Great One Gives Minor Hockey Big Chance

    Wayne Gretzky Foundation, Samsung Electronics Canada, Best Buy Canada
    Create Unique Contest

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, and BURNABY, BC, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Have you ever dreamed
of meeting the Great One - Wayne Gretzky? For most Canadian kids who play
hockey, the answer to that question would likely be a resounding yes. Now,
through the Great One for a Day Contest, a Canadian minor hockey team will
have a chance to meet Number 99.
    Gretzky is teaming up with Samsung and Best Buy to create a
once-in-a-lifetime chance for one Hockey Canada registered minor hockey team.
During the contest period which begins today and runs through March 5, 2008,
Canadians can nominate teams through, or through a contest kiosk at a local Best Buy store. A
random draw will determine which team, including coach, assistant coach and
two chaperones, will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Vancouver to meet Wayne
Gretzky. They will also attend NHL and CHL games, and participate in an on-ice
clinic with Vancouver Giants coaches.
    "As a player and coach, I can't stress enough the importance of having
the opportunity to play minor hockey," says Gretzky. "Through involvement in
hockey, kids develop a sense of camaraderie and build solid foundations for
the relationships that they'll have throughout their lives. I'm hoping this
contest will remind kids and parents across the country about the benefits of
getting involved in hockey."
    For Gretzky, partnering with Samsung Electronics to launch this contest
was a natural fit. The hockey great has been involved in a Samsung-sponsored
corporate initiative in which the company supports the charitable efforts of
former professional athletes.
    "Samsung Canada teamed with the Wayne Gretzky Foundation about one year
ago through our Four Seasons of Hope charitable program," said Benjamin Lee,
President and CEO at Samsung Electronics Canada. "Through this partnership
with Best Buy, we're hoping to help Wayne in his efforts to ensure every
Canadian kid has a shot at playing hockey. We're also thrilled at the
opportunity to give some minor hockey players the chance to spend a day with
Wayne and provide them with several other VIP experiences."
    Best Buy will be promoting and supporting the contest in its stores
across the country and on its website, Contest kiosks for
minor hockey team nomination, are available in all Best Buy store locations.
    "Best Buy is thrilled to be involved in this promotion and to have a hand
in giving this amazing opportunity to a Canadian minor hockey team," said
Charles Tobin, Senior Vice President at Best Buy. "Being committed to local
communities, we are proud to support Wayne's efforts to promote minor hockey
in Canada and encourage people across the country to visit our kiosks or the
one of the websites to get their favourite team in the running."
    For more information including full contest rules and regulations, please
visit or

    About the Wayne Gretzky Foundation
    Founded in 2002, the Wayne Gretzky Foundation is dedicated to providing
less fortunate youth with the opportunity to experience the sport of hockey.
This goal will be accomplished through the donation of hockey equipment and
ice time, as well as providing the opportunity for young people to attend
professional hockey games.
    The Wayne Gretzky Foundation believes that hockey instils many positive
life skills and contributes to the physical, emotional and social growth of
young people.

    About Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
    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
has been a presenting sponsor of the Olympic Torch Relay since 2004. 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 and Hockey Night in Canada.
    For customer service inquiries, please call 1-800-SAMSUNG
    (1-800-726-7864), and for more information, please visit

    About Best Buy Canada Ltd.
    Best Buy stores in Canada are a division of Burnaby, BC-based Best Buy
Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:  BBY). Best
Buy is Canada's fastest-growing specialty retailer and e-tailer
( of consumer electronics, personal computers and entertainment
software and also operates the Geek Squad ( There are
currently 51 stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba,
Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
    Best Buy offers consumers a unique shopping experience with the latest
technology and entertainment products, at the right price, with a no-pressure
(non-commissioned) sales environment. The Company is committed to kids and
communities, supporting non-profit organizations that help youth develop their
skill set, discover their talents and sustain a lasting interest in education.
For more information about Best Buy, including store locations, visit

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For further information: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CANADA, Contact: Scott
MacFadyen, Michelle Di Rocco, APEX Public Relations, Phone: (416)-924-4442
ext. 243, 260, E-Mail:,; BEST BUY
CANADA, Contact: Heather Seabrook, Phone: (604) 412-1011, Email:

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