NOTE TIME CHANGE: Media Advisory - Parliamentarians and Athletes Lace-Up for the First Annual Canal Classic Supporting Jumpstart Charities

TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - On January 30, join the Governor General of Canada, parliamentarians, athletes, members of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery, as well as representatives from Canadian Tire and Sport Chek for the first annual Canal Classic supporting Jumpstart Charities. A fundraiser for Jumpstart, the 'Canal Classic' is a friendly game of hockey on Ottawa's historic Rideau Canal.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national program dedicated to helping kids from financially disadvantaged families participate in organized sports and recreational activities by covering the cost of registration, equipment and/or transportation. Canadian Tire, Sport Chek and Jumpstart believe every child deserves the chance to develop the confidence, social skills and discipline that come with organized play.

One hundred per cent of the money raised through the event will go back to the hometowns of each fundraiser to help local kids get involved in sport.

Event Details:

What:   The inaugural Canal Classic supporting Jumpstart Charities, followed by a post-
game reception at the Government of Canada Conference Centre
Where:   Media Registration: Government of Canada Conference Centre, Annex Lounge
  2 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1X 8X5
  Colonel By Drive Entrance
  Canal Classic: Rideau Canal Skateway, National Arts Centre Entrance
When:   Thursday, January 30, 2014
  7:30 AM - Media registration at Government of Canada Conference Centre
  7:40-8:45 AM - Canal Classic game and formal remarks
  8:45 AM - Trophy presentation and photo opportunities
  9:00-10:00 AM - Open skate for Jumpstart kids
  9:00-10:00 AM - Post-game reception
Who*:   Canadian Tire, Sport Chek and Jumpstart representatives will be joined by over
35 hockey fans to play in the first annual Canal Classic, including:

  • His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor
    General of Canada
  • Parliamentarians
  • NHL and Olympian alumni including:
    • Shaun van Allen, NHL Alumni
    • Laurie Boschman, NHL Alumni
    • Cheryl Pounder, Double Olympic Gold Medallist, Canadian Women's
      National Hockey Team Alumni
    • Geraldine Heaney, Gold Olympic Medallist, inductee into the
      Hockey Hall of Fame, Canadian Women's National Hockey
      Team Alumni
    • Todd Nicholson, Gold Paralympic Medallist, Canadian National
      Sledge Hockey Team Alumni
    • Spartacat, Ottawa Senators Mascot
  • Local media personalities from the Canadian Parliamentary Press
  • Canadian Tire, Sport Chek and Jumpstart Charities representatives
  • Local kids that have benefited from Jumpstart Charities

* Please contact us for a full list of confirmed Canal Classic participants.

Those who can't attend in-person can also follow the game online and join the conversation on Twitter using through #CTCanalClassic.


For further information:

or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Candice Bruton
Tel: 416-480-3180
Cell: 416-520-3184

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