Canadian Women's Hockey Greats Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Sami Jo Small to coach 350 future hockey stars in two-day event
WINNIPEG, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Two-time Olympic gold medalist and
former Captain of Team Canada Women's Hockey Cassie Campbell-Pascall
and two-time Olympic gold medalist Sami Jo Small are teaming up to
coach young female athletes at the second annual Scotiabank Girls
HockeyFest Manitoba. The two hockey greats will coach some 350 minor
hockey players valuable ice and life skills during the two-day event
which takes place on Sunday, February 17 in Winnipeg and Monday, February 18 in Brandon.
"Along with our partners at Hockey Manitoba, we are excited to bring
Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest back to Winnipeg and Brandon because it
allows young athletes to come together as a community and learn
valuable skills from strong role models," said Daryl Dunn, Scotiabank
District Vice President, Winnipeg District. "This two-day event is a
fabulous opportunity for young girls to learn on and off the ice skills
from Canada's top female athletes, and also a way, we at Scotiabank,
are supporting both hockey at the community level and also female
players who are the future of the sport."
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. Sunday's event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. at MTS
Iceplex in Winnipeg. On Monday, Brandon's Westman Communications Group
Place (Keystone Centre) will host the girls from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Both events will include a keynote address from the Olympians about the
importance of the hard work and perseverance in helping them reach
their personal and professional goals.
"Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest is a great way to both introduce young
female athletes to Canada's game and also help hone the skills of some
young stars in the making," said Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Scotiabank
Hockey Ambassador. "As a coach, it means a lot to me to be a part of
this event, to help young girls improve their game, and also give them
the chance to learn both life and hockey skills that I hope will stick
with them throughout their lives."
Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest began in Ottawa nine years ago. This year,
it will be held in Winnipeg, Brandon, Ottawa and Toronto, and was held
for the first time in St. John's last week during Scotiabank Hockey Day
in Canada, and in Calgary in the fall of 2012. To learn more about the
event please visit www.scotiabankgirlshockeyfest.com.
About the Coaches:
Cassie Campbell-Pascall was the captain of the Canadian women's hockey
team during the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics and is the only captain,
male or female, to lead Canada to two gold medals. The first woman to
do colour commentary on Hockey Night in Canada, Campbell-Pascall
currently works as a TV analyst for TSN's women's hockey coverage and
for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and acts as special advisor on
Scotiabank hockey programs.
Sami Jo Small, a powerful 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 Canadian Women's Hockey League and is a proud
member of the Toronto team in the CWHL.
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