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2019 Minnesota Wild Leadership Summit

Presented by West Bend Mutual Insurance

The 3rd Annual Minnesota Wild Leadership Summit presented by West Bend Mutual Insurance will be held at Roy Wilkins Auditorium on Monday, June 24, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM. The Leadership Summit is free of charge and is open to the first 400 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.

New this year - teams traveling to St. Paul from outstate Minnesota may receive a discounted room rate at the Hampton Inn & Suites on Sunday, June 23. The hotel is located at 200 7th Street West, just one block from Xcel Energy Center and Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Click on the link below to book your room now or call 651-224-7400.

Teams attending the Minnesota Wild Leadership Summit are asked to bring non-perishable food items to benefit Second Harvest Heartland. Teams that bring a donation will be entered into a drawing to win a suite to the Minnesota Wild pre-season game on Saturday, September 21 at 5:00 pm. One boys team and one girls team will win a suite. 

Teams are also encouraged to bring water from their home rink as part of the Wild's "This Is Our Ice" campaign. Teams will add their water to a collection station at Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Water collected at the Leadership Summit will become part of Xcel Energy Center's ice for the 2019-2020 season. 

Attendees will tour TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center and get a behind the scenes look at the new Minnesota Wild locker room, training and medical facilities.  

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

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Roy Wilkins Auditorium
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.             
Matt Majka
President - Minnesota Wild President

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.                       
Sam Smith
Vice President - Prouty Project
10:00 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.
Glen Andresen
Executive Director - Minnesota Hockey
10:05 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Roundtable Discussion #1
Moderators:  Kevin Gorg and Audra Martin

Captains Panel:
• Karson Kuhlman - Cloquet/UMD/Boston Bruins
• Kelly Pannek - Benilde St. Margaret's/U of M/Team USA
• Hannah Brandt - Hill Murray/U of M/Team USA/Minnesota Whitecaps
• Luke Kunin - Minnesota Wild

10:55 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Roundtable Discussion #2
Moderators:  Kevin Gorg and Audra Martin

Coaches Panel:
• Natalie Darwitz - Head women's coach, Hamline University
• Scott Sandelin - Head men's coach, University of Minnesota Duluth

11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
Roy Wilkins Auditorium

12:25 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Sam Smith
Vice President, Prouty Project

1:10 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Mike Snee
Executive Director - College Hockey, Inc.

1:15 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Video - Mikko Koivu

1:20 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. 
Breakout Session #1 

"Conflict Resolution"
Kevin King - University of Minnesota

"Transformational Motivation"
Troy Pearson - Positive Coaching Alliance

2:05 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Video - Ryan Suter

2:10 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.
Breakout Session #2 

"Hazing and Bullying"
Troy Pearson and Paul Martin

"Building a Sustainable Culture"
Kevin King
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Q&A with Bruce Boudreau
Moderators: Kevin Gorg and Audra Martin
3:30 p.m.                                
Closing comments
Event concludes
3:30 p.m. (optional)
Tours of TRIA Rink and Wild locker room
• Pre-registration required for planning purposes


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