Hockey Manitoba and Scotiabank teaming up with elite Canadian Women's
hockey players, who will coach hundreds of aspiring young athletes
during two-day event
WINNIPEG, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - On Sunday, February 19, 2012, young
female hockey players will have the opportunity to learn from some of
the country's greatest hockey stars during the first ever Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest Manitoba. Olympic gold medalist Cherie Piper will join other elite athletes to
coach over 400 minor hockey players, ages 7-12, during the two-day
event, which takes place on Sunday February 19 in Winnipeg and Monday,
February 20 in Brandon.
Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest offers girls from novice, atom and peewee
levels the opportunity to improve both on-ice game skills and off-ice
life skills with coaching from some of the best female hockey players
in the world. The event began in Ottawa and expanded to include Calgary
and Oakville, and now, with help from special partner Hockey Manitoba, Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba. Sunday's event will take place over two-half day sessions between
9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg. On Monday,
Brandon's Kinsmen Arena will host the girls from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
"It's an amazing time for hockey in Manitoba right now, the city is
thrilled about the return of the Winnipeg Jets," said Cherie Piper,
three-time Olympic gold medalist. "I'm really so excited to be part of
bringing that love of hockey to the provinces' young female players
during Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest. I know how important getting the
right training is and I'm looking forward to sharing my experience with
the next generation of female hockey players."
The all-day event is comprised of on and off-ice training, a goaltending
seminar and a keynote address from the Olympian on the hard work,
dedication and determination that helped her reach her goals. Piper
will be joined by special coaches and fellow Olympic gold medalists
Lori Dupuis during the Winnipeg event and Winnipeg-born Sami Jo Small
for the Brandon event, as well as other talented local hockey players
who will help lead the girls. Winnipeg's event will also offer special
programs for young female officials and coaches to improve their
"Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest offers girls the opportunity to get advice
and training from talented players who have seen what it takes to make
it in the sport," said Terry Bjornson, District Vice-President,
Winnipeg District. "The young athletes will get to spend time with
great role models who can help inspire them to reach their goals both
on and off the ice."
"We are excited to be partnering with Scotiabank to bring Scotiabank
Girls HockeyFest to our talented players here in Manitoba," said Brian
Franklin, President of Hockey Manitoba. "We are always working to grow the great game of hockey and having
three such great female hockey players coach these hundreds of young
women, we can't wait to see how far these young athletes can go with
such dedicated training."
To learn more, please visit www.scotiabankgirlshockeyfest.com.
About the coaches
Cherie Piper is a powerful women's hockey player from Toronto. She is
three-time Olympic gold medalist and a current member of the Canadian
national women's hockey team. She currently plays for the Brampton team
in the Canadian Women's Hockey League.
Sami Jo Small, from Winnipeg, a tremendous force in women's hockey, is a
two-time Olympic gold medalist, five-time World Champion and two-time
World Champion MVP. She co-founded the CWHL and is a proud member of
its Toronto team.
Recognized as one of the best female hockey players in the world, Lori
Dupuis was a long time member of Canada's National Women's Ice Hockey
team, playing over 100 games. She has played in three World
Championships, winning three gold medals, and in two Olympics, winning
a gold and silver medal. She currently is the assistant captain of the
Brampton team in the CWHL.
Scotiabank is very proud to be Canada's Hockey Bank and is the Official
Bank of the NHL®, NHLPA®, NHL Alumni™, CWHL, Winnipeg Jets®, Toronto
Maple Leafs®, Calgary Flames® whose home arena is the Scotiabank
Saddledome, and the Ottawa Senators® whose home arena is Scotiabank
Place. The Bank also has a partnership with the Montreal Canadiens®.
Scotiabank has a long tradition of supporting hockey in Canada from
local teams and minor hockey associations to professional players and
leagues. Across Canadian communities from coast to coast, Scotiabank's
Community Hockey Sponsorship Program reaches out to more than 3,700
minor hockey teams and leagues.To find out more about Scotiabank's
hockey programs, please visit www.facebook.com/scotiahockeyclub.
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and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic
program, 'Bright Future'. Recognized as a leader internationally and
among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and
philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average
approximately $45 million annually to community causes around the world
over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
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