Past Speakers (2016)
Jim recently completed his 16th season as the Radio Colour Commentator for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is well known for his quick wit, and knowledge of the game. A former goaltender, Jim was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks but played the majority of his career in the Leafs farm system. As a speaker, he has established himself as one of the funniest and is in high demand in the off-season for Celebrity Golf tournaments, industry parties and events. He has been an Emcee at Roger Neilson’s Coaches Clinic over 20 times.
Topic 2: “Penalty Kill”
Bruce Boudreau was named Head Coach of the Minnesota Wild on May 7th, 2016.
He owns a record of 409-192-80 (.659) in nine seasons as an NHL head coach with the Anaheim Ducks and the Washington Capitals, leading his team to a division title eight times. Boudreau became the fastest coach in NHL history to reach the 400-win milestone (663 games) on March 5, 2016, and leads active NHL coaches in win percentage. He is 41-39 in eight trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and is the seventh head coach in NHL history to win 200-plus games with multiple teams.
Boudreau, 61 (1/9/55), was named Head Coach of the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 30, 2011, and compiled a record of 208-104-40 (.647) in 352 games in parts of five seasons (2011-16). The 2015-16 season marked the fourth straight Pacific Division title for the Ducks. Anaheim set franchise records for most wins (54), points (116) and goals (266) in a season in 2013-14 and Boudreau was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award after guiding Anaheim to a 30-12-6 record in 2012-13.
He compiled a record of 201-88-40 (.672) in parts of five seasons (2007-11) as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals, winning the Southeast Division four times. Boudreau led his club to the 2010 Presidents’ Trophy as the club set team records for most points (121) and goals (313) in a season in 2009-10, and won the 2008 Jack Adams Award. He became the fastest coach in modern day NHL history to win 200 games on Nov. 11, 2011, and recorded more wins (184) in his first 300 NHL games than any NHL coach.
Boudreau was named interim head coach of the Capitals on Nov. 22, 2007. On that date, Washington was 30th in the NHL standings. He led the club to a 37-17-7 finish as the Capitals won the Southeast Division. Boudreau, whose interim tag was removed on Dec. 26, 2007, became the second head coach to win the Jack Adams Award after taking over a team midseason. In 2008-09, Boudreau led the Capitals to their first playoff series win since 1988.
Before joining the Capitals, he spent parts of nine seasons as a head coach in the American Hockey League (AHL), including two seasons with Lowell (1999-2001), four seasons with Manchester (2001-05) and parts of three seasons with Hershey (2005-08). He won the 2006 Calder Cup and advanced to the 2007 Calder Cup Final.
Boudreau began his coaching career in the Colonial Hockey League with Muskegon (1992-93) and won the Commissioners’ Trophy as the International Hockey League Coach of the Year in 1993-94 with Fort Wayne. He also served as head coach and director of hockey operations for Mississippi (ECHL), where he won the 1999 Kelly Cup championship.
Boudreau played parts of eight NHL seasons (1976-86) with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks recording 70 points (28-42=70) in 141 career games. The native of Toronto, Ont., was originally selected by the Maple Leafs in the third round of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft. He was also selected in the first round of the 1974 World Hockey Association Draft by the Minnesota Fighting Saints and skated in 30 games with the Fighting Saints in 1975-76. Boudreau tallied 165 points (68-97=165) in 69 games with the Toronto Marlboros in 1974-75, to win the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the leading scorer in the Ontario Hockey Association.
He ranks 12th all-time in AHL scoring with 799 points (316-483=799) in 634 games. No AHL player in the 1980s notched more points than Boudreau. In 1987-88, he won the John B. Sollenberger Trophy (led AHL in scoring) and the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award (sportsmanship and dedication to hockey), and was a member of the 1992 Calder Cup champion Adirondack Red Wings. Boudreau was inducted into the AHL Hall-of-Fame in 2009.
Rob Daum brings experience from many different levels of coaching, including the National and American Hockey Leagues, Major Junior and Elite European leagues. Since 2011, Daum has been the head coach of the Linz Black Wings (Austrian Erst Bank Eishockey Liga) as well as assistant coach of the Austrian Men’s National Team from 2011-15. Prior to his coaching career in Austria, Daum was head coach of the Springfield Falcons of the AHL and in 2007-08 was an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers (NHL). Before his coaching duties in Edmonton, Daum was the head coach of the Minnesota Wild’s AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros from 2005-06 to 2006-07. He led the Aeros to a second place finish in the AHL’s West Division in 2005-06 with a 50-24-6 record and advanced to the second round of the playoffs before losing to the AHL Calder Cup finalist Milwaukee Admirals.
