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2016Nov 2

SPAD Wear 2016

14632808_1149881298440211_7487804014940766476_n-jpgThe release of SPAD wear has always been a yearly tradition that is heavily anticipated by students who want to take pride in their program and want to represent it in style. Each year, SPAD’s Students’ Council announces a partnership with an apparel company to produce the clothing students know and love. This year, Student Council has announced a partnership with Bauer and CCM. Unlike previous years, SPAD wear is available for immediate purchase – meaning you can try-on, purchase, and walk-away with your clothing in one stop. 

SPAD students Calder Lyons, Chad Mallory, Clayton Lewis, and Isak Moen have compiled the information below. For more information, please contact a member of Student Council.

Student Council and Bauer have worked together to produce a wide variety of clothing that suit both men and women, that are sure to impress. Here are some of the highlights:

The SPAD Colloquia Polo 

Perfect for representing your program both on the golf course and in the classroom. Combine this shirt with a pair of khakis and you’ll be set for any business casual class you will ever have. Coming in a moisture wicking material, you will be able to stay cool and refreshed in even the hottest of School of Education Building classrooms.

The SPAD Monday 8:30 Fleece Hood 

Whether its a 8:30am, 10am or 4pm class, this hoodie is the perfect thing to throw on when you’ve just woken up and are in a rush. It’s not just for rushes though, cause once you put it on, you’ll never take it off! Coming in a nice, cool colour of grey, with our very own SPAD logo printed on the front, people will never forget what program you belong to.

The SPAD Official Program Jacket 

Similar to past year’s jackets, Bauer is back, with a jacket that is arguably the warmest and stylish jacket yet. Coming in both men’s and women’s styles, this jacket will keep you warm, even in Sudbury winters.

Don’t limit yourselves to just these popular items, there are many more styles and options. These include a SPAD mesh cap, SPAD gym T-shirt and shorts, SPAD women’s 1/4 zip, ladies v-neck, and SPAD classic zip sweater. With options like these there is something for everyone.

If you are interested in purchasing SPAD wear you can do so online at https://squareup.com/store/spad-council or in person at these times and locations this week:

Wednesday November 2nd

6:00-8:00 (West Residence)

Thursday November 3rd

2:00-4:00 (West Residence)

Friday November 4th

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (SPAD Learning Lab)

2016Oct 24

Student Profile: Jennifer and Dania Arrive in Austria

14671343_10210505216844476_7860131875434533149_nLast year we spoke with SPAD students Jennifer Thomas and Dania Johanson who were chosen to be SPAD’s first ever exchange students. Jennifer and Dania have now settled down in Austria and have taken the time to chat with us about everything they’ve experienced since landing in Kufstein on September 27th.

SB: Being in another country who’s native tongue is so different from ours, do you find that there is a language barrier?

 

JT: We go to an International School that teaches its classes in English so everyone in the university knows how to speak the language to varying degrees. Though, for most people it isn’t their first language. When we speak in class our professors ask us to slow down because we’re speaking too fast.

 

DJ: In town it isn’t too bad. When we first landed, we went into town looking for amenities and it was really hard trying to communicate with people and find what we wanted. Most people know at least some basic English or have co-workers who can, and we eventually figure it all out.

 

We are trying to pick up on some of the language. We have learned some basic phrases and words such as “how are you” and “My name is Dania” but there are some sounds that we struggle to pronounce. Our favourite word is “Fachhochschule”, which is equivalent to the word University in English.

 

SB: What’s the coolest part of being at an international school?

 

JT and DJ: There are so many people from so many different countries. Our core group of friends consists of people from Finland, France, and Australia and we socialize more with people who can speak English fluently. It’s the same way for other people, most people hang around with the people who share their first language but not exclusively. Everyone is interested in each other’s cultures because we are all so different, we joke around and make fun of each other. There are lots of stereotypes; one of our friends keeps saying we’re from Nova Scotia.

 

SB: Culture has been said to have an affect on people’s preference in sport. How do you think this has affected your discussions in class?

