NHL players go pink in TPS Tribute to Hockey Moms March 16, 17, and 18



    Player-Used Autographed Sticks to be Auctioned for Breast Cancer Research

    WALLACEBURG, ON, March 14 /CNW/ - TPS Hockey announced today that it is
well under way for its 2nd Annual Tribute to Hockey Moms and Breast Cancer
Fundraiser with 450 players participating in this years tribute. The pink
stick weekend will take place March 16, 17, and 18. With the success of last
years inaugural campaign which rose over $150,000 USD for breast cancer
research, TPS - along with other stick manufacturers - is again looking
forward to painting the "rink pink" with NHL players using special edition
pink sticks featuring the pink ribbon - the internationally recognized symbol
in the fight against breast cancer. The sticks will be used in practices,
pre-game warm-ups and games throughout the weekend. Autographed pink sticks
will be auctioned off on eBay from March 17 until April 4 to raise money for
breast cancer research.
    Mike Comrie of the Ottawa Senators remembers last year: "Losing my mom to
breast cancer was the hardest thing. Over the years I've scored what I thought
were big goals, but to score a goal last year using the pink stick for my Mom
will always be the greatest for me." Added Dwayne Roloson of the Edmonton
Oilers, "My Mom is like the goal post, I'm always using her for support. She
and the rest of the moms in any sport deserve to be recognized."
    The limited edition hockey sticks will be autographed by the NHL players
and auctioned on eBay through the TPS Tribute to Hockey Moms Pink Stick
auction. For more details please visit the pink stick section of
www.tpshockey.com. Funds raised will support breast cancer research through
the NHL/NHLPA's Hockey Fights Cancer program and its Canadian charity partner,
the Canadian Cancer Society.
    Wayne Gretzky, coach and owner of the Phoenix Coyotes adds: "I couldn't
believe the reaction from last year with all players jumping on board, but
then I realized NHL players never forget where they came from or how they got
there. My mother would have been very proud."
    TPS Chairman Paul Walker comments: "We are extremely pleased to the have
the support of the NHLPA, NHL, and the Canadian Cancer Society for the 2nd
Annual Tribute Weekend. It is our small way to raise cancer awareness, funds
for research, and show how a little pink can go a long way."

    For more information please go to www.tpshockey.com or the contacts
listed below.

    Auction conducted on eBay by Auctionwire-Online Auction Agency
1.866.669.8963





For further information:

For further information: Lauren Walker, Marketing Coordinator, TPS
Hockey, (416) 520-2723, lnwalker@rogers.blackberry.net; Brad Janson,
Pro-Development, TPS Hockey, (519) 741-7477, b.janson@sympatico.ca; Michelle
Stajan, Community Relations, NHLPA, (416) 313-2302, michellestajan@nhlpa.com;
Alexa Giorgi, Communications Specialist, Canadian Cancer Society, (416)
934-5681, agiorgi@cancer.ca; Kerry McGovern, Publicist, NHL, (212) 789-2172,
kmcgovern@nhl.com

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