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2013 NHL Draft Hockey Career Conference
June 29 & 30, 2013
New York City Marriott Marquis
Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey
NHL Draft Tickets included in registration!
Join Sports Management Worldwide for the SMWW Hockey Conference at the 2013 NHL Draft as Prudential Center Arena in Newark, New Jersey, home of the New Jersey Devils, 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 New York City & Newark, New Jersey area.
SMWW Hockey Conference at the 2013 NHL Draft
- Saturday, June 29, 2013 9am-5pm Hockey Business & Career Conference at the NHL Headquarter Hotel, the Times Square Marriott Marquis in New York City, New York. A day filled with hockey business panels, hockey business discussions, and question-answer periods with those working at the highest level of professional hockey.
- Sunday, June 30, 2013 3pm till approximately 10pm, the NHL Draft will be held in Prudential Center Arena, Newark, New Jersey. All 7 rounds of the draft will be held in one day. Conference registration includes lower bowl tickets to the NHL Draft.
Have your picture taken with the Stanley Cup at the NHL Draft in Prudential Center!
- Conference Sessions are held at:
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, New York 10036 USA
(NHL Headquarter Hotel)
Most NHL teams and NHL prospects will be staying in the New York Times Square area. We recommend you book rooms early. We are not offering a block of hotel sleeping rooms. You will need to book on your own.
The 2013 NHL Entry Draft will be held at:
Prudential Center Arena
25 Lafayette Street
Newark, New Jersey, USA
NHL Personnel will be traveling from the Marriott Marquis to Prudential Center in Newark by bus. SMWW has arranged for all attendees to be able to ride these buses. So if you are staying near Times Square, you can ride back and forth to Prudential Center in Newark. Buses run every half hour or so. Must wear your SMWW Name Badge to ride buses.
Anyone 16 years or older. (Exceptions made upon request.) 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!
A ticket to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. (One ticket per registration. Tickets will be distributed at conference check in on Saturday. Additional tickets not available. Registration includes name badge, registration packet, conference sessions, Saturday Lunch at the NYC Marriott Marquis and the 2013 NHL Draft ticket at Newark Prudential Center.
Student Discount is available for high school and college students and SMWW Alumni. Most attendees are not college students but sports people looking to start or advance their career in professional or collegiate sportsl. However, for those of you who are in college and would like transferable credits to your school, one hour of college credit is available. After you register for the conference, one college credit is available here.
Read an article in the Hockey Sentinel about the 2013 event here.
- General Public Online Registration: Before June 29th: $325 (Click here)
- College & High School student & SMWW Alumni Online Registration: Before June 29th: $300 (Click here)(School name will be on your name badge and school will be verified. SMWW Students and Alumni receive this rate.)
- Team Employees & Coaches, SMWW Agents, and registered NHLPA agents Online Registration: Before June 29th: $250 (Click here)
(Team or agency name will be on your name badge.)
Note: Conference Fee does not include hotel accommodations.
This event has sold out in previous years. Space is limited to 125.
2013 Speakers include:
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!
Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings GM & EVP
Pat Brisson, NHLPA Agent CAA (Represents Sidney Crosby, John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Anže Kopitar, Erik Johnson, Patrick Kane, Daniel Briere, Claude Giroux, Martin Brodeur, and Jonathan Toews. Brisson enters the 2013 NHL Draft representing the #1 and #2-ranked prospects, Seth Jones and Nathan MacKinnon)
Brian Burke, former Toronto Leafs GM
Jon Christiano, Buffalo Sabres Director of Pro Scouting
EJ Hradek, Sr Reporter for NHL Network/NHL.com. Host, NHL Live!
Jim Price, Rinknet Scouting
Trevor Whiffen, OHL London Knights Governor & Memorial Cup Chairman
Mike Johnston, WHL Portland Winterhawks GM & Head Coach
Travis Green, WHL Portland Winterhawks Asst. Coach
Kyle Gustafson, WHL Winterhawks Asst Coach
Dino Caputo, Tri City Americans Scout
Mike Oke, OHL Peterborough Petes GM
Szymon Szemberg, International Ice Hockey Federation (25% of all NHL players are from Europe)
Joe Favorito, Sports Media Guru
Chris Botta, Sports Business Journal/New York Times writer on NHL
Brandt Berglund, XOS Technology
Stu Siegel, International Scouting Services
Lisa Hollenbeck - WHL Portland Winterhawks Executive Assistant, Hockey Operations
Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, Sports Management Worldwide President
2013 Hockey Career Conference Agenda:
Saturday, June 29, 2013
9am Scouting the NHL with Jon Christiano - Buffalo Sabres Director of Pro Scouting
9:30am Hockey Media & Marketing Panel
- Joe Favorito - Communications & Strategic Marketing Pro
- Chris Botta - NHL Writer for the Sports Business Journal & New York Times
10:30am NHL Player Representation
- Pat Brisson, NHLPA Certified Agent to Sidney Crosby, Martin Brodeur, John Tavares, Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and many more
11:15am The Life of a NHL General Manager
- Ken Holland - Detroit Red Wings GM & EVP
12 noon - Networking Lunch provided
1pm - The Technology of Scouting with Rinknet. Rinknet Scouting Software is used by every NHL team and 3100 hockey executives every day.
- Jim Price - Rinknet Scouting President
1:30pm - Host of the Memorial Cup - the hardest championship to win in all of hockey.
- Trevor Whiffen - London Knights Governor & Memorial Cup Chairman
2pm - Career Strategies with Brian Burke
- Brian Burke - currently Anaheim Ducks Advisor and Scout, former GM of four NHL Teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2010 Olympic Men's Team, Vancouver Canucks, and the Anaheim Ducks.
3:15pm - The European Perspective - 25% of NHL Players come from Europe
- Szymon Szemberg - International Ice Hockey Federation
3:45pm - Your Career in Hockey
- Mike Oke - OHL Peterborough Petes GM
- Dino Caputo - Tri City Americans Scout
4:30pm - WHL Champion Portland Winterhawks
- Mike Johnston - Portland Winterhawks GM & Coach
- Kyle Gustafson - Portland Winterhawks Asst. Coach
- Travis Green - Portland Winterhawks Asst. Coach
- Lisa Hollenbeck - Portland Winterhawks Executive Asst.
5:15pm Closing Remarks - Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, Sports Management Worldwide
5:30pm Happy Hour (optional) and no host bar networking in the Marriott Marquis Sports Bar.
Sunday June 30th, 2013 (optional)
10am Buses to draft begin from the Marriott to Prudential Center (SMWW Attendees only)
10:30am NHL Fan Fest - Live Music, carnival games, food vendors, Ferris Wheel, giveaways on the Championship Plaza out side Prudential Center
1pm - Prudential Center Doors open. Various hockey trophies available on the Arena lower concourse.
2:55pm - All NHL Draft Conference attendees must be seated for draft for live televison.
3pm - First Round of the 2013 NHL Draft (tickets included)
3pm- 10:30pm Rounds 1-7
General Public Online Registration: $275
(Click here for GENERAL registration.)
Student & SMWW Alumni Online Registration: $250
(Click here for STUDENT registration.)
(School name will be on your name badge and school will be verified. SMWW Students and Alumni receive this rate.)
Team Employees & Coaches, SMWW Agents, and registered NHLPA agents Online Registration: $225
(Click here for TEAM OR AGENT registration)
(Team or agency name will be on your name badge.)
(Conference Fee does not include hotel accommodations)
Note: This event has sold out in previous years. Space is limited.
Click Here to register online
More about the NHL Draft: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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2011 Hockey Career Conference Agenda
7:30pm - Networking Welcome Reception (optional)
7:30am Brian Burke, Toronto Maple Leafs GM
8am Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
8:15am Bill Robertson MN Wild VP
9am USHL Commissioner - Skip Prince
9:30am Brian Lawton – former Tampa Bay Lightening GM
10:30am – Media Panel –Dave Schwartz, Minneapolis TV Sportscaster, and Mike Rand, Minneapolis Star Tribune Asst. Sports Editor & Steve Nash, Integrity Sports
11:15am – Lunch
12:30pm – Matt Keator, NHLPA Certified Agent and Family Advisor & Scott Mayfield, NHL Draft Prospect
1:15pm – Minor League and International Hockey Panel: Mike Johnston, (Winterhawks GM), Kyle Dubas, (Sault Ste Marie GM), Trevor Whiffen (London Knights Governor) and Dean Fedorchuk, International Coach
2:15pm – Scouting Panel: Mike Oke (Peterborough Petes), Tavis McMillian, (Thrashers), Gordie Roberts, HOF & Pro Scout, Brant Berglund, XOS Digital
3pm – Patrick Klinger, Twins VP, Brad Madson, Vikings Community Relations, Suzie Gebre Hewitt, Timberwolves Corporate A.E.
4:30pm Board NHL Buses to Xcel Energy Center
4pm – Xcel Energy Center opens
6pm – First Pick of the 2011 NHL Draft (Tickets included in registration fee)
10am-2pm Rounds 2-7 of the 2011 NHL Draft (Tickets included in registration fee)
2010 Hockey Career Conference Agenda
Thursday, June 24th, 2010:
(in the Los Angeles Sheraton Downtown)
4pm-6pm - Registration
7pm- 9pm Welcome Reception
Join the networking and keynote speakers at the TOP of the LA Sheraton in the Polaris on the 26th floor. Featuring 360 degree views of downtown Los Angeles.
Welcome and introducations - Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
Harry Sinden, former Boston Bruins GM
Kerry Goulet – Shoot for a Cure & 29 Sports
Friday, June 25th, 2010:
(Los Angeles Sheraton Downtown)
7am Registration for late night arrivals
8am Welcome - Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
8am-9am Media & Sports Broadcasting, Journalism Panel:
10am Scouting Panel:
Bob Miller, LA Kings Announcer & NHL Hall of Fame of Broadcasters
EJ Hradek, ESPN & NHL Network
Larry Brooks, New York Post Beat Writer & Columnist
The Hockey News named Larry, Top 100 People of Power and Influence in NHL a record 7 times.
9am Junior Hockey Panel:
Trevor Whiffen, London Knights Governor
Wade Klippenstein, Prince George Cougars Asst. GM
Mike Johnston, Portland Winter Hawks GM & Coach
Zoran Rajcic, Everett Silvertips Director of Business Operations
Mike Oke, Peterborough Petes and SMWW Faculty
Mike Pilon, Endeavor Sports Group President
Dino Caputo, Tri City Americans Scout & SMWW Faculty
11am Agent Panel:
Don Reynolds, Uptown Sports Management President
Kyle Dubas, Uptown Sports Management and youngest NHLPA Certified Agent
Anne Greenstin, the only female NHLPA Certified Agent
12:00-1:00 Lunch (Box Lunch provided)
Tavis McMillian, Atlanta Thrasher Amatuer Scout
1pm Sales & Marketing Panel
Tracie Jones – Anaheim Ducks, Director of Marketing
Chris McGowan – LA Kings Senior VP, Chief Marketing Officer
Jon Lowe – LA Kings Senior Director, Marketing & Promotions
2pm Success Stories- "How to break in and move up"
Pat Edwards, International Scouting Services Scout
Ryan Colville, LA Kings Video Coordinator
Jeff Monahan, LA Kings Office Coordinator, Season Ticket Service Executive
2:45pm - walk four blocks to the Staples Center
4pm - The 2010 NHL Entry Draft begins!
(Draft tickets provided at registration. Do not lose this ticket as it is for both days!)
Have your picture taken with the Stanley Cup
Saturday, June 26th, 2010:
10am - 2010 NHL Entry Draft continues at the Staples Center
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
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."
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."
"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
Questions? Contact email@example.com
2009 Conference Recap & Pictures
2008 Conference Recap & Pictures
2007 Conference Recap & Pictures
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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!