 

JT: In class the other day we were talking about events and I used the World Cup of Hockey as an example and our whole class bursted out laughing. They make fun of us and hockey all of the time. Europeans have a lot of love for soccer so it’s what most people talk about.

 

SB: What is your overall class structure like for this year?

 

JT and DJ: Our first semester started in October and will end in February, although we will be home for a couple weeks for Christmas. After this semester, we have four weeks off in which we plan on backpacking around Europe. Our second semester starts in March and ends in July.

Our class schedule is very different than the one’s we would have at Laurentian. We never have a week with the same schedule, there could be a week when we have the same class Monday to Friday and then we end with an exam on the Saturday, others we have every couple of weeks.

 

SB: What is your favourite class?

 

JT and DJ: Austrian History and Culture. It’s a Saturday class and we basically go to different historic locations in Austria. The first week we went to the fortress that’s located in Kufstein, we can actually see it from our window. Tomorrow we’re going to Innsbruck, and in a couple of weeks were going to Salzburg. We get to see so many different cultures, the cities are so close together but they have such different cultures because of their differing history. It’s interesting because Austria’s history is so much older than Canada’s history; it’s all very new to us.

 

SB: What’s the best place you’ve been so far?

 

JT and DJ: Neuschwanstein Castle was awesome and the most impressive. It looked like something out of a story and was the castle that Disney first based their animated castles off of. Everything about it was surreal.

On the other hand, we went to a concentration camp in Germany and it was really eye opening. We felt weird the whole day after. The whole situation made us feel so emotional. People were crying and no one spoke. We just walked around and paid our respects.

 

SB: What is the best piece of advice you would give the Austrian exchange students that have joined SPAD in Sudbury for the year?

 

JT and DJ: Attend and join as many extra curricular activities as possible throughout Laurentian and the Sudbury community. At FH Kufstein, they don’t have structured intramurals like Laurentian does so they should take advantage of Laurentian’s and really get involved in the school, make the best of your time there. (more…)

2016Oct 4

SPAD Frosh Day 2016

froshAfter a summer full of internships, friends, and fun, it was time to head back to the books for SPAD student during their first week back to school. For first-year SPAD students, it meant it was time to get acquainted with Laurentian University and the Sports Administration (SPAD) program. Founded in 1972, the SPAD program has been a tradition-rich program since it’s early years at Laurentian. An annual tradition for first-year SPAD students is the SPAD Frosh Day.

SPAD Student Council welcomed the program’s newest students, bright and early at the Laurentian Track and Field Stadium. Upon check-in, each first-year student received their first pieces of SPAD swag. After a few quick introductions, the group got into some ice-breaker activities and learned about each other’s most embarrassing stories, competed in a laundry line race, and even participated in a few Harambe memorial chants. Although ice-breaker activities can be a little awkward at first, it is only a matter of time before this group of frosh look back and have a few good laughs at the activities that transpired.

After a quick lunch courtesy of Topper’s Pizza, the first-year students boarded the bus for Dodge This Paintball. Frosh and Student Council members were divided into teams upon arrival at the paintball park for a classic, Frosh Day battle. The troops participated in games such as capture the flag, free-for-all, and a clan battle on the various maps on the Dodge This Paintball campus. Council member, Josh Bousada, put together a fantastic video which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJHCXYcjUtI.

Upon returning to school, the first-year students were given some time to wash all the paint off and freshen up for a new tradition, the SPAD Program’s Meet N’ Greet. SPAD faculty and SPAD students were brought together to reconnect after a long summer away for some food, music, and laughs. Congratulations to first-year student Julian Hull who won the raffle grand prize for a custom sports jersey of his choice.

SPAD Students’ Council would also like to thank all who attended and hope to see you soon at our next SPAD event. To all the SPAD Frosh, welcome to the family. Get ready for the most amazing four years of your life here at Laurentian University!

