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Blackhawks to host NHL Coaches' Association Clinic

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The NHL Coaches' Association ("NHLCA"), in collaboration with the Chicago Blackhawks, will host the official 2017 NHLCA Coaches' Clinic on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The clinic kicks off the 2017 NHL Draft festivities, with round one of the Draft scheduled for Friday, June 23, followed by rounds 2-7 on Saturday, June 24 at the United Center.

The NHLCA Coaches' Clinic is held annually at the NHL Draft. It has been an amazing opportunity for NHL coaches to give back to the community by sharing their knowledge and expertise. The event provides education to more than 400 youth, amateur, junior, college and professional coaches through a variety of presentations and small-group sessions conducted by NHL coaches.

The clinic aims to educate coaches on the strategies and techniques used at the highest level of hockey and provide specific information relevant for every age group and level of play, ensuring that every attending coach receives instruction that is beneficial to his or her players' development.

Registration for the clinic includes one ticket to the 2017 NHL Draft as well as:

  • Full day session with seminars and breakout groups from the NHL's top coaches
  • Welcome breakfast, networking lunch and cocktail reception
  • Access to download all seminar presentations post-event
  • Training drills and takeaway coaching binder

Click here to register for the clinic.
Date: June 22, 2017
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Over 25 coaches are scheduled to attend the clinic, including Joel Quenneville (Head Coach, Chicago Blackhawks), Mike Babcock (Head Coach, Toronto Maple Leafs), Jon Cooper (Head Coach, Tampa Bay Lightning), Ken Hitchcock (Head Coach, Dallas Stars), Barry Trotz (Head Coach, Washington Capitals), Peter Laviolette (Head Coach, Nashville Predators), Mike Sullivan (Head Coach, Pittsburgh Penguins), Jeff Blashill (Head Coach, Detroit Red Wings), Glen Gulutzan (Head Coach, Calgary Flames) and many more.

"We strongly believe that community hockey coaches are important leaders for today's youth, and we are committed to supporting all coaches in developing the strategies and techniques they use by supporting them with education from our NHL coaches," said Michael Hirshfeld, Executive Director of the NHLCA.

Additionally, the NHLCA will host their First Annual NHLCA Celebrity Golf Classic on June 21, 2017, at Beverly Golf & Country Club in Chicago. The 18-hole scramble tournament will be limited to 25 exclusive foursomes, each hosted by a NHLCA member or NHL celebrity, and includes full exclusive use of Beverly Country Club for the day. The tournament will feature lunch, cocktail reception and awards dinner, as well as a silent and live auction. A limited number of foursomes and sponsorships remain available.

Accommodation: A limited number of rooms at a discounted group rate of $269 USD per night have been secured at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and are available for booking until May 20, 2017, by visiting

The NHLCA is proudly supported by the Executive Committee, which includes Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville (NHLCA President) along with Mike Babcock, Jon Cooper, Ken Hitchcock and Mike Sullivan. The NHLCA Honorary Board is comprised of Scotty Bowman, Terry Crisp, Bryan Murray, Tom Renney and Larry Robinson.

For more information and to register for the clinic or golf event, please visit For sponsorship inquiries, please visit, or contact:

Michael Hirshfeld
Executive Director, NHL Coaches' Association, Inc.
Mobile: 416-319-1135

About the NHL Coaches' Association:
The NHL Coaches' Association is a professional organization representing head coaches - as well as associate, assistant and specialty coaches - who work with all 31 teams of the National Hockey League. Endorsed by the league, the NHLCA seeks to develop future coaches, give back to the hockey community, promote professional hockey and raise the profile of NHL coaches. One of the NHLCA's major initiatives is to develop future coaches from the youth level up to the highest levels of hockey. This is achieved through funding, supporting and hosting skills clinics and other programs that will help to educate all levels of hockey coaches within North America on the strategies and techniques used at the professional level.

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