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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

SMWW NHL Draft Career Conference

(Includes draft tickets to the lower bowl both days)

The Sports Management Worldwide NHL Draft Hockey Conference will present a full day of powerful and unique stories from some of the world’s greatest hockey visionaries.

Attendees will have a chance to network with top hockey executives as they share their wisdom on how to get ahead in sports business. The conference is also available for college credit (see website for more information).

The conference offers:

•Network with hockey executives

•Get cutting edge career advice

• Insight to the NHL Draft from those at the highest level

•Strategies on what you need to get hired

•Admission to the conference comes with a complimentary ticket in the lower bowl (100 section) to both days of the NHL Draft rounds 1-7

The NHL Draft is at First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres.

The conference is a chance to gain valuable insight into a variety of careers in the hockey industry. This year the conference will host some of hockey's greatest minds as they discuss marketing, management, athlete representation, scouting, player personnel, media and broadcasting, and sports career strategies of the hockey business.

Speakers include:

Brian Burke, Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations

Patrick Burke, NHL Director of Player Safety

Kelly Friesen, PPI Hockey Vice President & Yahoo! Sports

Burton Lee, OHL Peterborough Petes, Executive Director, Business Operations

Mike Sundheim, Carolina Panthers VP of Communications

John Shannon, Sportscaster - HockeyCentral on Sportsnet

EJ Hradek, NHL Live Host

Christie Joseph, Sabres Vice President of Human Resources

Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, Sports Management Worldwide, President

Rick Curran, Orr Hockey Group NHL Agent

Trevor Whiffen, OHL London Knights Governor

Dave Brown, OHL Erie Otters GM

Mike Oke, OHL Peterborough Petes, General Manager

Mike Johnston, WHL Portland Winterhawks GM & Head Coach

Dino Caputo, WHL Tri Cities Americans, Regional Scout

Graham Beamish, Buffalo Sabres Pro Scouting Coordinator

Lisa Hollenbeck, WHL Portland Winterhawks Director of Hockey Administration

Jeff Baidoo, Minnesota Wild Associate Account Executive, New Business Development

Bob Teofilo, Arizona Coyotes Director of Hockey Operations & Analytics

Tyson Enfield, Manager of Advanced Analytics, SOO Greyhounds

Zac Urback, Coordinator of Hockey Analytics, Mississauga Steelheads Hockey Club

To see a full list of speakers at the conference, and to register, visit or call 503-445-7105.

Registration is limited to the first 175 people and this event has sold out consistently in previous years.

Sports Management Worldwide offers numerous sports job career training programs, specially designed to get you started in a sports job or advance your sports career. SMWW is here to provide quality sports career education, along with the skills that professional teams and sports business specifically crave.

SMWW's eight-week sports-business training programs can be taken online from anywhere in the world, at your convenience, and include live interactive audio chats with prestigious mentors in your field of study. SMWW offers each student the "what you know" and the "who you know" to advance in sports business. With over 5000 alumni from over 140 countries, Sports Management Worldwide has a proven success ratio.

Sports Management Worldwide's intensive sports career training is strictly for those individuals wanting to enhance their chances of job placement in professional sports management. SMWW can assist you with sports jobs & sports careers in a variety of sports including the NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL, EPL, MLS, NCAA and minor league and international sports.

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