PEI plays host to marquee event for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada
TORONTO, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadian hockey lovers of all ages are invited to celebrate our nation's
favourite pastime on February 11, 2012, by participating in Scotiabank
Hockey Day in Canada on CBC.
Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is a full day of hockey; featuring
matchups between Canada's NHL teams, broadcast live on CBC. The
festivities kick off at 12 noon EST and will showcase celebrations
across the country featuring some of Canada's most well- known hockey
"The love of hockey is a common thread connecting Canadians from coast
to coast, whether it's playing a game of pick-up at the community rink,
cheering on the local minor team or taking in an NHL game," said Anatol
von Hahn, Scotiabank Group Head, Canadian Banking. "As Canada's Hockey
Bank, we're excited to join the communities where we live and work in
celebrating this great sport and the richness it brings to the lives of
hockey fans and families everywhere."
The CBC broadcast will be hosted from Prince Edward Island by well-known
CBC personalities Don Cherry and Ron MacLean, who will be joined by NHL
alumni and former Olympic athletes in a series of events celebrating
"Canadians are quite possibly the most devoted and passionate hockey
fans in the world and we want to make this an unforgettable day for
everyone attending Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada festivities in
person across Canada or joining our live broadcast on CBC," said
Olympic gold medalist and Scotiabank Hockey Ambassador Cassie
Campbell-Pascall , who will be coaching hockey in PEI, with Lanny
McDonald, Stephane Richer, Tessa Bonhomme, Mark Napier and Bryan
Trottier among a marquee line up of hockey greats.
Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will kick off early in the host province
PEI, with events taking place in the week leading up to February 11.
Events include youth skills clinics and school visits with the Stanley
Cup. Additional events in PEI include Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest,
where more than one hundred girls, aged 7-14 will receive on-ice skills
training from none other than 2010 Winter Olympic gold medalist Tessa
The Scotiabank Bigger Save contest winners, the Abbotsford Ice Atom
team, a minor girls hockey team from Abbotsford, British Columbia, will
lace up their skates to face-off against a PEI minor hockey team in
Summerside, PEI. The team was encouraged to make a pledge to save money
toward a team goal. Throughout the 2011-2012 hockey season, the goal
of the Ice was to save for a trip to Surrey, B.C. to participate in a
"Canada has great young hockey talent and it's exciting to see it
showcased as part of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada," said Tessa
Bonhomme, who will be assisting with Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest in
Summerside. "With programs like Girls HockeyFest in PEI, or games
between minor hockey teams, we're proud to help young athletes achieve
their hockey dreams."
Over in Winnipeg, MB, hockey lovers will take to The Forks to meet NHL
Alumni, skate on the outdoor rink and join in a Family Pond Hockey
Tournament, where generations of families will test out their skills in
what will be an unforgettable competition.
In Richmond, B.C., visitors will relive Olympic glory at the Richmond
Olympic Oval as it hosts a day dedicated to all things hockey. Fans
will have the chance to explore the Hockey Hall of Fame's "Legends"
exhibit and meet NHL Legends like former Vancouver Canuck Trevor Linden
in the flesh.
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.
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
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 $44 million annually to community causes around the world
over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
SOURCE Scotiabank - Sponsorships
For further information:
Crystal Jongeward, Scotiabank Media Communications, 416-402-2178 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (PEI on site contact for February 11th).
Diana Hart, Scotiabank Media Communications, 416-866-7238 or email@example.com.