RBC Insurance, Hockey Canada & Hockey Hall of Fame recognize Clarenville volunteer

    Newfoundland's "RBC Local Hockey Leader" awarded $10,000 for hockey in
    his community

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - Dave Ingram, the "driving force" behind minor
hockey in his community, will be recognized in the Hockey Hall of Fame in
    Ingram is this year's RBC Local Hockey Leader for Newfoundland and
Labrador, one of 13 volunteers (one for each Hockey Canada branch) recognized
today by RBC Insurance, with support from Hockey Canada and the Hockey Hall of
Fame. The winners, who will also receive a signed Team Canada jersey, were
chosen from hundreds of nominations received from across the country.
    "Dave's effort as a volunteer over the past 30 years is one of the main
reasons Clarenville minor hockey has doubled its number of participants," said
Doug Strong in a nomination essay. "Over the years he has volunteered at
Bingo, cutting fries in the canteen, selling tickets, working the clock, and
even as registrar, where he developed new ways for people with financial
difficulties to continue to play."
    RBC Insurance will donate $10,000 to a local hockey cause in Ingram's
name. Ingram is also invited to attend a special ceremony on April 28, 2008,
unveiling a display honouring the 2007-08 RBC Local Hockey Leaders at the
Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. A banner recognizing his achievement will also
be raised in the local arena.
    "RBC Insurance is proud to continue the tradition of recognizing truly
dedicated hockey volunteers like Dave Ingram," said Neil Skelding, President
and CEO, RBC Insurance. "Hockey is a way of life in many Canadian communities,
and volunteers are the engines that keep it running."
    A panel including National Women's Team member Jennifer Botterill,
National Men's Sledge Hockey Team Captain Jean Labonté, hockey legend Ron
Ellis, Dr. Allan Morris, chair of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors and
other Hockey Canada officials selected winners from the hundreds of
nominations submitted through the program website. Hard work, dependability,
enthusiasm and leadership were among the criteria considered during the
evaluation of submissions. Over the past four years, RBC Insurance has awarded
more than $500,000 to grassroots hockey activities across Canada through the
RBC Local Hockey Leaders program.
    "Every Canadian community has individuals that organize, administer,
fundraise, coach and do whatever it takes to keep hockey vibrant in their
communities," said Bob Nicholson, President, Hockey Canada. "We appreciate
RBC's continued leadership not only in recognizing these volunteers, but also
in providing the funding to replace aging equipment, improve facilities and
generally make hockey more accessible."
    For more information and biographies on all of the RBC Local Hockey
Leaders, please visit www.rbcinsurance.com.

    2008 Regional RBC Local Hockey Leaders:

    Region                     RBC Local Hockey Leader     Community
    Hockey North               Mike Gravel                 Inuvik, NT
    British Columbia           Doug Bondue                 Port Alice, BC
    Alberta                    Garry Wolosinka             Viking, AB
    Saskatchewan               Robert "Sam" Somerville     Eatonia, SK
    Manitoba                   Laurent Kerbrat             St. Laurent, MB
    Ontario                    Angelo Giajnorio            Niagara Falls, ON
    Northwestern Ontario       Russell Desjarlais          Kenora, ON
    Ottawa District            Ron Baker                   Brockville, ON
    Quebec                     France Bédard               Port Cartier, QC
    New Brunswick              Jean Pelletier              Dalhousie, NB
    Nova Scotia                Graham Parker               Middleton, NS
    Prince Edward Island       June Sencabaugh             Murray River, PEI
    Newfoundland & Labrador    Dave Ingram                 Clarenville, NFLD

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For further information:

For further information: Katie Hammill, (416) 603-9452; Jackie Braden,
Media Relations, RBC, (416) 974-2124

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