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Hockey Season is Back!

The start of the new hockey season is always a great time to consider what events and activities you want to have over the 2015-16 year. Start planning your winter schedule and consider events featuring our amazing and talented group of all-star speakers. From sports media figures like Elliotte Friedman and Kelly Hrudey to Hockey Legends like Wayne Gretzky and Darryl Sittler. Whether you are looking for a speaker for your business event or charity function contact us today to find out about all the exciting hockey talent we have to make this season the best one yet!

Wayne Gretzky

For two decades, the ethereal Wayne Gretzky lifted hockey to new and dizzying heights while establishing himself as the greatest player of all time. He transcended hockey and was the most statistically dominant player in the history of North American team sports.

Gretzky helped Edmonton win four Stanley Cup Championships and three Canada Cup tournament titles during his illustrious career. He holds virtually every offensive record in the NHL and his tireless support of the game has contributed significantly to the popularity it enjoys today. He has contributed to countless charities, including his own “The Wayne Gretzky Foundation” which was founded in 2002. Through this Wayne endeavors to continue to enrich the lives of so many Canadians, not only in Hockey but through the many other causes he supports.

Darryl Sittler

Darryl Sittler is one of the greatest players to ever wear the Toronto Maple Leaf uniform. An inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and voted by fans as the centre-man on the All-Time Leafs Team, Sittler may well be best remembered for two of the most remarkable performances in the history of the National Hockey League. On February 7, 1976, he scored six goals and added four assists for an NHL record total of 10 points in a game. That spring, he joined Maurice Richard in hockey history by recording five goals in one playoff game. To honour his illustrious career, Toronto retired Sittler’s number 27 On February 8, 2003. He has an incredible wealth of stories to share from the course of his outstanding career, as well as the lessons he’s learned working on charitable endeavors. One of the many ways Darryl contributes to the community is as a board member for the MLSE Team Up Foundation, alongside fellow former Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark. Currently Darryl travels across Canada appearing at public speaking engagements, doing autograph signings, and making appearances for various companies, charities and organizations.

Elliotte Friedman

Friedman is no ordinary sports announcer. Currently a reporter for Sports net Hockey, Friedman has also covered 4 Olympic Games, the World Series, and every Stanley Cup since 1998. He is known for his dedication to his work, his keen insights into the world of sports and his dry wit. His blog series, “30 Thoughts,” has become a must-read for hockey fans and insiders.
Friedman has a unique perspective on success, derived from countless hours interviewing and interacting with players and coaches behind the scenes and off the ice.

Through personal anecdotes and principles learned from the world of professional sports, Friedman challenges and instructs his audience with life-changing ideas that are relevant for all.

Kelly Hrudey

In July of 1998, goaltender Kelly Hrudey retired from the NHL and traded in his skates for a microphone joining the cast of Sports net Hockey as a full-time analyst.Hrudey came to broadcasting after a fifteen-year career as a goaltender for the New York Islanders, LA Kings, and San Jose Sharks. He compiled a record of 271-265-88 with a goals against average of 3.43, with 16 shutouts. By providing hockey fans with some of the most insightful, well-researched and accurate commentary available, he was able to parlay his experience and knowledge of the game of hockey with a career in front of the camera.

A thoughtful and charming on-air persona, he is equally talented on stage in front of a live audience.

 

Hebert, deVos & Friedman Weigh In On This Week’s Happenings

This is a busy and eventful week in Canadian sports & politics, and our speakers are in the midst of dialogue on what the recent events may mean…

Jason deVos weighs in on the new head coach situation for TFC:

Being a successful coach requires a deep understanding of the game – that is simply a given. More importantly, being a successful coach requires the ability to read players, to get inside their heads and find out what makes them tick – what motivates them. This is a skill that Nelsen may very well possess, but given that he has never coached before, is completely unknown.

This is either a very bold move or a completely crazy one.

(from his TSN blog)

 

What do you think; is this choice crazy, or crazy-bold?

Elliotte Friedman‘s thoughts on Brian Burke’s firing:

There must be a catalyst, a final straw that doomed the marriage – calling for a divorce at the weirdest possible time. Losing can’t be the only reason…Next week, we’ll find out if it really was Roberto Luongo. (Good thing he’s got a great sense of humour, he’s getting blamed for everything from new CBA rules to executive firings)…

(from CBC)

 

What do you think; is the firing because of Luongo, or are there other reasons to  let Burke go at this precise moment?

Chantal Hébert on expectations for Friday’s meeting between the PM & First Nations leaders:

The biggest risk on Friday is not that the Prime Minister will make too low an opening bid to restore a working relationship with the First Nations but that he will find himself playing solitaire…

As for Spence, the calling of Friday’s meeting offered her best opportunity to end her hunger strike with a victory.

(from the Toronto Star)

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