June 2017 Chicago, Illinois at United Center, Home of the Chicago Blackhawks
Every June the NHL Entry Draft sets the future of hockey in motion as a global onslaught of talented stickmen discover the next move of their career. But the success stories coming out of Buffalo aren't limited to the young men in pads, those attending the Sports Management Worldwide NHL Draft Career Conference will be setting the stage for their career growth in the hockey industry too.
Our annual NHL Draft Hockey Career Conference provides people of all ages with a desire to work in professional hockey insight and exposure they can't get anywhere else:
Network with hockey executives
Receive career guidance from hockey insiders
Discover who is hiring and what you need to know to get hired
Connect with other hockey career minded individuals
Learn strategies to catapult your career to the next level
Ask questions of hockey executives, scouts, media members and more
But the benefits don't end there – conference registration includes lower bowl tickets to both days of the NHL Draft!
Registration is currently closed. Please review the 2016 agenda below and stay tuned for updates on the 2017 conference!
Why You Should Attend the 2017 NHL Draft Career Conference
This 2-day event will offer unique panel discussions and Q & A sessions with some of the biggest names in the world of hockey. All attendees will also have the opportunity to network with hockey industry insiders who are deeply connected to the sport.
"Attending the SMWW NHL Career Conference opened doors to opportunities I wouldn't have known about otherwise," says Brittany Wong, Broadcast Media student at Ryerson University and 2015 Conference attendee. "The wide range of industry professionals provided something for everyone, from scouting to marketing and business operations – this conference has it all."
If you want to start a career in hockey or advance your current one, attending the SMWW NHL Draft Career Conference is the move you need to make. Find out who is hiring and for what roles, network with hockey executives, and learn strategies to catapult your career to the next level.
"Our NHL Draft Career Conference provides an invaluable opportunity for attendees to learn about careers in the NHL while networking with some of the biggest names in the industry," says Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, President of Sports Management Worldwide. "Agents, GM's, Directors of Player Personnel and Marketing Executives all will be present, meeting and speaking with attendees. This is a unique event!"
Past conference speakers have included team executives like the Calgary Flames Brian Burke and Detroit Red Wings Ken Holland, powerful sports agents like Pat Brisson and Rick Curran, media members like NHL Network Senior Reporter EJ Hradek, head coaches, personnel executives, scouts and more.
"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," confirms Dylan Skubel, Ontario Minor Hockey Association Referee and Linesman.
Hockey careers start with Sports Management Worldwide, and our annual NHL Draft Career Conference is a great way to get introduced to the people behind the scenes that make the game great.
"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," says Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations, Brian Burke.
The 2016 agenda is provided as an example of what to expect in 2017. Information will be updated as it becomes available. SMWW is assigned space at the Draft by the NHL after they make accommodations for the draft picks, NHL executives, and NHL teams staff.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:30pm- 9:30pm: SMWW Welcome Reception (Optional)
Come network with hockey executives, SMWW Staff, and other hockey conference attendees. Held at Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill, just two blocks from the Buffalo Convention Center, the welcome reception is always a great time. Everyone there is excited about the career conference, learning from each other and sharing a few adult beverages.
It's optional… but you really shouldn't miss it!
Friday, June 24, 2016 9am-5pm:
Hockey Business & Career Conference at the Buffalo Convention Center. A day filled with executive panels, discussions about the business of hockey and Q&A periods with those working at the highest level of professional hockey. Includes a networking lunch.
Friday, June 24, 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.
Saturday, June 25, 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.
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
Where is the SMWW NHL Draft Career Conference?
The conference sessions will be held in downtown Buffalo at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York 14202
The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will be held in First Niagara Center, Home of the Buffalo Sabres:
1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203
NHL Draft Career Conference Registration Includes:
Seeing major events first hand is a great way to improve your industry knowledge and connection. That is why we have included one ticket to both days of the 2016 NHL Draft as part of your conference registration. Being able to experience a live event like the NHL Draft is exciting and rewarding!
All of the tickets we distribute are in the lower bowl (100 level) and grant access to all 7 rounds. Tickets will be distributed at conference check-in on Friday. Additional tickets are not available.
