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THE WAYNE GRETZKY FOUNDATION / CANADIAN HOCKEY FOUNDATION LAUNCH THE “FUTURE TEAM CANADA PROGRAM”

by Hockey Manitoba  |  November 9, 2004 12:12 pm

– 13 Minor Hockey Teams in Canada will be recognized and chosen to share over $50,000 of equipment and financial support for their team –

TORONTO, ON – On Tuesday, as a part of Hockey Canada Week (November 7-14), a week that is nationally celebrated recognizing the participants in hockey across Canada, the Wayne Gretzky Foundation and the Canadian Hockey Foundation have partnered with Hockey Canada to announce a program that will reward and recognize thirteen minor hockey teams in Canada for the amount of heart they show rather than the amount of games they win.

Minor hockey teams across Canada are encouraged to submit their team photo, team roster and, in 250 words or less, an essay outlining their team’s values, special characteristics, community involvement and dedication that could make them a ‘future Team Canada’. Deadline for entries is November 30, 2004, and can be submitted through www.hockeycanada.ca.

By entering the “Future Team Canada Program”, teams can become eligible to receive equipment and financial support for their team.

“Minor hockey in Canada is all about having fun, meeting new friends and being physically active. We are very pleased that the launch of this new program will result in the distribution of equipment and funding to 13 deserving minor hockey teams in Canada that personify team dedication and positive values”, said Wayne Gretzky.

“This ‘Future Team Canada Program’ is an excellent way to promote the positive values of minor hockey, with the emphasis on being involved in hockey and more importantly having fun playing the game”, said Bob Nicholson, President, Hockey Canada.

Of the entries received, one team from each of Hockey Canada’s 13 Branches will be selected to receive the following package to help support future team development:

§ Team Canada jerseys and hockey bags bearing the Wayne Gretzky Foundation logo

§ Gloves

§ Sticks

§ $1,000 to be used for team development

The Wayne Gretzky Foundation believes that hockey instills many positive life skills and contributes to the physical, emotional and social growth of young people. Canada’s National Men’s and Women’s hockey teams promote many of these positive life skills such as respect, safety and fun.

The Canadian Hockey Foundation works with the Hockey Canada team to help ensure Canada remains at the forefront in the development and promotion of amateur hockey. The outcomes of the ‘Future Team Canada Program’ and the principles championed by the Wayne Gretzky Foundation demonstrate a shared vision for the future of our game.

That’s why the Wayne Gretzky Foundation and the Canadian Hockey Foundation joined forces with Hockey Canada to reward hockey teams across the country that display the same positive values as Team Canada.

MINOR HOCKEY TEAMS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENTER AT WWW.HOCKEYCANADA.CA. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS NOVEMBER 30, 2004.

‘FUTURE TEAM CANADA PROGRAM’ DETAILS:

Application Essay Description

We all know that hockey is Canada’s game and is a passion for many Canadians. More than the number of goals scored, and more than the number of games won. Hockey is also about making friends, achieving physical fitness, building self esteem, displaying good sportsmanship and having fun.

The hockey players that represent Team Canada at international competitions display the following values:

§ respect the dignity and spirit of all participants

§ treat all participants fairly and equitably

§ participate in a manner that ensures the safety of athletes, coaches and officials participating in the game

§ create positive and supportive hockey experiences for the purpose of building confidence, developing and improving skills and having fun

§ support that the game be played by the rules of hockey and in the spirit of the game

§ display high personal standards and project a favourable image of the sport

How does your minor hockey team display these Team Canada values? Does your team volunteer in your community, help teach younger players the fundamentals of the game, support teammates through tough times? In 250 words (or less), tell us what special characteristics and values your team has that could make it a future Team Canada.

‘FUTURE TEAM CANADA PROGRAM’

Contest Rules & Regulations:

Who: Any minor hockey team in Canada is eligible to enter. The entry essay must be written by someone on the team age 18 or younger.

When is the contest: Entries will be accepted from Monday November 1st through Tuesday November 30th at 4:30PM Mountain Time.

How do I Enter: Entries can be made at www.hockeycanada.ca or submit your team’s essay and photo via mail/courier to:

Future Team Canada Program

c/o Hockey Canada

2424 University Drive NW

Calgary, AB

T3H 3E1

ALL ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE A PHOTO OF THE TEAM, EITHER SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY AS AN ATTACHMENT, OR A HARD COPY OF THE PHOTO MUST BE INCLUDED WITH THE MAILED IN SUBMISSION. A TEAM ROSTER MUST ALSO BE INCLUDED.

NO FAX ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

ONLY ONE (1) ENTRY PER TEAM WILL BE ACCEPTED

Selection: one (1) entry from the area of each of Hockey Canada’s branches will be selected based on the criteria as a “future Team Canada Program” winner, by a committee representing the program
organizers. The Wayne Gretzky Foundation, The Canadian Hockey Foundation and Hockey Canada reserves the right to select the winners and the selections made will be final. Selected teams will be notified within six (6) weeks of the contest closing.

Prizing: Each winning team will receive the following (up to 19 prize packages, based on the number of players on the roster submitted):

one (1) Team Canada Jersey with the Wayne Gretzky Foundation patch for each player

· one (1) pair of hockey gloves for each player

· one (1) stick for each player

· one (1) hockey bag with Wayne Gretzky Foundation logo for each player

· a team prize of $1,000 to be used for team development purposes (e.g. ice costs, special instruction, etc.).

The team may be asked to provide a summary (with receipts) of team development activities for the cash portion of the award. Prizing will be coordinated through the appropriate contacts following the selection of the team.

Privacy: All information received will be held in accordance with Hockey Canada’s privacy policy.


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