-answer periods with those working at the highest level of professional hockey. Includes a Networking Lunch.
Friday, June 26, 2016 7pm: Round 1 of the 2016 NHL Draft held in First Niagara Center, Home of the Buffalo Sabres Conference registration includes lower bowl tickets to both days of the NHL Draft. Transportation provided on the NHL Buses from downtown Buffalo hotels to the NHL Draft.
Saturday, June 27, 2016 10am: Rounds 2-7 of the NHL Draft held in First Niagara Center, Home of the Buffalo Sabres Conference registration includes lower bowl tickets to both days of the NHL Draft.Transportation provided on the NHL Buses from downtown Buffalo hotels to the NHL Draft.
Have your picture taken with the Stanley Cup at the NHL Draft!
Conference session location is to be announced.
The conference sessions will be held in downtown Buffalo. The NHL assigns SMWW space after they have assigned space to the NHL teams, NHL draft picks, and NHL execuitves. Register for the conference and you will be the first to know!
Most NHL teams and NHL prospects will be staying in the Buffalo area.
The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will be held in First Niagara Center, Home of the Buffalo Sabres.
Who Should Attend:
This conference is ideal to anyone interested in working or currently working in professional sports, but particularly the NHL and professional hockey. Attendees currently employed by a team, hockey coaches, and/or registered NHLPA agents are invited at a discount due to the fact they might want to skip some panels. The networking at this event is unmatched! Must be 18 years or older. (Exceptions made upon request.)
Conference Registration Includes:
One ticket to both days of the 2016 NHL Draft - A lower bowl (100 level) ticket to all 7 rounds . (One ticket per registration. Tickets will be distributed at conference check in on Friday. Additional tickets not available.
Thursday night Welcome Reception
Friday Networking Lunch
All Conference sessions
Conference Fees: (Hurry, Earlybird pricing ends February 29th, 2016)
(Conference Fee does not include hotel accommodations. Speakers are not guaranteed. This event has sold out in previous years. Space is limited. If you wait for locations to be announced or for speakers to be posted, space not be available.)
Questions about the workshop or group rates? Contact Alyssa email@example.com.
SMWW will award a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for each SMWW Career Conference. You must be 18 years or older to be considered. If interested, fill out an application and submit your resume and one page letter explaining why you should receive a scholarship to StudentServices@smww.com.
Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Those who have completed an SMWW training program will be given preference.
2015 Speakers included: (2016 speakers to be announced at a later date.)
Speakers are not guaranteed. Teams make meeting changes or events happen at the draft that require us to be flexible. We are constantly making speaker additions. Keep coming back to this agenda to see the most recent additions all the way up to draft day!
Speakers Include: (more being added!)
Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings, General Manager and Executive Vice President Brian Burke, Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, Sports Management Worldwide, President Rick Curran, NHL Agent, Orr Hockey Group EJ Hradek, Host, NHL Live Gordie Clark, New York Rangers, Director of Player Personnel Drake Berehowsky, statstrack Founder & Former NHL Player Ryan Bowness, Winnipeg Jets, Manager of Hockey Operations and Team Services Chris Snow, Calgary Flames, Director of Video and Statistical Analysis Patrick Burke, NHL Director of Player Safety Michael Schuckers, Co-Founder, Statistical Sports Consulting Neil Glasberg, PBI Sports and Entertainment, President Mike Oke, Peterborough Petes , General Manager Rick McLaughlin, Texas Stars, President/General Manager Harkie Singh, Uptown Sports Director of Player Development Cameron Lizotte, Peterborough Petes Defenceman & NHL Draft Prospect William Boll, Quantum Pro Hockey, Chief Operations Officer Adelyn Biedenbach, Florida Panthers Digital Media & Communications Dino Caputo, Tri Cities Americans, (WHL)Regional Scout, SMWW Faculty Marc-Andre Dumont, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, GM /Head Coach Serge Payer, NHL Agent Barclay Parneta, Tri Cities Americans Head Scout & Prospect Development Coach Zoran Rajcic, Everett Silvertips Executive VP and Asst. GM Lisa Hollenbeck, WHL Portland Winterhawks Director of Hockey Administration Rob Rossi, Pittsburgh Tribune Lead Sports Columnist And many more…
2015 HOCKEY CAREER CONFERENCE AGENDA
Agendas vary by year but this is a good sample so you know what to expect!