2015Dec 7

Championship Selling: It’s GameDay

Good Morning everyone it’s GameDay! On Friday November 27, 2015, Tom Blake’s Championship Selling course came to an end, with the 7th Annual GameDay™ held in West residence. Eleven groups of third year SPAD students presented case solutions to eleven different high-profile companies. Students had the opportunity to put their sales skills to the test by presenting to representatives from companies that included: Sprout, TELUS, Bell, Rogers, Great West Life, American Standard, The Toronto Blue Jays, Bacardi, Proctor and Gamble, and the Royal Bank of Canada.

The Championship Selling course is unique to Laurentian University and the Sports Administration program. This is the 7th year that Tom Blake has run the course through the program, and it offers a totally unique experience to students. Every other week throughout the semester, Tom Blake makes the trip up to Sudbury from Toronto, to lead two, three hour sessions. During these sessions, Tom leads great hands-on activities, which enable students to practice their selling skills. Tom promised to teach willing students how to get a better job and how to be better at their job. Tom delivered on his promise. Getting a SPAD degree is the first step in becoming successful in the business world. However, it is experiences such as these that SPAD provides, that allows students to develop and demonstrate the skills necessary to make it in the sport industry.

Three months of hard work, client calls, and preparation lead up to GameDay™. Teams spent weeks preparing a case for each of their “clients”. The sales calls began after a quick motivational speech from Tom and his partner Hughes Gibeault at 9am, where teams would finally get to present to their respective customer. Teams had the responsibility of orchestrating two 30 minute meetings with their client(s), with emphasis on following Tom Blake’s “7-Step Championship Selling Process”. The first meeting required students to use a tactic known as “Playing Catch™” to gather important information from their client. The strategy encourages students to be good active listeners, and ask concise open-ended questions, in order to gain the information, they desire. With the information gathered in meeting one, students had to prepare a solution for the second meeting. The most important part of the second meeting was being able to present a solution that addressed both parties’ needs, and being able to “complete the play” in the end.

At the conclusion of both meetings, teams met with their respective clients, who offered constructive criticism on how to improve each student’s presentation/sales skills. SPAD Alumnus, Hughes Gibeault CEO of Optimé International was on-hand as a guest speaker for the event. Gibeault spoke passionately about his career, and how he arrived at where he is today at Optimé International. Hughes lead a debriefing exercise, where students stood at the front of the room to discuss their “ah ha” moment about the Championship Selling course. Everyone spoke about how Tom’s work has given them a new perspective on the business and sales industry, how to ask better questions and be a better listener, and about confidence. The knowledge and experience gained through this course is truly unique and invaluable.

All teams performed very well, and it was very difficult to choose the winning teams. Second place runner-up was “Integrity Solutions”, which presented to Proctor & Gamble and consisted of Martin Goudreault, Kristy Rousseau, Eman Alshehri, and Justin Lemieux. The first place team was team “J.E.G” who presented to Bell. The team consisted of Garret Elmes, Jake Wilson and Evan Paisley. When asked about his thoughts on GameDay™ 2015, Tom Blake had this to say: “We were blown away with the quality of your presentations and collateral material as well as the viable solutions. Students did a great job leading up to GameDay™, they showed great body language, eye contact, positive energy and engagement.  Students asked thoughtful questions and followed up with strong secondary probing questions to get the answer they want”.

Another successful GameDay™. Thank you to everyone who participated.

 

2015Oct 23

Flag Football Tournament

SPAD Flag FootballSaturday, September 26what a great day to host SPAD’s first official event of the 2015-16 academic year – the LU Flag Football Tournament. The fun began in the morning at 9:00am and ran until 4:00pm that afternoon. The round robin games were fast and electric, with many highlight-reel plays by students from all years and programs. In addition to the action on the gridiron, there were several skills competition games testing the individual skill and athletic prowess of the players, including a QB accuracy contest won by Ben Machin, a field goal kickoff won by Randy Brabbs, and the 40 yard dash won by Ian Pendrill. A special thanks also goes out to Toppers Pizza who provided lunch for all teams, organizers, and volunteers.

