Tim Horton's Minor Hockey Festival
(September 30, 2004) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Thursday that the fifth annual Tim Hortons Minor Hockey Festival will take place at Air Canada Centre on Saturday, October 9, 2004.
Open to all Ontario minor hockey coaches, the festival serves as the premier hockey mentorship training program in the country. Minor league coaches in attendance gain valuable skills during the day-long festival ranging from ice utilization, skill teaching, practice planning, goaltending, character development and off-ice conditioning, with the goal of improving overall coaching skills.
"Hockey development is not just about developing players, it is about developing strong and effective minor hockey coaches. Minor hockey coaches play a significant role in hockey development and it's important that we provide them with the best training and skills," said John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. "The Leafs strongly believe in providing access and opportunity when it comes to hockey development and the Tim Hortons Minor Hockey Festival is an event that does just that. It not only builds fundamental training skills, but also provides coaches access to the some of the best professional hockey coaches in North America."
Minor hockey coaches will have an opportunity to learn from Toronto Maple Leaf coaches Keith Acton, Paul Dennis, Matt Nichol and Steve McKichan. Ferguson, Mike Foligno, general manager and head coach of the Sudbury Wolves and Team Canada Olympian Ron Davidson will also participate in the festival.
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The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce the gifting items for the Tim Hortons Minor Hockey Festival this Saturday at Air Canada Centre from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm.