CWHL League Asks Business Community to Open Their Wallets

    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - The Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) is
making no secret of the fact that it needs financial support and is looking to
Canada's business community to help provide it.
    The league is staging a networking event inviting Toronto's business
elite and asking them to bring their cheque books.
    Sami Jo Small, former Olympic gold medal winner and goalie for the
Mississauga Chiefs points out that the CWHL is a not-for-profit organization
but the reality is it can't do what it wants to do without funding.
    "Without this league Canada's elite female hockey players simply lose the
ability to train for national and international competition," Small said. "We
are asking for the business community's support not only for what the league
represents today but for thousands of young girls coming up through the hockey
ranks who will be the Olympic medal winners of the future."
    The CWHL is home for dozens of Olympians and National Team members as
well as other top female Canadian players. As part of its mandate to develop
elite female hockey players individuals in the league also serve as role
models to young players in girls league's across the country, a number of whom
will attend the fundraising event.
    Nicole Pellizzari, an 11-year old player from Burlington, Ontario will
address the gathering to speak about her involvement in girl's hockey and her
aspirations for the future.
    Also in attendance will be Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion and Brampton
Mayor Susan Fennell, both long-time supporters of women's hockey.
    The CWHL fundraising event will be held at the Hockey Hall of Fame,
Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street, Toronto at 6:00pm.


    The Canadian Women's Hockey League was formally announced in September of
this year. It gives Canada's elite level players a competitive environment in
which to develop and maintain their skills. The goal is to build a future for
women in hockey: a stable organization that leads the growth and promotion of
women's hockey in Canada and helps produce world class female hockey players
and role models.

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