Niagara Catholic Launches Innovative New Leadership and Legacy Program with Team Canada ’72

The 2016-2017 school year hasn’t even started yet, but it’s already shaping up to be a banner year.

During the second day of the annual two-day Director’s Meeting for administrators and managers, Niagara Catholic’s leadership team had the extraordinary opportunity to learn about leadership and teamwork from five men who are experts in the field.

Some of the names may be easier than others to recognize – the names Esposito and Hull are among the most vaunted names in hockey, and for good reason. Tony and Phil Esposito and Dennis and Bobby Hull are legends of the game. Phil Esposito and Dennis Hull – members of Team Canada 1972, the team that against all odds won the so-called Summit Series against the best players in the Soviet Union that year – were among those on the panel at the Director’s Meeting, joined by Coach Harry Sinden, and teammates Brad Park and Pat Stapleton. They were on hand to launch a new leadership and legacy partnership with Niagara Catholic and Brock University’s Goodman School of Business called 28:8: The Power of Teamwork, which will help both staff and student leaders develop their leadership and team-building skills. Hundreds of student leaders across Niagara Catholic will have the opportunity to learn more about this program during the Niagara Catholic Student Leadership Symposium, which will take place in October. During this event, students will have the opportunity to interact with various players from Team Canada 72, to hear stories about the Summit Series and about how they had to learn to come together as a team in just 27 days.

This project will also include an important academic component, as students in Grades 4-6 learn about the Summit Series, the time in which it took place, and the way in which it effected change on the world.

The event was also the launch of the Summit Series Tour, which will take place in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver (the four Canadian cities which hosted the Summit Series before play moved to Moscow to complete the series)​ this September. This tour will be much like the event Niagara Catholic administrators and managers enjoyed August 25 –  a panel discussion with the players about their experiences in training camp, and on the ice and off the ice during the series, in Canada and in Moscow. As a follow-up to the panel discussion that will be the showpiece of the tour, our administrators then took those lessons and talked about ways they can be integrated into the classroom.

Special thanks to all those who worked so hard to bring this innovative program for our students to life, and to Dr. Barry Wright, Interim Dean of Brock University’s Goodman School of Business, for facilitating the panel discussion. View more photos on our Facebook page.

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