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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.

 

 

Summer Reading From Our Speakers

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Looking for something to do during these long hazy evenings, or are heading up to the cottage sometime soon? Consider picking up one of these books from some of our favourite speakers:

 

Wingfield’s World – by Dan Needles. A comedic take on rural Canadiana, Needles’ popular plays are linked together in this lighthearted novel set in Persephone Township.
Shut Up and Eat – by  Kathy Buckworth. Buckworth’s collection of stories on motherhood, mealtimes, and the messiness of life will entertain and encourage you – and she’s thrown in some of her favourite recipes!
The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkys – by  James Duthie. A veteran sports reporter, Duthie shares a selection of his sports columns and several unpublished stories of life in the sports world, fatherhood, and his crush on Anna Kournikova.
Superbodies - by Greg Wells. Based on his award-winning segments during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Wells uses familiar stories and faces to unpack the science behind how our bodies work and give tips on increasing personal performance on and off the track.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – by Robin Sharma. This fable brings together eastern wisdom with  western success principles to outline a new way toward fulfilling your dreams.
Moolala – by Bruce Sellery. A straightforward guide to managing your money, Sellery is a business journalist, analyst, and finance expert on Million Dollar Neighbourhood whose insights are sure to help simplify your spending chaos.
 Canada: Landscape of Dreams – by Roberta Bondar. Not only is she Canada’s first female astronaut, Bondar is also an accomplished nature photographer. This coffee table book highlights the beauty of our vast country.

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Speakers’ Update: London 2012 Edition
London 2012 is just over two months away! As excitement builds across the country, we know that many companies and associations will want to bring in Olympic-related speakers this summer, and into the fall. Whether you’re looking for athletes, media personalities or high-performance experts, prospeakers.com has someone for you: 

Olympic Athletes

Clara Hughes Clara HughesSummer & Winter Olympic Medalist

Having already won medals in both the Winter and Summer Games, Clara is on track to become the most decorated Olympic athlete in Canadian history. Off the cycling track, she is a dynamic speaker, an advocate for mental health, and an ambassador for Kids’ Right to Play.

 

Adam van Koeverden Adam van KoeverdenOlympic Champion Rower

A three-time Olympic medalist, the 2012 Olympics will be Adam’s third Games, as he contends for a medal in the K-1,000m event. Adam is a much-loved Canadian icon and an inspiring storyteller.

 

Adam Kreek Adam KreekFour-time World Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist

After winning a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, Adam has established his career as a motivational speaker and spokesperson. While not competing in London, he will be onsite and available for hosting events in London during the Games.

 

For a full list of our Olympic athletes, click here.

 

CTV Olympic Consortium

Catriona Le May Doan Catriona Le May DoanCanadian Olympian and CBC Commentator

An Olympic medalist, Catriona will be hosting the morning coverage of the Games with Dave Randorf.

 

James Duthie James DuthieTSN’s NHL Host

Long-standing host at TSN, James will be co-hosting CTV’s afternoon show with Jennifer Hedger.

 

Jay Onrait Jay Onrait / Dan O’TooleHilarious Sportscentre Co-Hosts

This popular duo will host TSN’s morning show throughout the Games. Their humour and wit make them audience favourites on TV and in person!

 

Brian Williams Brian WilliamsLegendary Sports Broadcaster, Winner of Two Geminis

Considered the dean of Olympic broadcasting, Brian has been covering the Olympic Games since 1976, and this year he is back for CTV’s primetime coverage.

 

 

High Performance Experts

Greg Wells, PhD Greg Wells, PhDSport and Performance Science Analyst, Human Physiologist

Greg is not only physiologist for Adam van Koeverden, but will be in London for on-camera sport-science and medicine analysis during the Games. His Vancouver 2010 segment series “Superbodies” won a Gemini Award.

 

Dr. Peter Jensen Dr. Peter JensenAuthority on Leadership & Personal High Performance

Since 1988, Peter has worked with Olympic athletes, helping over 40 athletes reach the medal podium. He is also an author and instructor at Queen’s School of Business.

 

Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan Dr. Kimberley Amirault-RyanLead of Sport Psychology for the Canadian Olympic Committee, Performance Consultant

Kimberley is the Lead of Sport Psychology for the Canadian Olympic Committee, and performance consultant for the Edmonton Oilers. She speaks extensively on her philosophy of strategic performance excellence.

 

Vancouver 2010 is 60 days away

blogpic-2009-12-15With the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games less than 60 days away, excitement is building across the country among athletes and fans. From our own backyard, many dramas will be played out in front of the world. But how did they get there? What are their stories? What lessons have they learned along the way? And what will they learn after these Games? (more…)