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Hockey Canada & RBC Financial Group Announce 2004 RBC Local Hockey Leaders
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February 11, 2004
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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 Leaders
Region RBC Local Hockey Leader Nominated By
Hockey North Joe Walsh, Yellowknife NWT Joe Latremouille
British Columbia Jane Herman, Chase, BC Jane Torbohm
Alberta Kevin Yellowaga, Pincher Creek, AB Rick Carter
Saskatchewan Vince Stevenson, Shaunavon, SK Cam Dickie
Manitoba Alan Vergouwen, Toutes Aides, MB Beverley Didychuk
Ontario Martin Porteous, Orangeville, ON Lisa Henrick
Northwestern Ontario Grant Sherred, Kenora, ON Gary Norris
Ottawa District Craig & Janet Shouldice, Nepean, ON Mario Arnone
Quebec Martin Longchamps, Montreal, PQ Phillipe Levesque
New Brunswick Art Comeau, Saint John, NB Mike Dawson
Nova Scotia Clint Lettice, Sydney Mines, NS David Lewis
Prince Edward Island Susan Dalziel, Borden, PEI Mike Connolly
Newfoundland & Labrador Gerrard Morry, Stephenville, NFLD Phyllis Hapgood

For more information:

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Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557
abrin@hockeycanada.ca

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Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
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Hockey Canada
403-777-4553
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Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
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Hockey Canada
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