Media Alert - Hockey Heroes Take a Shot For Meningitis Awareness!



    - Former NHL players unite with pediatrician Dr. John Yaremko to raise
    awareness about meningitis and ensure Canadian youth have a healthy
    hockey season -

    QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 21 /CNW/ -

    
    What:  During the 49th Annual Quebec International PeeWee Hockey
           Tournament, four former Quebec Nordiques players will be onsite to
           help young tournament players and hockey enthusiasts with their
           shooting skills, while raising awareness about bacterial
           meningitis. Joined by pediatrician Dr. John Yaremko, the onsite
           event will engage children and parents alike to ensure they have a
           safe and healthy hockey season!

           PHOTO and BROADCAST visual opportunities with the players onsite
           and INTERVIEWS with the physician are available prior to the
           event.

    Who:   Former Quebec Nordiques Real "Buddy" Cloutier, Dave Pichette,
           Pierre Lacroix and Marc Fortier

           Dr. John Yaremko, family physician, pediatrician, Montreal
           Children's Hospital

    When:  Saturday, February 23rd from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
           Sunday, February 24th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Where: Colisée Pepsi
           250 Boul. Hamel
           Quebec City

    Meningococcal Meningitis Quick Facts:

    -  Each year there are more than 1,000 cases of bacterial meningitis in
       Canada, with bacteria spreading through shared items that come in
       contact with the mouth, including water bottles shared among team
       members at sporting events.

    -  Meningococcal meningitis often begins with symptoms that can be
       mistaken for common viral illnesses, such as the flu. But unlike more
       common infections, meningococcal meningitis can progress very rapidly
       and cause death in 48 hours or less.

    -  Four of the five bacterial strains that cause meningococcal meningitis
       (A, C, Y and W-135) are vaccine-preventable.
    





For further information:

For further information: André Beaulieu, (514) 393-3444,
abcommunication@sympatico.ca; Onsite Media Contact: Jeanelle Frampton, (647)
208-4002 (cell)

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