2008 RBC Local Hockey Leaders named



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

    TORONTO, March 6 /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 annual RBC Local Hockey
Leaders program.
    Each winner will receive $10,000 towards a registered charity/hockey
cause 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
in Toronto, which will be unveiled in April at a special ceremony honouring
the 2007/2008 RBC Local Hockey Leaders.
    "For the past five years we have been amazed at the selfless
contributions hundreds of Canadians are making to support hockey in their
communities," said Neil Skelding, President and CEO, RBC Insurance. "This year
is certainly no exception, and RBC Insurance is very proud to continue the
tradition of recognizing the most deserving of these hockey volunteers in the
Hockey Hall of Fame."

    
    2008 Regional RBC Local Hockey Leaders:

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    Region                     RBC Local Hockey Leader     Community
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    Hockey North               Mike Gravel                 Inuvik, NT
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    British Columbia           Doug Bondue                 Port Alice, BC
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    Alberta                    Garry Wolosinka             Viking, AB
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    Saskatchewan               Robert "Sam" Somerville     Eatonia, SK
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    Manitoba                   Laurent Kerbrat             St. Laurent, MB
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    Ontario                    Angelo Giajnorio            Niagara Falls, ON
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    Northwestern Ontario       Russell Desjarlais          Kenora, ON
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    Ottawa District            Ron Baker                   Brockville, ON
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    Quebec                     France Bédard               Port Cartier, QC
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    New Brunswick              Jean Pelletier              Dalhousie, NB
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    Nova Scotia                Graham Parker               Middleton, NS
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    Prince Edward Island       June Sencabaugh             Murray River, PEI
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    Newfoundland & Labrador    Dave Ingram                 Clarenville, NFLD
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    A panel including National Women's Team member Jennifer Botterill,
National Men's Sledge Hockey Team Captain Jean Labonté, hockey legend Ron
Ellis, Dr. Allan Morris, chair of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors and
other Hockey Canada officials chose winners from hundreds of nominations
submitted through the program's website. Hard work, dependability, enthusiasm
and leadership were among the criteria considered during the evaluation of
submissions.
    "Every Canadian community has individuals who organize, administer,
fundraise, coach and do whatever it takes to keep hockey vibrant in their
communities," said Bob Nicholson, President, Hockey Canada. "We appreciate
RBC's continued leadership not only in recognizing these volunteers, but also
in providing the funding to replace aging equipment, improve facilities and
generally make hockey more accessible."
    In 2003, RBC launched the RBC Local Hockey Leaders program to recognize
individuals who dedicate their time to hockey at the community level. Over the
past four years, RBC Insurance has awarded more than $500,000 to grassroots
hockey activities across Canada through the RBC Local Hockey Leaders program.
    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: Katie Hammill, (416) 603-9452; Jackie Braden,
Media Relations, RBC, (416) 974-2124


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