2007 RBC Local Hockey Leaders Named



    13 dedicated hockey volunteers to be recognized in the Hockey Hall of
    Fame and receive $10,000 each, courtesy of RBC Insurance, towards
    grassroots hockey in their community

    TORONTO, March 1 /CNW/ - RBC Insurance, with support from Hockey Canada
and the Hockey Hall of Fame, today recognized Canada's most dedicated
behind-the-scenes hockey volunteers as part of the fourth annual RBC Local
Hockey Leaders program.
    Each winner will receive $10,000 to put towards grassroots hockey in
their community and a signed Team Canada jersey. A banner recognizing the
achievement will also be raised in the winner's local arena. In addition, the
13 RBC Local Hockey Leaders - one from each regional Hockey Canada branch -
will be recognized in a special permanent display at the Hockey Hall of Fame,
which will be unveiled in April at a special ceremony honouring the 2006/2007
RBC Local Hockey Leaders.
    "Canadians have a tremendous passion for hockey, and this passion was
reflected in the more than 1,000 submissions we received for this year's RBC
Local Hockey Leaders program," said Neil Skelding, President and CEO, RBC
Insurance. "RBC Insurance is very proud to help the most deserving of these
hockey volunteers take their rightful place in the Hockey Hall of Fame."

    
    2007 Regional RBC Local Hockey Leaders:

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    Region                  RBC Local Hockey Leader  Community
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    Hockey North            Dale Smith               Cambridge Bay, NU
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    British Columbia        Gary Edwards             Cecil Lake, BC
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    Alberta                 Brian Ennis              Red Deer, AB
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    Saskatchewan            Johnny Ford              Gray, SK
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    Manitoba                Henry Kazina             Tyndall, MB
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    Ontario                 Murray Howard            London, ON
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    Northwestern Ontario    Dan Reynard              Kenora, ON
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    Ottawa District         Raymond & Cheryl Graham  Ottawa, ON
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    Quebec                  Robert Nutbrown          Canton d'Ascot, QC
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    New Brunswick           Garry Brooks             Fredericton Junction, NB
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    Nova Scotia             John Murphy              Yarmouth, NS
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    Prince Edward Island    Terri MacDonald          Central Bedeque, PEI
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    Newfoundland & Labrador Joseph Lane              Port Aux Basques, NFLD
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    A panel of experts including Hockey Hall of Fame Director of Public
Affairs Ron Ellis, Chair of the Board for Hockey Canada René Marcil, and 2006
Olympic gold medalists Jennifer Botterill (Women's Ice Hockey) and Jean
Labonté (Men's Sledge Hockey) selected the winners based on guidelines that
include dedication, leadership, commitment and impact on hockey and hockey
players in their community.
    "If you visit any arena in Canada, chances are you will hear people
talking about the RBC Local Hockey Leaders program and about a volunteer in
their community who is a perfect candidate for recognition," said Bob
Nicholson, President, Hockey Canada. "This program resonates across the
country, because every Canadian community has individuals that organize,
administer, fundraise, coach and do whatever it takes to keep hockey vibrant
in their communities. We appreciate RBC's continued leadership in recognizing
these volunteers."
    RBC initiated the RBC Local Hockey Leaders program in 2003 to recognize
individuals who dedicate their time to hockey at the community level. The
program has donated more than $450,000 to grassroots hockey initiatives across
Canada, including the $130,000 donated on behalf of the 2006/2007 RBC Local
Hockey Leaders.
    For more information and biographies on all of the RBC Local Hockey
Leaders, please visit www.rbclocalhockeyleaders.com.

    About RBC Insurance

    RBC Insurance provides a wide range of creditor, life, health, travel,
home, auto and reinsurance products and services to more than five million
clients in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. These products and services
are offered through a wide variety of distribution channels, including the
telephone, independent brokers, travel agents, a proprietary sales force and
the Internet. More information is available at www.rbcinsurance.com.





For further information:

For further information: Brian Findlay or Bob Stellick, (416) 603-9452;
Jackie Braden, Media Relations, RBC, (416) 974-2124


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