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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.

 

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.

 

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…)

Wayne Gretzky Resigns

Wayne Gretzky announced today that he is stepping down as Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations of the Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Club, effective immediately.

“This was a difficult decision that I’ve thought long and hard about,” said Gretzky. “We all hoped there would be a resolution earlier this month to the Coyotes ownership situation, but the decision is taking longer than expected. Since both remaining bidders have made it clear that I don’t fit into their future plans, I approached General Manger Don Maloney and suggested he begin looking for someone to replace me as coach. Don has worked hard and explored many options. I think he has made an excellent choice, and so now it’s time for me to step aside.”

Gretzky said that it was a great honour and privilege to play in the National Hockey League and he felt the same about being an NHL coach. He said he loved the four years he spent coaching the Coyotes and he will miss the competition of the NHL dearly.

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