FLAG12 teams in total competed in two divisions, playing a minimum of 3 round robin games with the top 8 teams advancing to the playoffs. The playoffs were very exciting, with some very close and nail biting games. In the end it would be Blue Mountain State (BMS) vs. Mitt DartinBroncos (MDB) battling to be tournament champions. The finals got started with two quick touchdowns by each team. It stayed tight throughout the first half, with the score even at 13 going into halftime. The game was destined to be a nail biter. Each team in the second half took their fair share of penalties as the game started to wind down. In the end it came down to the final play of the game where the BMS quarterback threw a strike to his wide receiver for the score, and they won the game by a score of 25 to 20. With BMS’s victory they were awarded their trophy and $150 for their victory. Congratulations Blue Mountain State.

What a great day it was for football. A special thank you goes out to all participants and everyone who came out, as well as tournament organizers, Davis Beamish, Brayden Misley, Scott Birkbeck, Silas McKinnon, and Andrew Young for running an exciting event. Flag Football was a great way to start the year off.

 

 

 

 

 

2015Oct 22

Frosh Day

Frosh DayEvery September, SPAD Students return to Laurentian, excited for the start of what is bound to be yet another incredible year. Returning students catch up with one another, sharing their summer experiences, and soon enough, everyone begins to settle back into a routine. On Friday, September 11, 2015, the SPAD Program welcomed 70 new faces to the SPAD family. The annual SPAD Frosh Day represents the start of a new chapter, a chapter that will surely lead to amazing experiences and lifelong friendships. As per tradition, the SPAD Student Council hosts a day dedicated to the Frosh, which helps them familiarize themselves with not only their own year, but upper years and faculty as well.

The day began at 11:00am at the Ben Avery Soccer Field where SPAD Student Council welcomed 70 frosh to the program, introduced themselves, and gave their biggest pieces of advice. It was then time to give the frosh some SPAD Swag, as they received a SPAD Frosh t-shirt, as well as SPAD branded lanyards. Afterwards, it was time for the frosh to get to know each other with some introductions and icebreakers. Although icebreakers can be embarrassing at the time, the Frosh will surely look back in the future and have a good laugh at some of the events that occurred. Following the icebreakers, it was pizza time, as over 300 slices of Toppers Pizza were devoured by these eager firsts years, it was quite the performance. Once everyone was fed, it was time for some Q and A with Student Council, before heading off to Sudbury Kartway’s. From 2:00pm to 4:00pm the Frosh had the opportunity to bond while racing each other on the track, competing like PGA Pro’s on the putting greens, and smacking home runs in the batting cages. Afterwards, the SPAD Frosh were surprised with some SPAD Shot Glasses before the bus ride back to residence.

Later, after a quick rest in residence, it was time for the frosh to head down to West Residence for the first ever SPAD-wide meet-and-greet dinner. This was an amazing opportunity for frosh to familiarize themselves with SPAD and talk to upper years and faculty. In addition to the wonderful dinner, there was a Toronto Blue Jays 2016 Season Ticket raffle, with the winners being first years Mitchell Peck and Luke Mackrell.

Finally, before the end of this action-packed day, the SPAD Faculty introduced themselves in style, with Dr. Church welcoming everyone back for what is bound to be another great year. A big thank you goes out to Student Council and everyone who made this day possible. For all the SPAD Frosh, I want to welcome you to the SPAD family. Coming to SPAD was the best decision you have ever made!

2015Oct 21

Doha GOALS Forum – The Gathering of all Leaders in Sport

IMG_0166SPAD always offers incredible opportunities…even during the summer. On July 24th, ten young and eager SPAD students made their way to Los Angeles, California to attend Doha Goals Forum. Ten Students, along with Dr. Dana Ellis, represented SPAD at Doha Goals 2015.

Doha Goals primary initiative was to foster and grow the sports leaders of tomorrow, as sport can be used as a tool for inclusion, health, initiative and tolerance for all parties involved. Doha Goals wanted to inspire the millennial generation to be a catalyst for change; a catalyst for equality and diversity in the culturally rich world we live in. “I believe sport has a power to change society and change the world,” said former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, a board member of Special Olympics International.

