Thirteen regional RBC Local Hockey Leaders(R) to be recognized in the
Hockey Hall of Fame and awarded $10,000 each for hockey in their
TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - RBC Insurance, with support from Hockey Canada
and the Hockey Hall of Fame, today announced the launch of its annual
nationwide search for outstanding hockey volunteers.
"Volunteers are the backbone of our national pastime, and without them
thousands of kids would not have rinks to play on, equipment to wear or pucks
to shoot," said Neil Skelding, president and CEO of RBC Insurance. "For the
past four years the RBC Local Hockey Leaders program has recognized these
behind-the-scenes hockey volunteers who dedicate their time to support
grassroots hockey in their community. We're proud to continue this tradition."
Regional winners, one from each of the 13 Hockey Canada branches as well
as one RBC employee winner, will receive $10,000 towards a registered
charity/hockey cause in their community, a signed Team Canada jersey and trip
for two to Toronto, where they will be recognized in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
In addition, for the first time, all nominees will have their name featured in
the RBC Local Hockey Leaders display case at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
"The RBC Local Hockey Leaders program enables us to turn the spotlight
onto this very important part of our sport - volunteerism," said Bill Hay,
chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame. "RBC Insurance is investing in Canadian
communities through hockey, and we are happy to be a part of this effort."
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. Grants have been used to replace aging equipment, make hockey
more accessible, train coaches, improve facilities and for many other causes
close to the hearts of Canada's grassroots hockey leaders.
"We encourage all Canadians to nominate hockey volunteers from their
community," said Bob Nicholson, president of Hockey Canada. "These leaders may
be organizing fundraisers, coaching teams, making ice, mending socks or
teaching life skills - all things that make hockey such an important part of
community life in Canada."
A panel including National Women's Team member Jennifer Botterill,
National Men's Sledge Hockey Team captain Jean Labonté, hockey legend Ron
Ellis and Dr. Allan Morris, chairman of the Board, Hockey Canada will select
winners from nominations submitted through the program website. Nominations
will be accepted until midnight (EST) on January 31, 2008. To nominate a
dedicated minor hockey volunteer from your area, go to www.rbcinsurance.com.
RBC Local Hockey Leaders are the behind-the-scenes volunteers who make
hockey a positive, safe, and enjoyable activity in their communities. Hard
work, dependability, enthusiasm and leadership will be amongst the criteria
considered when evaluating submissions.
About RBC Insurance
RBC Insurance provides a wide range of life, health, travel, home, auto
and reinsurance products as well as creditor insurance 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
For further information:
For further information: Brian Findlay or Bob Stellick, (416) 603-9452;
Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada Communications, (403) 777-4556; Jackie Braden,
Media Relations, RBC, (416) 974-2124; Kelly Masse, Hockey Hall of Fame, (416)