CBC To Take Hockey Clinics Across Canada

Parents, players and coaches involved in minor hockey are once again invited to be part of the ultimate hockey clinic experience with coaching greats and CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA personalities in partnership with Hyundai Auto Canada. Hyundai Hockey Nation will occur over weekends between November 2011 and January 2012 in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Participants can register online exclusively at http://www.cbcsports.ca/hockeynation.

Hyundai Hockey Nation features a series of fun and highly informative clinics, available free to players of all skill levels. The clinics will be run by one of Canada’s foremost hockey trainers, Ron Davidson, working with local minor hockey associations. Davidson, a member of Canada’s hockey team at the 1980 Olympic Games, is the author of Play Better Hockey, a book focused on skills development.

Joining Davidson at select clinics will be veteran NHL coach Pat Quinn, who was behind the bench for the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, L.A. Kings and Philadelphia Flyers over the course of his career. He coached Team Canada to Gold at the Salt Lake City Olympics, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, the 2008 World Under-18 Championship and the 2009 World Junior Championship.

“Hyundai Hockey Nation is all about delivering a truly remarkable and valuable hockey experience,” said John Vernile, Vice President of Marketing at Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. “It’s not every day that children can learn valuable skills from some of the best professional hockey instructors in the world. The program also connects minor hockey coaches with a team of world-class professionals to learn how to develop the strategies and tactics to help kids play better, smarter and safer hockey.”

Hyundai Hockey Nation gets underway in Halifax on the weekend of November 18-20. Each camp starts on Friday night with a coaching symposium that will provide valuable insight for coaches ranging from practice planning and management to in-game strategy and execution. The focus shifts to the kids on Saturday and Sunday with interactive on- and off-ice clinics offering hands-on coaching instructions and drills for the registered players. Each event will be open to all community residents.

Hyundai Hockey Nation event schedule:

Date City Location

Nov 18-20 Halifax, NS BMO Centre

Nov. 25-27 Montreal, QC Centre Civique Dollard-des-Ormeaux

Dec. 9-11 Ottawa, ON Ray Friel Recreation Complex

Dec. 16-18 Toronto, ON Downsview Arena

Jan. 6-8 Winnipeg, MB Max Bell Arena

Jan. 13-15 Calgary, AB Acadia Recreation Centre

Jan. 20-22 Edmonton, AB Millwoods Recreation Centre

Jan. 27-29 Vancouver, BC South Surrey Arena


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