Thirteen regional RBC Local Hockey Leaders(R) to be recognized in the Hockey Hall of Fame, awarded $10,000 and a team spot in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay
TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - RBC Insurance, with support from Hockey Canada and the Hockey Hall of Fame, today launched its annual nationwide search for outstanding hockey volunteers.
"For the past six years the RBC Local Hockey Leaders program has recognized unsung volunteers who dedicate their time to supporting minor hockey in their communities," said Neil Skelding, president and CEO of RBC Insurance. "We believe it's important to recognize these volunteers because without them, hockey in our communities simply would not happen."
This program recognizes individuals like Angelo Gianjorio, the 2008 RBC Local Hockey Leader for Ontario. Gianjorio is a long time hockey volunteer and administrator with the Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association. Gianjorio spends many volunteer hours bettering the Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association, and in 2004 he was nominated to the Sports Hall of Fame and his plaque hangs in the arena for all to see.
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, all of this year's winners will receive a Team Spot in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, which will give them and up to 20 individuals the opportunity to collectively carry the Olympic Flame. This Team Spot will enable the Local Hockey Leaders to recognize others who have come together to help them make a difference to minor hockey in their communities.