Canadian Women's Hockey Greats Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Sami Jo Small
to coach over 200 future hockey stars
OTTAWA, March 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Two-time Olympic gold medalist and former
Captain of Canada's National Women's Hockey Team Cassie
Campbell-Pascall and two-time Olympic gold medalist Sami Jo Small are
teaming up to coach young female athletes at Scotiabank Girls
HockeyFest Ottawa. The two hockey greats will coach over 200 minor
hockey players, teaching them valuable ice and life skills during the
event which takes place on Sunday, March 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.
"With our partners at the Ottawa Senators, we're excited to bring
Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest back to Ottawa, where it all started nine
years ago," said Steffanie Eckford, Scotiabank Kanata Branch Manager.
"The event has grown over the years, with more participants taking part
in cities across Canada, but at its heart the event remains the same, a
unique environment for young athletes to come together as a community
and learn valuable skills from strong role models. We look forward to
the young future hockey stars having an unforgettable day."
Offered to girls from novice, atom and peewee levels, the all-day event
is comprised of on and off-ice training, a tour of Scotiabank Place,
and keynote addresses from both coaches on the hard work, dedication
and determination that helped them reach their goals. The Olympians
will receive help from athletes from the Carleton University and
University of Ottawa hockey teams.
"There is something special about being surrounded by people who love
your sport as much as you do," said Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Scotiabank
Hockey Ambassador. "Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest offers young female
athletes the chance to learn about and celebrate hockey, skating on the
ice that the Ottawa Senators call home. And as a coach, this event
means a lot to me as I get to both help the girls improve their game
and give them the chance to learn life skills that I hope they'll carry
throughout their lives both on and off the ice."
The new season for Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest included events in
Winnipeg, Brandon and St. John's, as well as Calgary in the fall of
2012. Toronto will have a chance to host the event later this spring.
To learn more about the event please visit www.scotiabankgirlshockeyfest.com.
About the coaches
Cassie Campbell-Pascall, one of the most successful and recognized
players in women's hockey, holds 21 medals from Olympic, international
and national championships - 17 of them gold. She is a former Captain
of the Canadian National Women's Hockey Team and she is the only player
to captain two gold medal winning hockey teams. She is also the first
woman to provide colour commentary for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada
broadcast. Campbell-Pascall is a Scotiabank Hockey Ambassador.
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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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 4,500 minor hockey teams. To find out more about Scotiabank's
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internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable
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