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High Performance Symposiums

May 2015 - USA Hockey High Performance Symposium

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 Presentations

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.

Symposium Attendees Eager to Activate

05/19/2015, 8:15am MDT
By USA Hockey

2015 Symposium Presenters

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