This was for many of us the opportunity of a lifetime. Opportunities like this do not come along often…to those who are not in SPAD that is.  SPAD had never before attended Doha Goals. World Cup Champion and Captain of the Team USA Soccer Team Abby Wambach made an interesting remark about opportunities “Be willing to walk through any door, as you will never know what is on the other side.” Abby Wambach is an inspiration to females and males alike all over the world. What is interesting is that she talked about how she is not successful because she was the fastest on the pitch or the best scorer, but because she never left a door unopened. Opportunities are presented to each and everyone of us every single day. The morale of the story is, takes chances, take risks, that is how you become great. Do the impossible, be the best you can be.IMG_0154

Over the four day weekend, we had the opportunity to visit many cool places; such as the Toyota Sports Complex where we played in a soccer tournament with other student ambassadors. Unfortunately Team SPAD was unable to make the knock out stage after a 2-1 finish. The one loss of the tournament came at the hands of Sean Garnier, and for those of you who don’t know who that is, he’s only the Freestyle Soccer Champion of the World. On Saturday July 25th, we attended the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony hosted at LA Memorial Colosseum. What an experience that was, to see the power of sport, helping so many fulfil their dreams. The ceremonies were highlighted by performances by Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, O.A.R and appearances by Michelle Obama, Jamaal Charles, and Michael Phelps. The most underlying fact of these games is the idea of equality.

“Most people feel like in order to win in life, you have to beat someone, you have to win and someone else has to lose. There’s a whole other side of life. What you discover here is sport as an expression of human desire. …In some ways, I think we’re scared of that beauty. Because when you see someone fall and get up or someone in first place goes to help that person up, those kinds of things can’t be communicated with words. If we paid attention to this more, the sports page would look a lot different” – Tim Schriver.

Tim Schriver is the Chairman for the Special Olympics and was a speaker at GenUine, which was another conference being hosted at the J.W Marriot in downtown Los Angeles. Doha Goals was blessed by the opportunity to attend GenUine and hear from its many speakers, including NBA Allstar Damian Lillard, Author and Public Speaker Deepak Chopra, and owner of Tim’s Place, Tim Harris. Each and every speaker being as inspirational as the next.

The vast majority of speakers talked about how passion is a cornerstone to changing the world. George Sprour the Chief Dreamer with Building Tomorrow talked about how “passion eats the impossible for breakfast every single day.” Essentially what he means is; if you want something, do not let anyone stop you, you are unique, you can change the world. Sport is forever changing and evolving; passion and dedication is what drives change. A common theme present throughout Doha Goals 2015 was the power of sport.

“Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does” – Nelson Mandela.

So what did we learn, what did we take away from Doha Goals. I think for most of us Doha Goals provided us an opportunity to build awareness; it opened our eyes in showing us how powerful sport truly is. Everyone has the opportunity to be a game changer.

2015Jun 10

SPAD Grads at the Stanley Cup Final: Kyle Davidson

ChicagoBlackhawksLogoKyle Davidson (SPAD’10) is the Coordinator, Hockey Administration for the Chicago Blackhawks. His life is a bit of a blur right now with his team in the Stanley Cup Final and he also has many responsibilities relating to the draft and free agency that all happen within a couple of weeks of the end of the season. With all that’s on his plate right now, we really appreciate him taking some time to stop and chat with us a bit about his role, his career, and helpful advice that he wanted to pass on to future sport professionals.

 

SPADblog: Hi Kyle. It’s always great to catch up with you and we really appreciate you taking some time away from your busy schedule. I was wondering if you might be able to fill us in a bit on what your job entails.

