2016 NHL Draft Hockey Career Conference

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:

    SMWW Welcome Reception. 
    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
  • Name badge
  • Registration packet
  • 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.)

General Admission: $300 $225 Early Bird Pricing  
College Students, Faculty & SMWW Alumni: $275 $200 Early Bird Pricing
(Your university will be on your name tag. All Sports Management Worldwide Students and Alumni are included at this rate.)  
Click Here to Register as a Student

Team, Agency Employees & SMWW Agents: $275 $200 Early Bird Pricing  
(The team or agency you currently work for will be on your name tag.) 

Questions about the workshop or group rates? Contact Alyssa at alyssa@smww.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…
And more...


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

10:15am Life of a NHL Agent
Rick Curran, The Bobby Orr Group, NHL Agent
11:00am Life 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

12:30pm Lunch at Sky Terrace Rooftop at Westin Beach Resort

1:45pm Hockey 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

3:15pm  Hockey 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.


Pictures and Recap of past NHL Draft conferences:

2009 NHL Draft Conference Recap & Pictures- Montreal, Quebec

2008 NHL Draft Conference Recap & Pictures - Ottawa, Ontario

2007 Conference Recap & Pictures- Columbus, Ohio

Click Here to register online

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
Prescott College

"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
Assistant Professor,
Sports Management & Internship Coordinator
Wilmington University


Contact workshop@smww.com

2009 Conference Recap & Pictures

2008 Conference Recap & Pictures

2007 Conference Recap & Pictures

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2011 Speakers: 

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 FedorchukStraubing 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!