Hockey’s elite confirmed

Top names in the sport will gather at World Hockey Summit


NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, IIHF President René Fasel and IIHF Council Member and KHL President Alexander Medvedev are among the participants at the World Hockey Summit. Photos: Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF Images

The Steering Committee of the Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit (Toronto, Canada, August 23-26) has announced the first group of hockey leaders, executives and players who will assume instrumental roles at the first international hockey summit after 14 years.

The list of speakers, presenters and panelists includes the most influential personalities in the hockey world today. At this point, twenty-six hockey dignitaries, who were listed on The Hockey News’ “One Hundred People of Power and Influence” 2009 feature, have been confirmed as participants.

Among those representing International Ice Hockey:

René Fasel (IIHF President), Alexander Medvedev (KHL President), Daniel Alfredsson (Four-time Olympian, Olympic gold 2006), Ralph Krueger (Longest standing national team coach of modern era), Uwe Krupp (Stanley Cup winner, German national team coach), Slavomir Lener (Director / Head coach Czech National Teams), Jan Filc (World Championship winning coach 2002, Director of Slovak Player Development), Anders Hedberg (IIHF Hall of Famer, NY Rangers Pro-Scout) and Tommy Boustedt (Executive behind the resurrection of the Swedish junior program).

Also the 13-member IIHF Council (Board) will attend the Summit.

Among those representing the National Hockey League:

Gary Bettman (Commissioner), Bill Daly (Deputy Commissioner), Brendan Shanahan (Vice-president hockey and business development, Triple Gold Club Member No. 13), Darcy Regier (13-year GM of the Buffalo Sabres).

Among those representing Hockey Canada:

Bob Nicholson (President), Steve Yzerman (GM of Canada’s Olympic team, GM of Tampa Bay Lightning, Summit Leadership Team), Hayley Wickenheiser (Three-time Olympic champion, Summit Leadership Team), Mel Davidson (Head coach Canada’s women’s team).

Among those representing USA Hockey:

Dave Ogrean (Executive Director), Brian Burke (GM of U.S. Olympic team, GM Toronto Maple Leafs, Summit Leadership Team), Jim Johannson (Assistant Executive Director, Hockey Operations, two-time Olympian), Mark Johnson (Coach U.S. women’s team, Olympic gold medalist 1980), Angela Ruggiero (U.S. women’s national team, member of IOC Athletes’ Commission), Peter Laviolette (Head coach Philadelphia Flyers, winningest US-born NHL coach).

David Branch (CHL President) and Bob Boughner (Two-time Memorial Cup winning coach, Windsor Spitfires, two-time CHL Coach of the Year) will be among those representing the Canadian Hockey League.

Among those representing the National Hockey League Players' Association:

Mike Ouellet (Chief of Business Affairs), Daniel Alfredsson (NHLPA member since 1995, Summit Leadership Team member) and NHLPA certified agents Don Baizley, Pat Brisson and Don Meehan.

The topic sessions at the 2010 Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit will be moderated by some of the most well-known names in North American broadcasting and journalism; Bob McKenzie, Pierre McGuire, Gord Miller, Darren Dreger, Bob McCown, John Shannon, Paul Romanuk, Jim Hughson, James Duthie and Darren Millard.

Key themes for the event:
  • An evaluation of the 2010 Olympic hockey tournaments in Vancouver, Canada
  • Player skill development initiatives
  • Challenges facing grassroots, youth and junior programs around the world
  • Establishing a long-term global hockey agenda – International competition, interaction and cooperation
  • Women’s hockey after Vancouver 2010 - Closing the gap with North America
  • Growing participation in hockey
  • Contracts, international transfers and agent’s ethics (at Monday’s Hot Stove Sessions)
Go to for more information and registration.

The Monday night (August 23) opening Hot Stove Sessions will take place at the Hockey Hall of Fame and the two Tuesday (August 24) sessions will be held at the Air Canada Centre, the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The official Summit hotel, the Sheraton Centre, located right downtown, will accommodate the Wednesday and Thursday sessions.   

Media will have access to cover the Summit. To register for media accreditation, please submit your contact information to:

The complete event schedule and agenda as well as a complete list of all participants (speakers, presenters, panelists, moderators and facilitators) will be announced by mid-July.



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