Media Alert - Paul Coffey back on the ice to take a shot for meningitis awareness

       - Teams up with Toronto medical expert to raise awareness about
        meningococcal meningitis and warns hockey fans they can get more than
                   a penalty when sharing water bottles -

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ -

    What: When approximately 5,000 hockey fans converge at this Saturday's
Toronto Marlies game, four-time NHL Stanley Cup winning defenseman and Hockey
Hall of Fame honoree Paul Coffey, will team up onsite with Dr. Mickey Lester
to share defense tips about the four vaccine-preventable strains of
meningococcal meningitis with hockey enthusiasts at the Take a Shot for
Meningitis Protection booth.
    The pair will educate hockey enthusiasts and their families about
meningococcal meningitis prevention and protection. They will also offer
hockey and health tips to ensure players and families remain safe and healthy
while participating in sports.
    Onsite INTERVIEWS, PHOTOS and BROADCAST opportunities with Paul Coffey
and Dr. Mickey Lester are available.

    Who:      Paul Coffey
              (Four-time NHL Stanley Cup Winner and retired professional
              Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman)
              Dr. Mickey Lester, Pediatrician

    When:     Take a Shot for Meningitis Protection, Saturday, February 14,
              3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Where:    Ricoh Coliseum
              Main Concourse Level
              100 Princes' Blvd.

    Meningococcal Disease Quick Facts:
    -   Meningococcal meningitis is a serious bacterial infection that can be
        spread from one person to another through close contact involving
        secretions from the nose or throat, such as sharing water bottles and
    -   Meningococcal disease, such as meningococcal meningitis, strikes
        approximately 200 Canadians each year, mostly children and teens.
    -   Meningococcal meningitis often begins with symptoms that can be
        mistaken for common viral illnesses, such as the flu. But unlike more
        common infections, meningococcal meningitis can progress very rapidly
        and cause death in 24 to 48 hours.
    -   Four of the five bacterial strains that cause meningococcal
        meningitis (A, C, Y and W-135) are vaccine-preventable.

For further information:

For further information: or interviews with Paul Coffey or Dr. Lester,
please contact: Laine Jaremey, Matt Roth, MS&L, T: (416) 847-1321, (416)
847-1305, On-site cell: (416) 909-0966, E:,

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