Kyle Davidson: My job title is Coordinator, Hockey Administration.  The main responsibilities that I oversee are daily salary cap management, player contract research, compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, administration with the NHL’s Central Registry, and executing team transactions (trades, recalls, assignments, etc.). I am also involved in strategic planning for upcoming seasons with a specific focus on our salary cap spending.  Additionally, while it’s not a specific part of my job description the Blackhawks have been very fortunate in providing me the opportunity to scout and write reports on games I see in the AHL, CHL, NCAA, and USHL.

 

SB: It sounds like a great deal of responsibility for such a recent grad, particularly when you think that you got the job about a year after you graduated. Can you tell us how you got to where you currently are?

KD: I’ve always tried to stay active in hockey, whether it be helping as an Assistant Equipment Manager with the Sudbury Jr. Wolves (NOJHL) or as a Game Day Intern with the Sudbury Wolves (OHL).  I was also fortunate enough to help out on a couple draft days with the Sudbury Wolves which gave me great insight into that management side of the operation.  My fourth year internship with SPAD ended up being with the Ottawa Senators, helping to run the Bell Capital Cup hockey tournament.

My current experience with the Chicago Blackhawks began with an internship in the Hockey Operations Department in November of 2010 and from there I was able to take on more responsibility as it became available with the departures of some of our Assistant General Managers who took jobs as GMs with other teams (Kevin Cheveldayoff in Winnipeg and Marc Bergevin in Montreal).  Since the Spring of 2011 I’ve been in the same position that I am today as the Coordinator of Hockey Administration.

 

SB: What are the most important things you learned while in SPAD?

KD: I would say that the most important thing I learned at SPAD was the level of dedication and time it takes to be successful in the sports industry.  It’s not a field that you will excel in with a simple 9-5 attitude towards your work.  It’s literally a 24/7 endeavor and you have to go into it with a full understanding of what it will take to succeed.  The best examples of where I learned this were when I was part of the group helped organize the SPAD Hockey Tournament and through my internship in 4th year with the Ottawa Senators.  They were both eye opening experiences that brought to light the high level of dedication required to get the job done right.

 

 

SB: What do you think were skills, knowledge, or experiences that you possessed that most helped you achieve career success?

KD: I’d say my passions for the game of hockey and to keep learning about hockey have been the most influential forces on my professional career.  It’s something that makes going to the office everyday an easy thing to do. During the regular season (October- April) I try to see as many different games, in as many different leagues in order to continuously grow my knowledge of the game and learn what makes players and teams successful.  Without that passion for hockey and my thirst for new knowledge, I don’t think I’d be able to reconcile the fact that I’m giving up my all of my evenings and weekends in order to go scout games and do work.  At this early point in my career, I believe that I have a very strong, unique knowledge base but my passion to keep learning is something that keeps me wanting to take on more responsibility and scout more games.

 

SB: This is your second Stanley Cup Final and I was wondering how does your job changes during the Final?

KD: There really isn’t much of a change in my job specifically because we are in the Final.  The time of year is more of a determining factor in what types of tasks I’m focusing on.  At this time of year my focus shifts to player contract research (getting ready for contract negotiations with our pending UFA and RFA players), as well as preparations and meetings that lead up to the NHL Draft at the end of June.  The Draft is a very busy time in terms of player movement/acquisition, so preparation is crucial in order to be ready for such a face paced environment.

 

SB: This is the third Final in six years for the Blackhawks. As an organization is there something that you’ve learned from the other Finals that informs decisions you make now?

KD: This is actually only my second Final.  My career has been so short that during the 2010 Stanley Cup Final I was still studying for exams and watching the games at home in Sudbury with fellow 2010 SPAD Grad, Pierre Huneault.  I would say that I’ve learned to appreciate the ride a bit more this time around.  In 2013, everything was so new and exciting that it was a complete blur.  I wasn’t entirely oblivious to the magnitude of the ride I was on, but you definitely become insulated from it.  I’m a little more aware of what’s going on and how special it is during these playoffs.

 

SB: Aside from the pride and thrill of victory, how does winning the Stanley Cup impact you in your role with the team?

KD: There isn’t really a direct impact that it has on my specific role with the team, but there is a definite time crunch that comes into play since the majority of your contract and salary cap preparation for the next season happens from the end of the season until the end of the draft.  As I experienced in 2013, all of the fun things that come with winning take away from the time you would otherwise be getting work done. It’s all a great “problem” to have.

 

SB: We really appreciate you taking the time to talk with us. But before we go, I was wondering if there is something that you’ve learned during your career that you think could be useful to pass on to current SPAD students?

KD: Getting into the sports field is not something that you can enter into just because you’ve grown up a fan of a particular sport.  Speaking for my position, there are so many hours required of you during your personal time and outside of games/ regular office hours that simply loving to watch your favourite team play would not be enough to sustain your interest in the job.  The advent of websites like CapGeek have been a great resource for hockey fans but, in turn, have truly over simplified what really happens behind the scenes in getting a team on the ice.  Sometimes, the amount of work required just to get a 7th defenseman eligible to simply sit in the press box as healthy scratch is an all-day endeavor due to the salary cap and CBA regulations that need to be navigated.

 

Kyle is further evidence that nice guys so often can finish first. He has always given his time to give back to the SPAD program and we really appreciate his time and efforts.  Perhaps his most important contribution though is the role model he has become for future SPAD Grads. Kyle is a perfect example of hard work, strong interpersonal skills, and a lifelong willingness to learn taking you to the peak of success. We wish him all the best during the Final. Thanks again Kyle.

 

 

2015Mar 3

SPAD Speaks #2 – The World Cup of Hockey

By Blog Contributor Alex Saunders

The World Cup of Hockey will make its return in September 2016 after the National Hockey League had previously kicked around the idea for several years. The competition will be comprised of six national teams (Canada, United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic), a team featuring the best NHL talent from the European countries not included, and finally, a team made up of North America’s top NHL talent under the age of 24. Since the announcement was made this past month regarding the tournament’s return, there has been some significant criticism from journalists and fans alike. It only seemed natural to publish SPAD Blog’s second-installment of “SPAD Speaks” to see what current students think about these criticisms.

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It is easy to see that current SPAD students are not as pessimistic as those who have openly criticized the framework for this upcoming tournament. Over 65% of the students polled answered that they are content with the aforementioned framework. But the one thing that is intriguing about these results is the difference in responses ranging from year to year. First year students are overwhelmingly positive and confident that the tournament will be successful while third year students seem to be split nearly right down the middle on the subject. “What is the reason for the variance found within the results from year to year” one may ask?

Current third year SPAD student, Mitchell Seabrook, spoke about his optimism regarding the tournament. I find the North American young stars team interesting, as it definitely gives the younger players in the league an opportunity at the international stage that they wouldn’t have gotten for several years otherwise.” However, Mitchell acknowledges that there may be some competitive disadvantages associated with the way that this tournament will play out. “But I don’t see (the North American young stars) being overly successful”. This one point of view seems to sum up the overall results found when analyzing the results of the third year students who were polled as there seemed to be some indecision in weighing the pros and the cons.

First year SPAD student, Riley Harbour, spoke about his uncertainty about how the tournament will be run. “I actually like the idea of the World Cup, but I’m not the biggest fan of the two mixed teams. But it still intrigues me on how the tournament will turn out. It will, however, be exciting to see the best young North American players going up against the top Canadian and American players. One of the things I wonder about the tournament is what anthem they will use for the two mixed teams. Overall I am very excited about the tournament and it should be very exciting to watch!”

While students are generally positive about the prospects of this World Cup, it is clear that there are many questions that have been left unanswered regarding how the two non-National teams will be operated and branded. Team anthems, jerseys and overall functionality as well as the competitive balance of the tournament are the main focal points for concern but we shall see how these issues are addressed as 2016 looms closer.

This is the second installment of the SPAD Speaks series. If you have any suggestions for future topics, please e-mail them to tfitch@laurentian.ca .

2015Jan 29

SPAD at the World Juniors – Current Students Volunteer in Toronto

By Blog Contributor Tyler Fitch

The World Junior Championships have brought a special buzz to Canadians during the holidays, providing an entertaining and often nerve-racking event to watch around the holiday season. For a handful of SPAD students, it was also a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in the industry. This is the first of two articles relating to current SPAD Students and their experiences at this year’s World Junior Hockey Championships.

 

Glen Hall – Economic Assessment Committee

My role at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships was a member of the economic assessment committee. I was one of two team leads, guiding a team of 8 volunteers to collect valuable economic information from spectators who attended the tournament. The information collected such as spending at the arena, hotel room nights, and other entertainment expenditures, allow the organizing committee to justify to the host city that it is worthwhile to host events like these. Our team was tasked to collect economic information from 400 spectators over the length of the tournament, which we surpassed.

My experience at the tournament surpassed my expectations. I got to meet a lot of interesting people from hockey operations personnel for the LA Kings to fellow SPAD students helping out at the tournament. Being a part of an event like this, you really understand how important volunteers are to the success of the tournament. The World Juniors are returning to Toronto in 2017 and I encourage all SPAD students interested in getting valuable industry experience to apply to be a part of this great event.

Brayden Misley – Team Services

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SPAD Student Brayden Misley sets the warm-up pucks for Team Russia during the World Juniors.

I was a part of the Team Services group for the World Juniors. The main role was to help teams with anything that they needed. If a team equipment manager needed Gatorade, towels, water, fruit, etc., we would gather it for them. Roughly 2-3 hours before every game, we would deliver food & beverages to the teams. We also were tasked with cleaning dressing rooms & referees rooms, loading equipment on trucks to be taken from the MCC to the ACC, and moving them into their respective dressing rooms. Closer to game time, we were responsible for prepping the benches with Gatorade (and towels), setting up the warmup pucks, and gathering them when warmups were complete.

Overall, it was a great experience to see how an event is run from behind the scenes, and to be a part of a volunteer group who tackles the little things to keep the event running smoothly. It was also a great experience and opportunity to volunteer with Hockey Canada and meet industry professionals from Hockey Canada and various teams around the OHL.

 

 

Evan Paisley – Accreditation

The entirety of my role was to create and distribute accreditation to all the volunteers, staff, players, and guests of the IIHF. Essentially, I was tasked with taking pictures of each person, assigning them with the proper letter and number combination (which shows where each person is allowed to go) and handing them their credentials.

The experience was extremely beneficial, I met a ton of influential people from all walks of the sporting world, including some that I didn’t even know existed. It also gave me a better understanding of the amount of work that has to go into running a tournament. There were 15 accreditation volunteers and we worked every day from the 19th to the 5th, accrediting over 2000 people.

 

Nathalie Mihalek – McDonald’s Fan Zone

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Nathalie Mihalek sits at the Sportscentre desk while volunteering with the McDonalds Fan Zone.

The World Juniors McDonald’s Fan Zone at Maple Leafs Square ran from January 2nd to January 5th and throughout my time volunteering for the Fan Fest Committee, I helped with Hockey Canada’s Century Tour Bus and the TSN booth, alongside a group of 12-14 other volunteers.

Hockey Canada’s Century Tour Bus has been traveling to communities all over Canada to celebrate 100 years of hockey and the bus featured a timeline wall, interactive video walls, a replica Team Canada locker from Sochi, table hockey, tablet stations and more interactive games for fans. The TSN booth allowed individuals to sit at a replica SportsCentre commentator’s desk, read off a script and essentially, “become a commentator” of a World Junior highlight clip. My key responsibility within the Fan Zone was to raise excitement towards this emerging world-class sporting event, along with managing and encouraging participants to engage in the Fan Zone activities. Despite the cold January weather, I had an amazing time at the Championships and was able to meet a ton of great people, along with seeing other SPAD students and friends volunteering as well.

Stay tuned for more stories from SPAD students and their time at the World Juniors, including Matt Mueller, Mitch Schnitzler, Bryce Newton, and Sean Meyers.