As a coach with the University of Alberta’s Golden Bears from 1995-96 – 2005-06, Daum compiled one of the best records in Canadian Inter-university Sport (CIS) history with an overall record of 345-79-32 (.792) and a Canada West Hockey conference record of 218-37-35. A two-time CIS “coach of the year” and five-time Canada West Hockey “coach of the year,” Daum also led the Bears to three national championships and six conference titles in six years. Coaching hockey since the early 80’s has given Mr. Daum the opportunity to teach the game at different levels, from major junior to professional to the minor hockey system.
Topic 2: “Small Ice Games” (with on-ice demo)
Larry Huras was born in Listowel, Ontario and is married with two sons and one daughter. Huras played his minor and Junior ‘B’ hockey in Elmira. He played 3 years of Major Junior ‘A’ with the Kitchener Rangers and was drafted by the New York Rangers in 1975. After 2 years and limited NHL exposure with the Rangers, Huras signed with the St. Louis Blues and spent 3 years in their organization. Huras played mostly in the AHL and in the old Central Hockey League. Huras has been playing and coaching in Europe since 1980. He started coaching in Rouen, France and attained 4 national championships, 3 Continental Cups and 2 European Cup finals with Zurich and Ambri. In 1994, Huras moved to Switzerland and has coached Zurich, Ambri, Bern and Lugano. In addition to a Continental Cup with Zurich and 3 National Titles with Zurich, Lugano and Bern, Huras was selected twice as “Coach of The Year” and was assistant coach with Team Canada in Europe on two different occasions. Huras was former coach for NHLers Mark Streit (NYI) and Roman Josi (Nashville Predators). Larry was named the head coach of the ERC Ingolstadt Panthers, DEL on June 17, 2014.
A graduate of York University, Ireland began his career as ice hockey coach in 1991 in Junior ‘A’ leagues head coach of the Milton Merchants and the Oakville Blades in 1992. After two years with Oakville and after receiving Ontario Hockey Association’s Jr. A Division West Coach of the Year honors in 1994, he took over the Caledon Canadians and guided that team to three Metro Junior A Hockey League runner-up finishes in four years. Under his guidance, the Canadians amassed a 42-3-5 record in 1994-95, making them the number one team in Canadian junior hockey at the time.
Ireland then spent five years (1998-2003) at the helm of the Dayton Bombers (ECHL), serving as head coach and general manager of hockey operations. He coached the team to an EHCL record of 175-134-47 and led the Bombers to an appearance in the 2002 Kelly Cup finals. In the second half of the 2002-03 season, he had a short stint as assistant coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. Ireland joined the coaching staff of AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins,affiliate to the Detroit Red Wings, in 2003, serving two years as assistant, before being promoted to head coach in February 2005. The Griffins made the Calder Cup playoff semifinals in Ireland’s first full season as head coach (2005-06). Ireland stayed on the job until 2007 and then was appointed as head coach of the San Antonio Rampage in August 2007.
HC Lugano (Swiss NLA) hired Ireland in February 2011 only a couple of days before the start of the relegation round. His task was to keep the club in the top flight National League A which he did. He signed with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League in August 2011 and stepped
down from his head coaching position in July 2015 to accept an offer from Adler Mannheim, defending champion of the German elite league (Deutsche Eishockey Liga), for the 2015-16 campaign, but was relieved of his duties in February 2016 after a five-game losing streak.
Topic 2: “D-Zone Play”
Bjorn Kinding MA, is originally from Goteborg, Sweden, where he played junior hockey and minor pro for IFK Backen. For over 20 years, he has been a head coach at international and pro levels, including the Swiss NLA, the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), and the Olympic Games. During this time, his teams set nine franchise records, appeared in fifteen semi-finals and six finals, and won two national championships. As an administrator, he has served as the Director of Hockey Development at the Swiss National Federation, Headmaster at Harrington College in Oka, QC, and GM for the Danish National Team. He has written several coaching manuals for the Swedish, the Canadian, and the US national hockey federations and he’s been a frequent speaker at IIHF, USA Hockey, Hockey Canada, Toronto Maple Leafs, a. o. coaches symposia. Bjorn holds a Bachelor Degree in Coaching and a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from Uppsala University, Sweden, and he can communicate in five languages. Bjorn and his wife Lisa have been married since 1984 and they have two adult daughters, Mikaela and Tiffany. Lisa is a multiple national champion in figure skating and presently coaching at the Royal Glenora Club, in Edmonton, AB.
Topic 2: “From Grit to Great 2”
Gardiner MacDougall just completed his 15th season at the helm of UNB’s hockey program and oversees one of Canada’s most successful university hockey programs. The native of Bedeque, PEI is the fourth UNB head coach from that province, following in the footsteps of former and present NHL coaches Don MacAdam, Doug MacLean and Mike Kelly (Florida). He signed a five-year contract in July, 2014 to continue his impressive journey at UNB and promptly helped lead a youthful V-Reds squad with 13 new members to an AUS title and CIS silver medal.
Coach MacDougall recently guided the V-Reds to their 5th National Championship and his 4th as head coach (2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, and 1998) and he has won CIS silver medals in 2015, 2008 and 2004. MacDougall has won three national titles in five years in dominant fashion going 140-21-7(.854) in the AUS. This includes a Canadian record breaking 2009-10 season of 27-1 including 26 consecutive victories to start the season – another CIS record. He helped lead the 2007-08 squad to the most successful season in AUS history (31-1-1) as well as the most wins ever (43) in Canadian university hockey.
He is the all-time Atlantic Conference leader in total wins including regular season and play-off victories. He is top “5” in all time CIS victories and 3rd all-time in Canadian University hockey history in National Championship wins (25) trailing CIS legends and former NHL coaches Tom Watt and Clare Drake . This further solidified his reputation as a proven winner and developer of players and teams. UNB has become the top developer of hockey talent for the professional ranks including four recent UNB players signing NHL contracts including three directly out of UNB, the only CIS school to do this in the past 20+ years. Thirty-five UNB players coached by Mac Dougall have played in the AHL/ IHL.
In 2006, he became the all-time winningest coach in UNB history with 106 wins, passing one of his Island mentors Don MacAdam. Since that milestone, he has stretched the standard of success to include becoming the first AUS coach to reach the storied 400th victory in January, 2014. He has guided the UNB team to eight consecutive AUS pennants, six AUS titles, nine National Championship appearances and a remarkable 15 consecutive AUS “Final Four” appearances.
In December, 2014, MacDougall as head coach helped lead Team Canada AUS to victory at the World University Games in Trentino, Italy upsetting Team Russia 2-1 in the semi-finals and going on to record his second World University Games gold medal. Previously, he was part of the AUS staff that defeated the Russians 3-1 in the gold medal game at Torino, Italy in 2007. Prior to coming to UNB, MacDougall had an outstanding career in junior hockey in Western Canada where he was named Coach of the Year on four separate occasions, capturing four Provincial /League Championships and becoming a well-organized communicator, passionate motivator and top notch recruiter.
MacDougall has been named CIS Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2010 after being a CIS finalist in 2004 and 2008. He is also a four-time Atlantic Coach of the Year winner and has been awarded Coach of the Year in his home province of PEI two separate occasions.
In April 2007, MacDougall was honored with the special UNB President’s Citation Award by then UNB University President John McLaughlin. In March 2009, President McLaughlin awarded him with the UNB President’s Medal – UNB’s most prestigious recognition. He was the first coach in UNB history to be awarded such honors. He was awarded the prestigious Paul Harris Rotary Fellowship medallion as recognition for his community service in the Fredericton hockey community and in 2012 received the distinguished Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary UNB Alumni distinction by the UNB Associated Alumni.
Aside from a successful on-ice coaching record, Coach MacDougall’s background as an educator has helped UNB student-athletes achieve strong academic standing. He has had 148 players achieved at least one term of a 3.0 grade point average while a remarkable 68 players have achieved Academic All-Canadian status (3.5+GPA). Recently, UNB’s Adrian Robertson was awarded the prestigious CIS Top 8 Academic Award, the second UNB hockey player to be awarded this decorated award while two other UNB players have been awarded the CIS top player award.
MacDougall is known for his positive enthusiasm and tremendous work ethic. He is a top notch recruiter who is very adept at getting the B.E.S.T. out of his players and developing a Team First culture. A keen promoter of community development, UNB’s numerous hockey programs reach over 1,000 young people each year. He is co-founder of the elite V-Reds Prospects program, widely recognized as the top youth development program in Eastern Canada. Over 51 VRP have been drafted to the NHL with 16 playing in the NHL and 52 at the AHL level.
He is also an accomplished motivational speaker and presenter making multiple appearances at the famous Roger Neilson Coaching Symposium, numerous Hockey Canada and NBHA regional events along with guest appearances with assorted businesses, CHL teams and school divisions. He was a guest of the Russian Hockey Federation in 2013, a 2014 guest instructor for NHL players pre-training camp in Vail, CO. and has made five European hockey visits.
MacDougall is a graduate of St, Francis Xavier (BSc. P-ED) and Saint Mary’s (B-ED) and resides in New Maryland.
