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Guest Speakers and Seminars announced for 2016 OMHA AGM

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 05/19/16, 2:45PM EDT

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Register and listen to Ken Dryden and Serge Savard

The 2016 OMHA Annual General Meeting is less than a month away and we are excited to announce some of the exciting leadership seminars and presenters that will be present at the event.

Every year, delegates from across the OMHA meet to discuss the past year’s accomplishments, challenges, initiatives and more. During these meetings, amendments to OMHA By-Laws and Regulations for the upcoming season are also addressed.

If you are interested in having your voice heard, register to become a delegate at the AGM or sign up for a seminar.

The guest speakers for the dinner on Friday June 10 have also been announced for the AGM: Serge Savard and Ken Dryden of Team Canada 1972. They will relive and share stories and memories of the iconic eight-game series against the Soviets, one of our Nation’s finest moments. Comprised of some of the best hockey talent in the world, Team Canada defeated Team USSR 4-3-1 in the thrilling eight game series. One of the most memorable goals in hockey history occurred in the deciding game, with Paul Henderson finding the back of the net in the final minute of play. This team remains one of the greatest assemblies of talent ever created.

Serge Savard: One of the best skaters to ever suit up for the Montreal Canadiens, Serge Savard won the Stanley Cup eight times as a player and twice as the general manager. In 1969, he became the first defenceman to ever win the Conn Smythe trophy. He is also a four-time All-Star. The creator of the ‘Spinorama’ was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.

Ken Dryden: A six-time Stanley Cup winner and a five-time Vezina Trophy recipient, Ken Dryden was also named a first-team All-Star five times during his decade-long career with the Montreal Canadiens. Dryden is also a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and his #29 was retired by Montreal. After his playing career, Dryden was elected to Parliament, representing York Centre from 2004-2011.

Here is a description of some of the seminars that will occur at the AGM this year:

Managing Registration and Eligibility for Residentially Restricted Programming

Pre-registration of players prior to tryouts in conjunction with managing tryout lists and its importance will be discussed. Identifying players that are participating in your association’s programming who are not eligible for representative hockey and the importance of communicating this information to the participant and their family will also be covered as well as Right of Choice players (making their choice – how and when).

Concussions, Baseline Testing and Return to Play: What you need to know with Dr. Shannon Bauman, MD Founder/Medical Director Concussion North

The health and safety of our players has always been a top priority. Concussions and head trauma are serious injuries and should be dealt with caution. Making sure a player is 100% ready to go before returning is crucial for long-term health.

Dr. Shannon Bauman has been caring for athletes of all levels for the last 10 years, from recreational to professional and national level competitors. She graduated from medical school at McMaster University, and completed a specialty in Family Medicine from Queen’s University.  She returned to McMaster to pursue a fellowship in Sports Medicine. Bauman has been involved with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Toronto Rock, Toronto Nationals, Hamilton Nationals, World Cup Sledge Hockey 2009, 2010 Vancouver Olympics Men's Sledge Hockey, and Team Canada Senior Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.

Defining and Growing your Association’s Brand with Chris Walling, Brandfire Marketing Group

What do people think about your association? How can you make them more aware of the values and goals of your association? Defining and sharing your message is key to your membership.

Chris Walling is an experienced brand marketing professional with nearly 20 years of experience in working on consumer brands both in the traditional and sport industries. He worked with Spalding and Callaway Golf before founding Brandfire, a strategic brand and creative agency. Walling leads overall strategic planning for all the agencies’ clients and also leads its digital and social media teams across the full client portfolio.

Digital Marketing and OMHA Programs & Events

A look at the effect ‘The Information Age’ has had on how people access information and how marketers should respond. As well, a look at OMHA Programs and Events.

Risk Management and Respect with Respect Group Inc. Ontario Director Mark Allen

Respect is one of the most important basis of the OMHA and is at the core of all of our programs. Ensuring that hockey remains a safe and enjoyable sport for everyone is something the OMHA takes very seriously.

Mark Allen served with the Ontario Provincial Police for nearly 35 years, retiring as the Inspector responsible for Crime Prevention in Ontario. During Mark’s career he took a strong leadership role through the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, to ensure police and education worked closely, to help keep kids safe and engage police in the lives of young people. Mark lead the Provincial Lockdown Working group, which resulted in Ontario becoming the first province in Canada, to establish mandatory lockdown plans for all schools.

Additional seminars include Technology and Sponsorships and an update on NCCP.

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