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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.

 

Back On The Ice

As the weather begins to get colder, the arenas heat up. Skates are sharpened, game plans are devised for the start of the NHL season next week.

Interested in bringing some of the NHL excitement to your next event? We’ve got you covered: be it a legendary hockey coach, sports network host or even the father of the “Great One”… you’ve come to the right place! Speakers like Scotty Bowman, James Duthie and Walter Gretzky all have decorated hockey backgrounds and speak about teamwork, goal setting, motivation, leadership and overcoming challenges and adversity.

To book Scotty, James, Walter or any other of our hockey-inspired speakers for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

Scotty BowmanLegendary hockey coach, Scotty Bowman is the “winningest” coach in NHL history. Bowman has made 28 total playoff appearances and won nine Stanley Cups in all. He has won the NHL Championship with three different teams, a feat that has not been matched by any other coach in the NHL, NFL, NBA or MLB. He is a living legend in the world of professional sports.  Two Jack Adams’ Awards and his induction into the NHL Hall of Fame have endorsed Bowman’s skills as a coach. During the 2002 season, Bowman announced he would retire from coaching, but resolved to win the Stanley Cup one last time with the Detroit Red Wings. As a true Scotty Bowman endorsement, his team came through and took home the championship, validating Bowman’s extraordinary leadership abilities. As a speaker, Bowman will inspire your employees to reach new heights of success and learn from his exceptional leadership abilities. It is not only die-hard hockey fans who will appreciate Bowman’s mastery on ice; it is also for those companies or organizations who want the insight of a time-tested and proven winner. The same values that Bowman used to capture nine Stanley Cups will improve your company’s bottom line and will fill your audience with a great sense of pride and a desire to replicate Bowman’s success in their own endeavors.

 

 

James DuthieJames Duthie is one of today’s most talented sports  broadcasters. An avid athlete in his youth, Duthie studied Journalism at  Carleton University, then spent several years working in TV news before  transitioning to the sports desk. In his years at TSN, he has worked in a variety of  sports and roles: from CFL to NBA to the evening edition of SportsCentre and  now NHL on TSN. He is also part of the CTV/TSN Olympic Consortium – he has  covered Sydney, Turin, Vancouver, and later this summer, he will be in London  as daytime co-host of TSN Olympic coverage.

Prior to joining TSN, Duthie, an  Ottawa native, worked at VTV in Vancouver as both a news and sports reporter.  Duthie also spent three years at CJOH-TV in Ottawa as a sports anchor. Duthie has been awarded three Geminis for his  broadcasting efforts. Charismatic and sharply witty, he is a favourite among  sports fans across the country. He is  also the author of The Day I Almost Killed Two Gretzkys,  a collection of his sports columns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

waltergretzkyWalter Gretzky , father of The  Great One, is an ordinary man who, from humble beginnings and against the odds  of a devastating illness to lead an extraordinary life. To many people, Walter Gretzky is  the ultimate dad, and the first inspired coach to a talented young boy.  Walter’s major insight into hockey, that a player should “go where the  puck is going”- guided Wayne’s brilliant style. It’s safe to say that no other  famous hockey player’s father is held in such high esteem, and Walter Gretzky  has carved out this singular niche in his own right. Gretzky grew up on a small  family farm, married Phyllis, and raised four boys and a girl in a modest home.  He worked for Bell Canada for 34 years. The movie Waking Up Walter:  The Walter Gretzky Story – based on his best-selling book, On Family,  Hockey and Healing made its premier on CBC-TV in 2005. About the movie,  Walter Gretzky said, “I’m stunned. My name’s  Walter Gretzky, not Wayne Gretzky.” In 1991, Walter suffered a brain  aneurysm that came close to killing him. Through his own grit and  determination, and with the help of dedicated therapists, doctors, family and  friends, he battled back from the many cognitive difficulties and nearly a  decade of lost memories, including his recollection of the death of his mother  and almost all of Wayne’s NHL triumphs of the eighties. Mr. Gretzky is now the official  spokesperson for Canada’s Heart and Stroke Foundation. He also is very active  in a number of charities, whether it’s the weekly load of broken sticks he  gathers from Brantford area arenas for CNIB furniture-making or providing some  piece of memorabilia for a fund-raiser…Walter gets it done. In 2002, Gretzky  was given an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from McMaster University. Gretzky’s unique blend of humour,  inspiration and hard-won wisdom elevates audiences to reach new levels of  achievement by turning adversity into opportunity.

 

To book Scotty, James, Walter or any other of our hockey-inspired speakers for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

 

It’s Playoff Time!

The NHL Playoffs are underway– a beloved time for hockey fans everywhere! The cool arenas are ablaze with heated rivalries. Go [insert favorite team here]!

Prospeakers.com’s roster includes many hockey greats. From the likes of Wayne GretzkyCassie Campbell, Ron Ellis, Trevor Linden and Hayley Wickenheiser – to name a few.

We love seeing them score goals, win medals and sometimes even throw a punch. However, their performance off the ice is just as impressive.

Trevor LindenKnown as one of the most refined players in professional hockey, former NHL All-Star and
Olympian Trevor Linden started the Trevor Linden Foundation in 1997. The organization is
devoted to encouraging  young people to discover their strengths and achieve their full potential.

The foundation has partnered with other organizations and individuals who are engaged in youth development programs that support the values of integrity, hard work, responsibility and leadership.
They have worked with charities in British Columbia, Montreal and New York to raise funds and awareness.

The “Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship” rewards four students in British Columbia entering their first year of post secondary education. The scholarship is given to students in good academic standing who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities and exceptional commitment to enriching the lives of others in their community.

 

Hayley WickenheiserFour-time Olympic medalist, Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world with an uncompromised determination and dedication to her sport. However, it’s not just her lethal slap-shot that is respected by her teammates, fans and peers; Wickenheiser is a community leader and mentor.

Her passion for sport is paralleled by her drive to give back to the community in several ways, particularly to organizations with a commitment to youth. Recently,  Hayley has teamed up with Plan International’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign, which is a social movement empowering Canadian girls and women to claim a brighter and more safe future for girls in the developing world.

Hayley’s hockey career allows her to connect with girls and women across the country. She believes that playing sports empower girls to find their self-confidence, inner-strength and outer-expression. Last week, Hayley spoke about the organization’s campaign to sponsor girls in the struggling region of Hatibandha, Bangladesh.

You can watch Hayley’s interview on Global Calgary here.

To book Trevor, Hayley or any other of our athletes for your upcoming event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.