In conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee’s Coaching Program, USA Hockey hosted a symposium focused on the development of elite teenage athletes. Sixty attendees were selected from a cross-section of programs throughout the U.S., along with other groups influencing the American player pool. The attendees came from USA Hockey Tier I programs, high school programs, prep school programs and junior hockey programs.
Symposium presenters included experts from the USOC’s sport performance staff, the NCAA, NHL, USA Hockey and other elite-level developmental programs from around the U.S. and the international sporting community.
As participation was limited based on available space, USA Hockey hopes to make this a recurring event so that additional candidates have the opportunity to attend in coming years. But, in order to share the knowledge from our first High Performance Symposium, we have assembled several of the video presentations from selected presenters here and we'll be posting additional information as it is developed.
In its truest sense, high-performance sport really only exists at the Olympic and professional levels, where true performance-on-demand is the benchmark for success or failure. However, there should be nothing that limits the developmental coach from being high-performance in the delivery of their programming or the environment that they create for our young players. We hope that by sharing this information, USA Hockey assists our best developmental coaches in their quest for continual improvement.
Symposium attendees ponder a teamwork challenge during a sport psychology session at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Players and coaches explore new concepts during an on-ice session at the 2015 USA Hockey High Performance Symposium.
|Dr. Scott Riewald||High Performance Director, USOC|
|Dr. Stephen Norris||Executive Vice President, WinSport Canada|
|John Kessel||Director of Sport Development, USA Volleyball|
|Laurent Papillon||Technical Expert, FIFA Performance Program|
|Lars Marklund||Hockey Director and U20 Coach, Skelleftea AIK|
|Hans Wallson||Head Coach, 1st Team, Skelleftea AIK|
|Darryl Nelson||Strength and Conditioning Coach, NTDP|
|Alicia Kendig||Sports Dietitian, USOC|
|Dr. Peter Haberl||Senior Sport Pyschologist, USOC|
|Jerry York||Head Coach, Boston College|
|Dean Blais||Head Coach, Nebraska Omaha|
|Frank Serratore||Head Coach, Air Force Academy|
|Dr. Larry Lauer||Mental Skills Specialist, USTA|
|Tommi Niemela||Head Coach, Finnish Ice Hockey Association|
|Kevin Reiter||Goaltending Coach, NTDP|
|Tim Anderson||Goaltending Coach, Chicago Mission|
|Nelson Emmerson||Director of Player Development, Los Angeles Kings|
|Tony Gasparini||Scout, Los Angeles Kings|
|Don Granato||Head Coach, NTDP|
|Mike Sullivan||Development Coach, Chicago Blackhawks|
|Lou Vario||Director of Special Projects, 1984 U.S. Olympic Team Head Coach|