The Greater Toronto Hockey League To Celebrate its 100th Anniversary at Star Studded Gala

GTHL All Star Team of the Century presented by Scotiabank to be announced

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - The Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) today announced the final details of its 100th Anniversary Dinner Gala.

The event will take place on Saturday September 17 at 7:00pm at the Toronto Congress Centre and will see 450 people including league administrators, volunteers, sponsors, and fans gather to reminisce about the rich history of the League and celebrate this milestone.

The highlight of the evening will be the introduction of the GTHL All Star Team of the Century presented by Scotiabank.  Thousands of people voted online to determine the top 6 players from an extensive list of GTHL graduates.  The team includes 1 goalie, 2 defensemen, and 3 forwards.  5 of the 6 players named will be in attendance that evening to accept this prestigious honour.

"The members of the GTHL All Star Team of the Century are not only the greatest players to have played in the GTHL but are among the greatest players to have ever played this game.  It is truly remarkable and shows the strength and quality of our League," said GTHL President John Gardner.  "We're proud of these players and proud of all of the young men and women who have graduated from the GTHL and were able to find success in their lives."

"The 100th Anniversary commemorates a tremendous milestone for the GTHL, and Scotiabank is thrilled to present the All Star Team of the Century," said Duncan Hannay, Scotiabank Senior Vice-President, Marketing.  "Playing hockey helps foster teamwork and dedication, two of the many skills that the GTHL All Star Team of the Century has demonstrated.  Scotiabank commends and congratulates the players on their great achievements."

Rounding out the star studded line up of speakers and special guests are Maple Leaf President and General Manager Brian Burke, CBC's Hockey Night in Canada star Don Cherry, NHL hockey analyst Glenn Healy, former NHL player Dennis Hull, and Sportsnet Radio the FAN 590 host Gord Stellick who will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Tickets for this event are sold out.  For more information please visit www.GTHLCanada.com.

About GTHL

Founded in 1911, the Greater Toronto Hockey League is a non-profit organization and is the largest amateur minor hockey league in the World.  There are over 40,000 participants registered annually in the GTHL.  GTHL jurisdiction spans Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Vaughan, and Markham and includes players ranging from the ages of 4-20.

About Scotiabank

As the Official Bank of the NHL®, NHLPA®, NHL Alumni™ and the CWHL, Scotiabank is very proud to be Canada's Hockey Bank.  Scotiabank has a long tradition of supporting hockey in Canada from local teams and minor hockey associations to professional players and leagues.  Through its partnerships, Scotiabank's hockey programs enrich the communities where Canadians live and work by engaging fans and players in new ways to celebrate our game.  Scotiabank supports the passion and pride Canadians feel for hockey and believes it is fundamental to helping young people learn about teamwork, camaraderie and the spirit of competition.  Scotiabank's partnership with Pro Hockey Life provides exclusive in-store and online discounts to Scotiabank customers, promotes advice on equipment and enhances the grassroots community programs of both companies. Scotiabank also has partnerships with the Montreal Canadiens®, the Calgary Flames®, and the Ottawa Senators®, whose home arenas are Scotiabank Saddledome and Scotiabank Place. For more information, on Scotiabank's hockey programs visit www.scotiahockeyclub.com

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2009 the Bank provided about $39 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com

SOURCE Scotiabank - Sponsorships

For further information:

Scott Oakman, Executive Director
soakman@gthlcanada.com
416-636-6845 x224

Livy Feldgajer
Scotiabank Media Communications
647-628-3501


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