Citizens Bank launches website to support amateur hockey

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - Citizens Bank of Canada launched recently, a website devoted to the amateur hockey community.
It's free to join and it has tools to help coaches and managers run their
teams online. Players can post profiles and connect with their teammates and
the rest of the hockey community.
    "It's no different really than the early history of our parent company
Vancity, which decades ago opened branches to serve specific small
communities," said Citizens Bank President and CEO Jason Farris. "We're
dedicating HockeyStars to the real stars of amateur hockey who give of their
time to pursue a passion and a sport that is a big part of Canadian culture."

    Managers and coaches can:

    -   Post messages to the team
    -   View schedules for games and practices
    -   Keep track of statistics
    -   Upload team photos and videos
    -   Track payments

    Players can:

    -   Play online hockey games
    -   Access game schedules
    -   Post hockey videos and photos
    -   Earn HockeyStars points for online activities.
    -   Open a Global Chequing Account - a no-fee chequing account with no
        Citizens Bank ATM fees worldwide and no monthly fees.
    -   Combine that with an Ultimate Savings Account, that has a higher
        interest rate, to reward young savers.

    "Some people have asked us, 'what does hockey have to do with banking?'
Well, this is about brand awareness. We're a relatively young bank, we want
people to get to know us, and if they like what they see, we hope they'll join
us," Farris said.

    About Citizens Bank of Canada

    Citizens Bank was formed by Vancity in 1997 as a branchless, national
bank that would take the largest credit union in Canada beyond the borders of
B.C. We were the first and we're still the only bank with a clear ethical
policy. In April 2008, we became the first North American-based bank to be
carbon neutral, which means that the CO2 emissions we create are now equal to
the emissions we have reduced or offset elsewhere. We achieved this goal
through a rigorous emissions reduction program focusing on energy use, staff
travel, paper consumption and waste. Corporate social responsibility is more
than a catch-phrase, it's part of our DNA. We're available 24/7 on the
Internet, or on the phone through our National Contact Centre, where we offer
a range of financial products and services.

For further information:

For further information: call or email: Rosetta Cannata, Communications
Consultant, Citizens Bank, Tel: (604) 877-7561, email:,

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