Canadian Paralympic Gold Medalist Paul Rosen to Attend - 23rd Annual Irving Oil Challenge Cup

MOUNT PEARL, NL, March 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Irving Oil is pleased to announce that Paul Rosen will be the keynote speaker at the 23rd Annual Irving Oil Challenge Cup awards banquet, taking place in Mount Pearl, NL on April 5.  Rosen represented Canada on the National Sledge Hockey Team during the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

Originally from Thornhill Ontario, Paul Rosen was a promising Midget AAA hockey player before falling and breaking his leg in fourteen places during a tournament. After enduring countless surgeries over a twenty-four year period, Paul eventually lost his leg below the knee to a life threatening infection.

Soon after rehabilitation, and determined to follow his passion for hockey, Rosen earned a spot on the Canadian National Sledge Hockey Team. In 2006, he won a gold medal for Canada at the Paralympic Games in Torino, Italy.

"'No', is a word I never use," says Rosen. "If you believe in yourself and never give up, you can accomplish great things; I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences with these talented young athletes and encouraging them to follow their dreams."

"Paul Rosen upholds many of the values that are important to us at Irving Oil: perseverance, dedication and hard work. He's a terrific role model to young athletes everywhere," says Paul Browning, President & CEO of Irving Oil. "As a proud supporter of youth sport across Atlantic Canada, we're looking forward to hearing his story and experiencing the very best in Bantam AAA hockey in Mount Pearl next month."

"Paul Rosen is an inspiration for our young players and all Canadians," says Wally O'Neill, Irving Oil Challenge Host Committee Chair. "We know that our young athletes will appreciate and be inspired by his life story."

The Challenge Cup is the largest Bantam AAA hockey tournament in Atlantic Canada and takes place April 3 – 6 at the Glacier Arena in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Bantam AAA teams across Atlantic Canada have been in fierce competition for their respective Bantam AAA Provincial Championship titles and a spot in the 2014 Irving Oil Challenge Cup tournament.

Prince Edward Island's Charlottetown Irving Oil Abbies, Nova Scotia's Irving Oil Bubba Ray Gulls and two teams from Newfoundland and Labrador, the host team, Tri Com Irving Oil Bantam AAA Thunder and the provincial champions, the St. John's Irving Oil Bantam AAA Ice Breakers, are on their way to Mount Pearl this April. The New Brunswick Irving Oil Bantam AAA Championship team will be decided in the coming weeks.

Irving Oil has supported Bantam AAA hockey throughout Atlantic Canada since 1991, sponsoring all Bantam AAA hockey teams, their respective provincial league championships and the Irving Oil Challenge Cup. To help us get more kids on the ice in Atlantic Canada, visit Facebook.com/irvingoil, beginning Wednesday, March 19 and also be entered to win fuel for a year.

About Irving Oil
Irving Oil is a privately owned, increasingly global energy and marketing company that provides Eastern Canada and New England with high-quality products and customer service. Founded in 1924 and based in Saint John, New Brunswick, Irving Oil maintains a strong tradition of committed community service and partnerships through programs in healthcare, the environment, education and sports. For more information about Irving Oil and its community programs, please visit us at www.irvingoil.com or follow us at facebook.com/irvingoil.

SOURCE Irving Oil

For further information: Media contacts: Wally O'Neill, Host Committee Chair, 2014 Irving Oil Challenge Cup, 709-579-5360, woneill2@triware.ca; For Paul Rosen, Rich Libner 306.382.0330 ext. 23, mcp@mcptalent.com; Sam Robinson, Public Affairs, Irving Oil, 506.650.4947, samantha.robinson@irvingoil.com