Wings' Bowman, Smith In GR

June 22, 2005
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GRAND RAPIDS — More than 500 USA Hockey coaches from around the country arrive in town today for the 2005 National Hockey Coaches Symposium at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, which runs through Sunday.

Presented by USA Hockey and sponsored by Easton Sports and Labatt Blue, the event will give attendees the opportunity to learn from some of hockey’s best teachers, including top coaches from the National Hockey League as well as several elite coaches from the college ranks.

The event kicks off at 8 p.m. tonight with a keynote address from Scotty Bowman, the NHL’s all-time winningest coach.

Later in the week, 1980 U.S. Olympic team members John Harrington, Mark Johnson, Jack O’Callahan and Mark Wells will share their views during a panel presentation.

“The National Hockey Coaches Symposium is an incredibly impressive event featuring some of hockey’s top talent,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “It’s part of our Coaching Education Program and we’re proud to offer such a high-quality education to our over 60,000 coaches from around the nation.”

USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program certifies coaches from Levels 1 to 5. To become a Level 5 certified coach, the individual must complete the certification program for Levels 1-4, attend the National Hockey Coaches Symposium and write a thesis on a topic approved by USA Hockey.

Other presenters include Bob Hartley, head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers; Ken Hitchcock, head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers; Jeff Jackson, head coach, University of Notre Dame; Barry Smith, Detroit Red Wings associate head coach; Mike Sullivan, head coach, Boston Bruins, and many others.    

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