Canlan announces retirement of Grant Ballantyne: appoints Joey St-Aubin as new President & CEO

    BURNABY, BC, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - Canlan Ice Sports Corp. (TSX: ICE),
providers of the on-ice experience to youth and adults across North America,
today announced that Grant Ballantyne will retire as President and CEO
effective January 1, 2009 following a 10-year career capped by the Company's
emergence as the leading owner and operator of recreational ice rinks in North
America. Mr. Ballantyne will be succeeded by Joey St. Aubin, currently
Canlan's Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
    "Grant has played an instrumental role in the evolution of the Company,"
said Frank Barker, Chairman of Canlan Ice Sports. "During his tenure as CEO,
Canlan built our initial investment in the Adult Safe Hockey League into the
largest adult recreational hockey league in North America, and introduced new
initiatives in both youth and adult programs that will be the cornerstones of
our future growth. I look forward to Joey applying his years of experience
with the Company and industry knowledge to guide Canlan to our next level of
    Mr. St-Aubin brings a proven record of accomplishment over his
eleven-plus years with the Company. During this time, he has held increasingly
senior general management and executive positions, most recently as Senior
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Canlan, Mr. St-Aubin was
a New Business Analyst with EDS of Canada from 1995 to 1997 following a series
of entrepreneurial endeavours throughout the 1990s. Mr. St-Aubin is a graduate
of the University of Ottawa and has attended the Queens University Executive

    About Canlan Ice Sports Corp.

    Canlan Ice Sports is the largest private sector operator of recreational
ice facilities in North America, with 65 playing surfaces, including two
indoor soccer centres, at 22 facilities owned and/or managed in Canada and the
United States. Through the Adult Safe Hockey League, Canlan operates the
largest adult recreational league in North America, with more than 55,000
players. Canlan also offers a variety of other programs, including youth
leagues, hockey and figure skating academies and tournaments.

    Caution concerning forward-looking statements

    This document contains forward-looking statements, which may be
identified by words like "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "intends",
"indicates" or similar expressions. These statements are not a guarantee of
future performance and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties. The
Company's actual results could differ materially from those currently
anticipated due to a number of factors set forth in reports and other
documents filed by the Company with Canadian securities regulatory authorities
from time to time.

For further information:

For further information: Canlan Ice Sports Corp., Michael F. Gellard,
Senior Vice President & CFO, (604) 736-9152 ext. 108; The Equicom Group, Joe
Racanelli, (416) 815-0700 ext. 243,

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