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by Hockey Manitoba  |  November 5, 2003 12:12 pm



November 5, 2003

Calgary (Alberta) – Hockey Canada Week is set for the week November 8-15, 2003, looking to celebrate the game hockey at the national, provincial and local levels, Hockey Canada announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

Hockey Canada Week is a celebration of the beginning of the hockey season all across Canada and aims to promote the positive values of hockey and the work done by the over four-million volunteers involved in minor hockey in Canada each and every year.

Hockey Canada Week takes over from ‘Canadian Hockey Week’ which was discontinued in 1999, as Hockey Canada’s thirteen Branches had introduced their own ‘Minor Hockey Week’ at different times of the year. Hockey Canada Week is a brand new national initiative led by Hockey Canada with the participation of Branches, minor hockey associations and other community or corporate partners.

Starting on Saturday, November 8 and running through November 15th, many of Hockey Canada’s thirteen Branches and over 2,500 minor hockey associations will be conducting a number of events across the country, such as Development Camps, fundraisers and special games and practices.

Activites scheduled by Hockey Canada and its Member Branches and Associations for Hockey Canada Week

(Nov. 8-15, 2003)

· Esso Fun Days

· Hockey Canada Coaching clinics

· Hockey Canada Skills Camps

· Chevrolet Safe & Fun Camps

· Minor hockey tournaments

· Fundraising dinners

· Invitations for younger hockey teams to practice with older players

· And much more – Visit for a complete list of activities scheduled for Hockey Canada Week.

Hockey Canada Week Minor Hockey Association Contest

Hockey Canada has introduced a ‘Minor Hockey Association Contest’ that will run during Hockey Canada Week. Minor hockey associations can enter by holding an activity during Hockey Canada Week that promotes hockey in a positive way. The winning minor hockey association will receive $10,000 in Easton hockey equipment and products. For more details and complete rules and contest entry criteria, minor hockey associations can visit

Design-A-Mask Contest

In celebration of Hockey Canada week, ITECH and Hockey Canada are inviting Canadian youngsters to design a totally original Canadian mask that will be worn by a Team Canada goalie at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland from December 25, 2003 to January 5, 2004. Contest winners will receive an ITECH goalie mask custom painted with the winning design and autographed by members of Canada’s National Junior Team. For criteria and registration information, go to

RBC Local Hockey Leaders

Hockey Canada today announced that it has partnered with RBC Financial Group, hockey commentator Ron MacLean, and the Hockey Hall of Fame in the RBC Local Hockey Leaders program. This new program will recognize and reward those ‘behind-the-scenes’ individuals who dedicate their time to supporting grassroots hockey in their community, while helping young athletes realize their potential. For further information, visit

For further information on Hockey Canada Week, visit

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