Thursday, June 25, 2015:
7:30pm - 9:30pm - Welcome Reception (optional) Location: McSorley's Rooftop Lounge
837 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Friday, June 26, 2015:
Location: Westin Beach Resort
321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 7:55am - Welcome with Lynn Lashbrook ** Conference attendees, please note this time change. 8:00am - Coffee with Brian Burke, President Hockey Operations, Calgary Flames and Patrick Burke, Director of Hockey Safety, NHL 8:30am - Scouting for an NHL Team Ryan Bowness, NHL Winnipeg Jets, Manager of Hockey Operations and Team Services
Gordie Clark, NHL New York Rangers, Director of Player Personnel 9:15am - Hockey Analytics Chris Snow, NHL Calgary Flames, Director of Video and Statistical Analysis
Michael Schuckers, Statistical Sports Consulting, Co-Founder
Drake Berehowsky, Statstrack Founder, former NHL Player 10:15amLife of a NHL Agent Rick Curran, The Bobby Orr Group, NHL Agent 11:00amLife of a NHL General Manager Ken Holland, NHL Detroit Red Wings General Manager 11:45am Sports Media & Communications: EJ Hradek, NHL Live Host
Adelyn Biedenbach, NHL Florida Panthers, Coordinator of Digital Media and Communications
Rob Rossi, Pittsburgh - Tribune Review Lead Sports Columnist 12:30pmLunch at Sky Terrace Rooftop at Westin Beach Resort
1:45pmHockey Operations at the Junior Level Dino Caputo, WHL Tri-Cities Americans, Regional Scout
Marc-Andre Dumont, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, General Manager and Head Coach
Barclay Parneta, WHL Tri-Cities Americans, Head Scout and Prospect Development Coach 2:30pm The Player Agent Relationship Neil Glasberg, PBI Sports and Entertainment, President
Serge Payer, NHL Player Agent
Cameron Lizotte, OHL Peterborough Petes Defenseman, 2015 NHL Draft Prospect
Harkie Singh, Uptown Sports Management, Director of Player Development 3:15pmHockey Marketing and Business Operations Zoran Rajcic, WHL Everett Silvertips, Executive Vice President and Asst. General Manager
Mike Oke, OHL Peterborough Petes, General Manager 3:45pm - Career Strategies in Hockey Lisa Hollenbeck, WHL Portland Winterhawks, Director of Hockey Administration
William Boll, Quantum Pro Hockey, COO 4:45pm - Closing statement from Dr. Lynn Lashbrook
7:00pm - NHL Draft Round 1 begins at the BB&T Center
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Location: BB&T Center
8:00am - Doors open
10:00am - NHL Draft Rounds 2 - 7
Download a Copy of the 2015 NHL Program Here:
NHL Draft Information
For those of you who have never experienced the NHL draft "live" it is fascinating! The National Hockey League is the lone sports league in which all of its teams bring their staffs to the draft site instead of having war rooms at home and just a few people to answer the phone on the draft floor. Although there is a personnel limit of 21 at each team draft table, NHL franchises typically dispatch anywhere from 30 to 50 staffers per team on draft week. For those of us who work in sports in all the leagues, we feel this is the most exciting draft to attend. Each team brings their GM, top player personnel and all their scouts. Imagine watching the top 600 NHL executives on the arena floor making decisions for their teams that will affect years of hockey. This is a must attend event for any hockey fan.
Questions can be directed to alyssa at smww.com. But please keep in mind, this event is in the organizational stages and we will list details as they come available on this website. Agenda changes will happen right up till the day of the draft.
SMWW offers sports internship opportunities throughout the year in both our Portland, Oregon and Gloucester, England offices. Visit this page for more information. SMWW conducts interviews at SMWW Career Conferences.