Dr. Saul L. Miller is a performance specialist consulting in sport, business, health care and the arts. With a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Dr. Miller is one of North America’s leading mental coaches. His work in the areas of enhancing performance and team building has helped organizations, individuals and teams be successful while dealing effectively with pressure, stress, and change. Over the past twenty-five years, Dr. Miller’s clients have included sport teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, CFL, Major League Baseball plus PGA Tour golfers, NCAA athletes, and Olympians in over a dozen different sports. He is the author of 8 books on performance and well-being including his latest book, Why Teams Win: 9 Keys to Success in Business, Sport, and Beyond, Hockey Tough: A Winning Mental Game, A Little Relaxation, and Performing Under Pressure: Gaining the Mental Edge in Business and Sport.
Larry Pearson has been an Educator and Coach for over 30 years specializing in Leadership Development and Team-Building. He is a member of the International Association of Team Work Facilitators (IATF). Pearson has worked with Roger Neilson for over 30 years. He has been Involved with a number of NHL training Camps and Roger Neilson’s Hockey Camp for the past 35 summers. He has also provided programs in Salzburg, Austria for Red Bull Organization, Tilburg, Holland and Novi Sad, Serbia. Pearson has been a facilitator and provider for team-building and leadership development for: Corporate Manager Retreats, Canadian National Men’s Cadet Basketball Team, The Canadian Special Olympics Team, University, College and High School teams and staff, Nike All-Canada Basketball Camps, International Hockey Camps, NHL Coaching Symposiums, Leadership and Staff Retreats and Teacher Professional Development Days, First Nations Programs and many sports teams from across Ontario.
Bill Peters, 49, is in his second season as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, after being named to the position on June 19, 2014. Peters is the 13th person to serve as head coach in franchise history, and the fourth since the team’s arrival in North Carolina in 1997.
Peters registered a 30-41-11 record in his first season with the Hurricanes in 2014-15, which was also his first as an NHL head coach. He made his NHL head coaching debut on Oct. 10, 2014 against the New York Islanders, and earned his first NHL victory on Nov. 1, 2014, against the Arizona Coyotes.
Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Peters served as assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings for three seasons, working primarily with Detroit’s defensemen and penalty kill units. Prior to joining Detroit’s staff, Peters served as head coach of Rockford of the American Hockey League (AHL), guiding the Ice Hogs to consecutive 40-win seasons and Calder Cup playoff appearances in 2008-09 and 2009-10. In his final season with Rockford in 2010-11, Peters directed the second-youngest team in the AHL to a 38-33-4-5 record. The Three Hills, Alb., native helped 28 Rockford players reach the NHL during his three seasons. Eight players who played under Peters for Rockford went on to win the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010 or 2013 – Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jordan Henry, Antti Niemi, Corey Crawford, Bryan Bickell, Nick Leddy, Brandon Bollig and Ben Smith.
Before beginning his AHL coaching career, Peters spent three seasons with Spokane of the Western Hockey League (WHL), leading the Chiefs to the Memorial Cup title in 2008 as champions of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). Spokane established franchise records with 50 wins and 107 points that season before winning 16 of 21 WHL playoff games to capture the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL champions. Peters then guided the Chiefs to four consecutive victories at the Memorial Cup, topping the host Kitchener Rangers 4-1 in the championship game. In three seasons as Spokane’s head coach, Peters compiled a career WHL regular-season record of 111-82-23.
Peters got his first experience as a head coach at the University of Lethbridge, serving as the Pronghorns’ head coach for three seasons from 2002-2005. Prior to that, he served as assistant coach for Spokane for four seasons, helping the Chiefs to a 47-win, 100-point campaign and the WHL Western Conference championship in 1999-00 under current Toronto Maple Leafs’ head coach Mike Babcock.
Peters also has gained international head coaching experience for Canada, capturing the gold medal at the 2008 U-18 Junior World Cup and serving as an assistant coach for Canada’s gold-medal-winning team at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
A 16 year NHL and KHL veteran, Todd started his career on the coaching staff of the Minnesota Wild, spending 5 years with Jacques Lemaire. In 2004, he was selected to the coaching staff of Team Canada (as the Video Coach) and won a Gold Medal alongside Mike Babcock at the World Championships in Prague. In 2005, he moved to the Washington Capitals and worked with Glen Hanlon; the same year, he joined Glen with Team Belarus at the World Championships in Riga, Latvia where the team placed the highest they have ever placed. After a year in the KHL as an Assistant GM/Director of Player Personnel, Todd returned to the NHL where he won a Stanley Cup with the LA Kings in 2012 and since 2013, Todd has been a Pro Scout with the Calgary Flames. For the past three seasons, Todd has also been an Assistant Coach with Team Switzerland and Team Belarus at the World Championships – this coming fall, he is proud to serve as a Special Assignment Coach for Team Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey.