OHL Coaches Conference



The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to hold the 6th annual OHL Coaches Conference providing minor hockey coaches the opportunity to learn from OHL, AHL, and NHL personnel in an interactive professional development day.

Programs are open to any coach registered within the OHF, OHA, OWHA, HEO, or HNO. The presented content can be applied to every level of coaching.

The event will be held on Saturday June 1, 2019 on the campus of UOIT in Oshawa, ON.

All attending coaches will receive three certification maintenance points towards their Hockey Canada coaching levels.



The cost for the one day program is $200 and will include a welcome gift from the OHL, all presented materials and lunch.



  • 8:30- 9:00am Registration
  • 9:05am Welcome Message – OHL Commissioner David Branch
  • 9:15am High Performance Coach Benchmarks – Jay Harrison (Game Change)
  • 10:15am Developing Offensive Defencemen – Ryan Mougenel (Asst. Coach, Providence Bruins, AHL)
  • 11:15am Coach Development & Growth – Chris Lazary (Head Coach, Saginaw Spirit, OHL)
  • 12:15pm Lunch
  • 1:15pm Coaching the Modern Athlete – Wes Wolfe (Asst. Coach, Erie Otters, OHL)
  • 2:15pm Effective Entries – Troy Smith (Asst. Coach, Humboldt Broncos, SJHL)
  • 3:15pm Coaches Supporting Parents (Canadian Mental Health Association)
  • 4:15pm Depart


Confirmed Presenters:

Jay Harrison
• Alumni of the Brampton Battalion, selected 1st overall in the 1998 OHL Priority Selection
• Alumni of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets  Played professionally from 2002-16 with over 300 NHL Games played
• Currently finalizing his training as a Counselling Psychologist  Doctor of Philosophy – PhD, Performance Psychology
• High Performance Director with Game Change

Ryan Mougenel
• Alumni of the Owen Sound Platers & Kitchener Rangers
• Six pro seasons between the AHL and ECHL as a player
• 2005-13 as the Head Coach & General Manger with the Fresno Falcons & Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL
• 2013-17 as the Assistant Coach with the San Jose Barracuda and Hershey Bears of the AHL
• Currently an Assistant Coach with the Providence Bruins

Chris Lazary
• Former Assistant Coach of the St. Michael’s Buzzers, OJHL
• Former Assistant Coach of the York University Lions, OUA
• Former Head Coach of the Waterloo Siskins, Jr. B
• Former Assistant Coach of the Sarnia Sting
• Currently the Head Coach of the Saginaw Spirit

Wes Wolfe
• Former Head Coach of the Pelham Pirates, GOJHL
• Former Head Coach & Assistant General Manager of the St. Catharines Falcons, GOJHL
• Created and operates the Niagara Hockey Coaches Seminar
• Currently the Assistant Coach of the Erie Otters

Troy Smith
• Alumni of the Detroit Jr Red Wings & Plymouth Whalers
• Alumni of the St. Francis Xavier X-Men 
• Former Head Coach & Assistant Coach of the Kitchener Rangers
• Former Head Coach of the Saginaw Spirit
• Currently the Associate Coach of the Humboldt Broncos



Registration for the 2019 OHL Coaches Conference can be completed at the below registration link. Please note that this program is limited to 100 participants.



For more information please contact:

Joe Birch

Vice President, Development

Phone: 416-299-8700 ext. 228