Read an article in the Hockey Sentinel about the 2013 event here.
What do folks in the industry say about SMWW Career conferences?
"I would highly recommend to anyone with a goal of pursuing a career in Professional Hockey that they give serious consideration in attending the NHL Draft Career Conference which is absolutely an incredible value for the return on the investment." Patrick Edwards
International Scouting Services - Hockey Scout
"I am happy to report that thanks to that SMWW Sports Career conference I got an internship with the Indiana Pacers!"Tyler Hackman
"This is the 'must attend' event of the year for those involved in sports management programs who truly care about experiential education, establishing networking contacts with senior level executives, and exposing students to visionary thinkers in the field of Sports Management. Few people in the world can attract this level of talent and put them in one room to share their experiences. The SMWW Sports Career Conference is the kind of student-focused activity that will raise retention rates, career placement rates, and student satisfaction rates." Ted Bouras
"As an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Sports Management Program, I found the SMWW Sports conference to be informative and a great way to keep a pulse on what is going on in the sports industries, from professional sports to youth sports, from marketing to sports agency and athletic advising. The information gained and networking opportunities were endless." Janice E. Wardle
Sports Management & Internship Coordinator
Brian Burke, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Gordie Roberts, Pro Scout and NHL Hall of Famer Bill Robertson, Minnesota Wild VP of Communications & Broadcast Brian Lawton, former Tampa Bay Lightening GM Don Lucia, University of Minnesota Head Coach Mike Johnston, Portland Winterhawks, (WHL) GM and Head Coach Patrick Klinger, Minnesota Twins VP of Marketing Brad Madson, Minnesota Vikings Executive Director of Community Relations Matt Keator, NHL Agent, Olympic Sports Management Kyle Dubas, OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds GM (the youngest GM in the OHL) Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President Mike Oke, OHL Peterborough Petes Manager of Player Personnel Pat Edwards, Central US Scout, Peterborough Petes, OHL Patrick Burke, Philadelphia Flyers Scout (tentative) Dean Fedorchuk, Straubing Tigers & Kassel Huskies, German Elite League Head Coach (DEL) Trevor Whiffen, OHL London Knights Governor & Sports & Entertainment Attorney Dave Schwartz, Minneapolis KARE-TV Sportscaster Steve Nash, Integrity Sports Broadcasting Suzie Gebre Hewitt, Minnesota Timberwolves Corporate Account Executive
and many, many, more!
Brian Burke Calagary Flames GM
"If you are thinking about a career in hockey, SMWW is a cutting edge program that offers you the training, skills, vital networking, mentoring, and hockey specific training that will assist you in breaking in or advancing your career in professional hockey. They have hundreds of graduates now working at all levels of the game."
Mike Johnston Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach
"SMWW is a quality organization. I personally have hired their graduates!"
EJ Hradek NHL Network
"SMWW offers a tremendous opportunity for people to break into a career on the business side of hockey. "
The SMWW NHL Draft conference reenergizes you and sets you on a path for sports career success. There is a passion and enthusiasm you just don’t find in most other conferences. My network has expanded greatly since attending the conference, along with my confidence.
This conference is a must for anyone with a passion for hockey. As a Junior hockey coach I wanted to learn everything about the game, this conference taught me more than I could have imagined. Such a great program with so many great people.
University of Washington
The SMWW NHL Draft Career Conference is the most valuable and interesting career conference I have ever been to. My only regret is not doing it sooner.
SMWW gets the best speakers year after year, who are all able to speak with confidence and experience regarding a wide variety of topics in the hockey industry. Every moment at the conference was time well spent.
Attending the SMWW NHL Career Conference opened doors to opportunities I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. The wide range of industry professionals provided something for everyone, from scouting to marketing and business operations – this conference has it all.
University of Central Florida
SMWW has created a terrific event at the NHL Draft, helping people get on the path towards a career in hockey. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the amount of information that was shared.
The stories and honesty of each speaker was very informative and helpful. I left with more confidence that ever, this conference is filled with guidance.