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2021 Minnesota Wild Leadership Summit

Presented by West Bend Mutual Insurance

The 5th Annual Minnesota Wild Leadership Summit presented by West Bend Mutual Insurance will be held virtually on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 9:00 AM - 12:45 PM. The Leadership Summit is free of charge and is open to boys and girls high school hockey captains and coaches. Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders, coaches and former captains from the State of Hockey and beyond. Please click on the link below for a detailed schedule and a list of speakers scheduled to appear.

The Virtual Leadership Summit will be hosted on Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom meeting link after they register. Coaches and captains from the same team are encouraged (not required) to join the Zoom webinar together from the same location while practicing safe social distancing procedures.

The Minnesota Wild Leadership Summit is supported by the NHL, NHLPA, Minnesota Hockey, the Minnesota State High School League, the Minnesota Boys and Girls Hockey Coaches Associations and the Positive Coaching Alliance.

All questions should be directed to Kalli Funk at

Host: Audra Martin, Bally Sports

Moderator: Kevin Gorg, Bally Sports

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.: Welcome

  • Matt Majka - President, Minnesota Wild

9:10 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

  • Dean Evason - Head Coach, Minnesota Wild

9:45 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.: Congressional Hockey Caucus Panel

  • Congressman Tom Emmer - US Representative, Minnesota's 6th Congressional District
  • Congressman Dean Phillips - US Representative, Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District

10:20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.: High School Captains & Coaches Panel

  • Sami Reber - Girls' Head Coach, Edina High School
  • Hannah Chorske - Girls' Team Captain, Edina High School
  • Wade Chiodo - Boys' Head Coach, Grand Rapids High School
  • Jack Peart - Boys' Team Captain, Grand Rapids High School

11:05 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.: Professional Players Panel

  • Jared Spurgeon - Team Captain, Minnesota Wild
  • Ryan McDonagh - Team Assistant Captain, Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Winny (Brodt) Brown - Team Captain, Minnesota Whitecaps
  • Krissy (Wendell) Pohl - Former USA Women's National Team Captain

11:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.: Break

11:50 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Discussion

  • Willie O'Ree - Broke NHL's color barrier in 1957, 2018 Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Bryant McBride - Co-Producer, WILLIE Documentary

12:35 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Closing Remarks

  • John Mayasich - Minnesota Hockey Legend

*The schedule and speakers are subject to change.