Bell Aliant renews its support for Pee Wee hockey in Atlantic Canada

Moncton to host Bell Aliant Pee Wee AAA Atlantic Championships March 17-19

MONCTON, NB, March 4 /CNW/ - Across Atlantic Canada, Pee Wee Hockey is reaching its pinnacle this month as young hockey players compete at the Bell Aliant Provincial Championship tournaments. Bell Aliant is supporting that spirit and helping to grow youth hockey in as it renews its commitment as title sponsor of Pee Wee hockey in Atlantic Canada. The agreement is in partnership with the four Provincial Hockey Associations and Hockey Canada's Atlantic Centre of Excellence.

"We have enjoyed a great longstanding partnership with Pee Wee hockey and we look forward to continuing to build a strong Pee Wee hockey program for boys and girls across the region," says Joe Mosher, Vice President Marketing, Bell Aliant. "Over 8000 young hockey players, volunteers, coaches, families and community partners are involved and we are proud to do our part in helping build healthy minds and bodies in our youth across the region."

David Curnew, Event Manager, with Hockey Canada's Atlantic Regional Centre said, "The 2010 Bell Aliant Atlantic Championships will be the culmination of a very exciting and eventful hockey season. Bringing together the best Pee Wee AAA hockey teams in the region to compete for an Atlantic championship will be a very special moment for these young athletes and one they will remember for a long time. We are very pleased to once again recognize another very successful year in Pee Wee hockey due in part to great supporters like Bell Aliant."

The highlight of the Pee Wee AAA season will culminate with the Bell Aliant Pee Wee AAA Atlantics Championships to be hosted at the Redball Internet Centre in Moncton which will crown the best team representing all four provinces in Atlantic Canada.

Bell Aliant's support of Pee Wee hockey extends to all levels including AAA, AA, A, B and Female Divisions. Throughout the month of March, 18 Bell Aliant Pee Wee Cup Provincial Championship tournaments will be taking place in rinks across Atlantic Canada as boys and girls alike strive to become provincial champions.

Once again, Bell Aliant will provide live broadcasts of all games at the Bell Aliant Pee Wee AAA Atlantic Championships which will be streamed live on www.bellaliant.net/peeweehockey featuring the play by play of all the on ice action.

About Bell Aliant

Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional communications providers and an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Through its operating entities it serves customers in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT professional services and advanced technology solutions. Bell Aliant's employees are committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience.

Tournament Schedule:

NOVA SCOTIA

    
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    Level        Date         Location        Tournament Contact
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    Pee Wee AAA  March  4-7   CB West (Port   Ted Stonehouse -
                              Hood)           ted.stonehouse@gmail.com
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    Pee Wee AA   March 26-28  Cumberland      Terry McManaman -
                              County          mouser@eastlink.ca
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    Pee Wee A    March 26-28  Pictou County   Lynn Coffin -
                                              lcoffin@nsbi.ca
                                              Scott MacGillivray -
                                              Scott.Macgillivray@nscc.ca
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    Pee Wee B    March 26-28  Clare           Steve Gaudet -
                                              sgaudet@tcrsb.ca
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    Female Pee   March 26-28  Halifax         Jodi Tsitouras -
     Wee AA                                   jodismagicbeings@hotmail.com
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    Female Pee   TBA          Glace Bay       TBA
     Wee A
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NEW BRUNSWICK

    
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    Level        Date         Location        Tournament Contact
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    Pee Wee AAA  March  4-7   Fredericton     Mike Comeau -
                                              mike.comeau@gnb.ca
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    Pee Wee AA   March 26-28  Saint John      Bob Purdy -
                                              ceitinn@nbnet.nb.ca
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    Pee Wee A    March 26-28  St. Stephen     Bronwyn Tanner -
                                              jbtanner@nb.sympatico.ca
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    Pee Wee B    March 26-28  Kedgwick        Denis Couturier -
                                              annie06@nb.sympatico.ca
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    Pee Wee C    March 26-28  York North      Robby Barrett -
                                              brenna2@nb.sympatico.ca
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    Female Pee   March 26-28  River Valley -  Susan Arbeau -
     Wee A                    Grand Bay       Arbeau.Susan@jdirving.com
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    Female Pee   March 26-28  River Valley -  Susan Arbeau -
     Wee C                    Grand Bay       Arbeau.Susan@jdirving.com
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PEI

    
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    Level        Date         Location        Tournament Contact
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    Pee Wee AAA  March 5-7    Pownal MHA      Leigh Jenkins -
     Male                                     leigh.jenkins@hotmail.com
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    Pee Wee A    March 12-14  Belfast MHA     Monica Ross -
     Male                                     mjross@ihis.org
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    Pee Wee A    March 12-14  Charlottetown   Don Carr -
     Female                   MHA             dcarr@eastlink.ca
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    Pee Wee AA   March 19-21  North River     Scott Stewart -
     Male                     MHA             scottstewart.ca@gmail.com
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    Pee Wee AA   March 19-21  Sherwood MNA    Martha Ellis -
     Female                                   marthacellis@hotmail.com
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NL

    
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    Level        Date         Location        Tournament Contact
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    Pee Wee AAA  Feb 19-21    Goulds MHA      Gerry Dalton -
                                              GDALTON@noblecorp.com
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SOURCE Bell Aliant Inc.

For further information: For further information: Media Relations: Anna Peddle, Bell Aliant Public Affairs, (888) 818-6825, anna.peddle@bellaliant.ca; Media representatives are encouraged to sign up for Bell Aliant News Alerts at www.bellaliant.ca

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