Thursday night Welcome Reception (location TBD)
Friday Networking Lunch
SMWW Name badge
Registration packet including conference agenda and speaker biographies
Admission to all conference sessions
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 without war rooms at team offices, instead, teams bring their entire personnel staff right to the draft. Each team brings their GM, top player personnel executives and their scouts, all the key decision makers for each team will be right in front of you!
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.
** Please note, conference fee does not include hotel accommodations
Walk-up registrations will not be accepted. Please register online in advance.
Check Out Our Photos From The 2016 Conference In Buffalo, NY!
2015 Speakers (2017 speakers to be announced at a later date)
Note: Due to Team Meetings, speakers are not guaranteed and will change. The closer we get to the date, the more accurate the schedule becomes as executives do not yet know their team meeting schedules. Keep coming back to this agenda to see the most recent additions all the way up to draft day!
Past Speakers Have Included:
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 Defenseman & 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…
8:45am Opening Remarks with Lynn Lashbrook Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW Founder & President of SMWW
9:00am Business of Hockey - Family Affair Brian Burke, NHL Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations
Patrick Burke, NHL Director of Safet
10:00am Broadcasting - Where We Have Been, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going John Shannon, Sportsnet.ca Sportscaster
EJ Hradek, Host, NHL Live, former SMWW Faculty
11:00am Player Management - Role of Agent/Advisor Rick Curran, Orr Hockey Group NHL Agen
11:45am Getting The Message Out - PR, Media & Communications Kelly Friesen, PPI Hockey Vice President & Yahoo! Sports
Burton Lee, OHL Peterborough Petes, Executive Dir., Business Operations
Mike Sundheim, NHL Carolina Hurricanes VP of Communications
12:30-1:30pm Traditional Buffalo Lunch Buffet
1:30pm Everything you always wanted to ask HR:"What do you look for in a resume? What's your favorite interview question? When should I follow up? Christie Joseph, NHL Buffalo Sabres Vice President of Human Resources
2:15pm Managing & Scouting At The Junior Hockey Level Moderator: Dino Caputo, Tri-City Americans Scout, and SMWW Faculty Trevor Whiffen, OHL London Knights Governor
Dave Brown, OHL Erie Otters General Manager
Roger Shannon, QMJHL Moncton Wildcats Dir. of Hockey Operations/Scouting
3:15pm Expanding Opportunity - Hockey Analytics Moderator: Mike Oke, OHL Peterborough Petes GM, and SMWW Faculty Mike Oke, OHL Peterborough Petes GM
Graham Beamish, NHL Buffalo Sabres Pro Scouting Coordinator
Bob Teofilo, NHL Arizona Coyotes Director of Hockey Operations and Analytics
Zac Urback, OHL Mississauga Steelheads Hockey Club Coordinator of Hockey Analytics
3:15pm Expanding Opportunity - Hockey Analytics (cont'd) Drake Berehowsky, Statstrack Founder, Former Associate Coach of the OHL Sudbury Wolves, and NHL Player
Marc Appleby, PowerScout Hockey Solutions Architect, Founder and President
4:00pm SMWW Success Stories Justin Shemie, Moncton Wildcats Hockey Club, Scout & Concordia University Men's Hockey Team, Head Scout •
Jeff Baidoo, Minnesota Wild Associate Account Executive, New Business Development •
Lori Seguin, Lake Superior State University and Women's Ice Hockey Head Coach •
Casey Torres, Scout - Peterborough Petes
4:30pm Closing Remarks
5:00pm Walk to First Niagara Center, Home of the Buffalo Sabres
5:00pm First Niagara Center Doors Open - Stanley Cup Viewing
4-10:00pm Fan Fest @ Canalside, 44 Prime St.
6:45pm BE IN YOUR SEAT FOR THE LIVE BROADCAST
7:00pm Round 1 of the 2016 NHL Draft Rick Curran, Orr Hockey Group NHL Agen
Saturday, June 25
10:00am-2pm Rounds 2-7 of the NHL Draft (On your own. Sit with someone you met this week!)
Scholarships For the NHL Draft Career Conference Are Available
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, submit your resume and a one-page letter explaining why you should receive a scholarship to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Those who have completed an SMWW training program will be given preference.
"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."
Moncton Wildcats Scout
SMWW’s hockey conference is where I found my first job in hockey. Today I am the Head Scout of the Concordia University Men’s team and a scout for the Moncton Wildcats. I would not have built the contacts that got me to where I am today without attending their conferences.
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.