Winners to be recognized in the Hockey Hall of Fame and receive $5,000 towards local hockey funding;
National winner to receive an additional $25,000 to benefit a hockey-related cause in their community.
- TORONTO, ON – RBC Financial Group and Hockey Canada are recognizing thirteen
outstanding community leaders who dedicate their time to supporting grassroots hockey as the first-ever RBC
Local Hockey Leaders.
The finalists were chosen from more than 1,100 nominations received in a cross-country search that started
in October 2003. RBC Financial Group will donate $5,000 to local minor hockey in each finalist’s name, plus
each will also be recognized in the Hockey Hall of Fame and receive a signed Team Canada jersey. The
finalists have also been shortlisted to be the national RBC Local Hockey Leader winner, and if selected will
receive an additional $25,000 towards a local hockey cause.
"Hockey is an important part of life in communities across Canada, and it wouldn’t happen without
dedicated volunteers," said Ann Louise Vehovec, senior vice-president, RBC Financial Group. "We’re proud to
help recognize these RBC Local Hockey Leaders and to support hockey across Canada."
Hockey Canada, RBC Financial Group, the Hockey Hall of Fame and hockey commentator Ron MacLean launched
the RBC Local Hockey Leaders Program to recognize behind-the-scenes individuals who dedicate their time to
grassroots hockey in their community.
A panel including Ron MacLean, Hockey Hall of Fame representative, Ron Ellis, and Hockey Canada officials
reviewed submissions and selected winners based on hard work, dependability, enthusiasm, leadership and
commitment to making hockey an accessible, community-binding and positive experience in the community.
"RBC is investing in Canadian communities through the Local Hockey Leaders program, and we are proud to be
a part of this effort," added Bob Nicholson, president, Hockey Canada. "The tremendous volunteers at the
minor hockey level in Canada deserve the accolades."
|2004 Regional RBC Local Hockey
||RBC Local Hockey Leader
||Joe Walsh, Yellowknife NWT
||Jane Herman, Chase, BC
||Kevin Yellowaga, Pincher Creek, AB
||Vince Stevenson, Shaunavon, SK
||Alan Vergouwen, Toutes Aides, MB
||Martin Porteous, Orangeville, ON
||Grant Sherred, Kenora, ON
||Craig & Janet Shouldice, Nepean, ON
||Martin Longchamps, Montreal, PQ
||Art Comeau, Saint John, NB
||Clint Lettice, Sydney Mines, NS
|Prince Edward Island
||Susan Dalziel, Borden, PEI
|Newfoundland & Labrador
||Gerrard Morry, Stephenville, NFLD