Toronto Maple Leafs and Philips Give New Meaning to "Game Face"

Contest rewards best game face, encourages early playoff beards as show of support

TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The Toronto Maple Leafs and Philips are reinventing a revered hockey tradition - the playoff beard - with a contest to encourage Leafs' fans to start their (well-groomed) playoff beards now as a sign of confidence in their Buds.

And if team spirit isn't enough, how's this for motivation? As the Official Shaver of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philips will award the grand prize winner of the Philips Game Face contest with two 'between the bench' seats, their face on the Philips rink board at Air Canada Centre during a Leafs game, dinner with a prominent member of the Leafs Alumni Association, two autographed Leafs jerseys and Philips' highest-end electric shaver, the SensoTouch 3D. Secondary contest prizes include Leafs tickets, and a Philips Maple Leafs Gift Pack containing the Philips Beard Trimmer 9000 featuring the revolutionary laser-guided grooming technology.

"Don't wait to put your game face on," said David Hopkinson, Chief Commercial Officer at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. "Anybody can jump on the bandwagon late in the season, but we've got a young, exciting team out there on the ice every night and I know that being able to look out at the fans -- the seventh man - gives them a real boost."

Fans can enter the Game Face contest at http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/philips where they can upload photos of their own game face, or they can share their game face photo on Twitter using the hashtag #PhilipsGameFace. Once uploaded, besides being entered into the contest fans will receive an image showing their face on the Philips rink board at Air Canada Centre, suitable for sharing and good-natured mockery on social media. One grand prize winner and two secondary winners will be selected through random draw throughout the contest.

"We are so proud that Philips is the Official Shaver of the Toronto Maple Leafs," said Iain Burns, CEO of Philips Canada. "The Philips range of innovative groomers and shavers for men ensure the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans have the equipment they need to groom their playoff beards at every stage of growth!"

The Philips Game Face contest will run from Friday, November 15th until Tuesday, December 31st, 2013.

About Royal Philips:
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2012 sales of EUR 24.8 billion and employs approximately 114,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

About Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) is one of the world's premier sports and entertainment companies. It owns the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA), the Toronto Marlies (AHL), Toronto FC (MLS), Air Canada Centre, Maple Leaf Square,three digital channels - Leafs TV, NBA TV Canada and GOLTV Canada and has a partnership with Live Nation - the biggest concert promoter in the world. MLSE has also invested in five of Toronto's sports facilities - Ricoh Coliseum, home of the Marlies, BMO Field, home of Toronto FC, Lamport Stadium, KIA Training Grounds at Downsview Park, home of Toronto FC Academy and the First Team's practice facility, and the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, the practice facility for the Maple Leafs and Marlies. MLSE operates and manages events at Ricoh Coliseum and BMO Field.

Image with caption: "Contest rewards best game face, encourages early playoff beards as show of support (CNW Group/Royal Philips)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131115_C7928_PHOTO_EN_33411.jpg

SOURCE: Royal Philips

For further information:

Santina Giuliano
Philips Canada
(905) 201-4196
santina.giuliano@philips.com


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