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NICOLE HEKLE (MANITOBA) AND SIDNEY CROSBY (NOVA SCOTIA) RECIPIENTS OF

by Hockey Manitoba  |  March 18, 2004 12:12 pm

Ottawa, ON (March 18, 2004) – Nicole Hekle and Sidney Crosby are this year’s
recipients of the prestigious Roland Michener Canada Games Awards. The
bursaries and medals are to be presented to the winners at the 31st Annual
Canadian Sport Awards by Mr. Larry Smith, President and Publisher of The
Montreal Gazette and Chairman of the Board of the Canada Games Council.

The Roland Michener Canada Games Award is presented every two years to
Canada Games athletes who exemplify strong leadership skills on and off the
playing field combined with an ongoing commitment to scholastic and athletic
excellence. Hekle is the third Manitoba athlete to win the award. Swimmer
Sara Alroubaie (1997) and Biathlete Craig Mackie (1999)

Hekle, a Team Manitoba athlete at the 2003 Canada Winter Games, led the
tournament in scoring and helped her team win a silver medal in ringette.
Nicole was the captain of her team as well as Team Manitoba’s flag bearer at
the Opening Ceremonies of the Games. She is currently studying business at
the University of New Hampshire on a full hockey scholarship. Nicole also
excels in the sport of hockey and competed at the 1996 Manitoba Summer Games
in the sport of soccer.

“I often look back at my Canada Winter Games experience and realize what an
incredible opportunity it was for me as an athlete,” said Nicole. “I
remind myself of the tremendous pride I felt in being a member of Team
Manitoba and representing my sport at the Games. I am honored to have been
selected as a recipient of the 2003 Roland Michener Canada Games Award”

Sidney Crosby, one of the hottest prospects since Mario Lemieux, did not
disappoint at the 2003 Canada Winter Games leading the tournament in goals
scored and points. Haling from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Sidney led team
Nova Scotia to their best finish since the 1979 Canada Winter Games. Sidney
is an honor student in grade 11 at Harrison Trimbele High School. He is
currently playing for the Rimouski Oceanic in the QMJHL and is leading the
league in points.

“It was an unbelievable experience to be able to represent your province and
to compete against the best athletes in the country,” stated Sidney.

“Roland Michener was a great motivator of Canadian youth and he encouraged
them to be part of Canada’s great future by achieving their full potential,”
states Mr. Larry Smith. “Sidney and Nicole are two extraordinary athletes
who exemplify the meaning of this award. The Canada Games Council is very
proud to recognize them on the evening when Canada’s sport heroes are being
celebrated. There is no doubt in my mind that we will be hearing a lot more
about Sidney and Nicole in the very near future.”

Held every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada
Games are Canada’s premiere multi-sport event, drawing some of the best
young athletes from every province and territory. The next Canada Summer
Games will be held from August 5th through 20th, 2005 in Regina,
Saskatchewan. The 2007 Canada Winter Games will be hosted in Whitehorse,
Yukon.

The Canada Games are made possible through the cooperation and support of
the Canadian and provincial/territorial governments, the host municipalities
and the Canada Games Council. For more on the Canada Games visit
www.canadagames.ca.

For more information please contact:

Eric Chene
Sport Technical Coordinator
Canada Games Council
(613) 526-2320
echene@canadagames.ca


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