Samsung teams up with Hayley Wickenheiser for International Female Hockey

Festival-style tournament continues momentum of 2010 in BC

CALGARY, Nov. 3 /CNW/ - Samsung and female hockey great, Hayley Wickenheiser have brought to life the first ever international female minor hockey festival from April 1st to 4th, 2010 at Canlan Ice Sports 8 Rinks in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Capitalizing on the momentum of 2010, the inaugural tournament has been designed to bring young women together from across the world to compete on an international stage; develop new skills with some the world's best coaches and trainers; and an opportunity to meet and interact with other female athletes from across the globe including all-star Hayley Wickenheiser.

"This tournament has been a dream of mine for some time and I am so thrilled that it has come to fruition. This event is so much more than your average hockey tournament - it's really a festival of the game," explains four-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser.

Female hockey teams ranging in levels from Pee Wee to Senior will have the opportunity to experience a unique playing field where they will face-off against their peers from different countries. Players, coaches and parents will also participate in both on and off-ice clinics, demonstrations and workshops with world-renowned athletes, coaches and hockey personalities, and more.

"We're very excited to get behind this tournament, to extend our partnership with Hayley and to capture and continue the spirit of the Olympic Games for young women beyond 2010," said Benjamin Lee, President and CEO, Samsung Electronics Canada.

Tournament organizers will accept 32 teams or 8 teams in each of the four age divisions. An estimated total of over 1,500 players, coaches and parents will converge on Burnaby 8 Rinks to take part in the festivities.

A portion of the proceeds raised from the event will benefit two organizations dedicated to ensuring youth, locally and internationally, have access to the benefit of sport in their lives - Right to Play and KidSport BC.

For more information, to sponsor this event or to register your team, visit or email

Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. (SECA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., markets a broad range of award-winning digital consumer electronics, information systems, telecommunications and home appliance products.

SECA upholds Samsung's mission to provide consumers with innovative digital convergence products that possess exceptional technology, quality, features, performance and value. The company oversees the Canadian operations of Samsung's Consumer Electronics division, IT division, Home Appliance division and Wireless Terminals division.

Samsung has been a global TOP sponsor of the Olympic Games since 1997 and presenting sponsor of the Olympic Torch Relay from 2004 to 2008. Also through Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope charity, Samsung helps athletes and celebrities raise funds for their respective charities, including the Wayne Gretzky Foundation in Canada. Samsung is also a proud sponsor of Hockey Canada and is the official HDTV sponsor of the NFL.

For customer service inquiries, please call 1-800-SAMSUNG (1-800-726-7864), and for more information, please visit

Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as the best female hockey player in the world with an uncompromised determination and dedication to her sport. Wickenheiser is a four-time Olympian. As an Olympian, she earned a silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and two Olympic Gold medals at the Winter Olympics in 2002 and 2006 in hockey. She also has participated on the National Team in women's softball.

SOURCE Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: regarding the tournament please contact: Ceilidh (Kay-Lee) Price, Event Manager, Phone: (403) 462-7895, E-mail:; Jennifer Groh, Samsung Canada, Office: (905) 817-6487, Cell: (416) 918-7174, E-mail:

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