TORONTO – RBC Insurance, with support from Hockey Canada and the Hockey Hall of Fame, today announced the
launch of its annual nationwide search for outstanding hockey volunteers.
“Volunteers are the backbone of our national pastime, and without them thousands of kids would not have
rinks to play on, equipment to wear or pucks to shoot,” said Neil Skelding, president and CEO of RBC
Insurance. “For the past four years the RBC Local Hockey Leaders program has recognized these
behind-the-scenes hockey volunteers who dedicate their time to support grassroots hockey in their community.
We’re proud to continue this tradition.”
Regional winners, one from each of the 13 Hockey Canada branches as well as one RBC employee winner, will
receive $10,000 towards a registered charity/hockey cause in their community, a signed Team Canada jersey and
trip for two to Toronto, where they will be recognized in the Hockey Hall of Fame. In addition, for the first
time, all nominees will have their name featured in the RBC Local Hockey Leaders display case at the Hockey
Hall of Fame.
“The RBC Local Hockey Leaders program enables us to turn the spotlight onto this very important part of
our sport – volunteerism,” said Bill Hay, chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame. “RBC Insurance is investing in
Canadian communities through hockey, and we are happy to be a part of this effort.”
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. Grants have been used to replace aging equipment,
make hockey more accessible, train coaches, improve facilities and for many other causes close to the hearts
of Canada’s grassroots hockey leaders.
“We encourage all Canadians to nominate hockey volunteers from their community,” said Bob Nicholson,
president of Hockey Canada. “These leaders may be organizing fundraisers, coaching teams, making ice, mending
socks or teaching life skills – all things that make hockey such an important part of community life in
A panel including National Women’s Team member Jennifer Botterill, National Men’s Sledge Hockey Team
captain Jean Labonté, hockey legend Ron Ellis and Dr. Allan Morris, chairman of Hockey Canada’s Board of
Directors, will select winners from nominations submitted through the program website. Nominations will be
accepted until midnight (EST) on . To nominate a dedicated minor hockey volunteer from your
area, go to www.rbcinsurance.com.
RBC Local Hockey Leaders are the behind-the-scenes volunteers who make hockey a positive, safe, and
enjoyable activity in their communities. Hard work, dependability, enthusiasm and leadership will be amongst
the criteria considered when evaluating submissions.
About RBC Insurance
RBC Insurance provides a wide range of life, health, travel, home, auto and reinsurance products as well as
creditor insurance services to more than five million clients in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. These
products and services are offered through a wide variety of distribution channels, including the telephone,
independent brokers, travel agents, a proprietary sales force and the Internet. More information is available