TORONTO, Oct. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - On Saturday, October 20, Air Canada
Centre will be the host venue for an ultimate youth hockey experience
entitled 'Our Game'. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Sport Chek will host
youth hockey teams to play their typical weekend game under the big
lights on the NHL ice.
Games will feature player introductions and scoring announcements on the
public address system along with video highlights on the HD video board
above centre ice. Saturday's schedule will consist of a series of
back-to-back games throughout the day, between select minor hockey
teams from the Toronto area that are enrolled in the Sport Chek Team
Assist program. Each player can bring family and friends to watch them
play on the home ice of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The first game is
scheduled for 7:30 am and the final game is slated for 2:20 pm.
Following the games, the day will continue with an open skate for the
players and families.
"Hockey is not just a game - it's a way of life for Canadians," said
Michael Medline, President, FGL Sports Ltd. "By having these kids play
on the big ice, they'll be playing like the pros and striving towards
their best performance. This event will create lifelong memories for
the kids and their families, fueling the passion we all have for the
great game of hockey."
"We're excited to work with our partner Sport Chek to host some of the
GTA's most aspiring young hockey players and to provide them with the
unique experience of playing at Air Canada Centre," said David
Hopkinson, senior vice-president of business partnerships for Maple
Leaf Sports & Entertainment. "Our Game is a great initiative on many
levels because it gives the young participants an opportunity to
further hone their skills on the ice, while recognizing the value of
positive reinforcement in staying active and having fun."
Sport Chek's innovative Team Assist program is focused on helping
families lower the cost of participating in organized sports. Teams
that are enrolled in the program receive special discounts on sports
gear and also receive funds to offset the costs of ice time, tournament
registration fees and other costs. To learn more about Sport Chek Team
Assist, please visit team.sportchek.ca.
About FGL Sports
FGL Sports Ltd., formerly The Forzani Group Ltd. is Canada's largest
national retailer of sporting goods, offering a comprehensive
assortment of brand-name and private-brand products, operating stores
from coast to coast, under the following corporate and franchise
banners: Sport Chek, Sport Mart, Athletes World, National Sports,
Sports Experts, Intersport, Econosports, Atmosphere, Nevada Bob's Golf,
Hockey Experts, Fitness Source, and S3. FGL Sports also has websites
for several of its corporate and franchise banners which can be
accessed through its main website at www.FGLSports.com.
SOURCE: FGL Sports Ltd.
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