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2011 RBC PLAY HOCKEY GRANT RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

May 5, 2011

More than 30 organizations across North America benefit in first round

TORONTO, May 5 /PRNewswire/ – RBC, in partnership with USA Hockey and Hockey
Canada, today announced that more than 30 organizations from across
North America will receive 2011 RBC Play Hockey grants. RBC Play Hockey
is a wide-ranging, multi-year commitment to grow the game of hockey
from the grassroots level in communities across North America.

“Each of our recipients has demonstrated a commitment and passion to
keep hockey vibrant and strong in their community,” said Jim Little,
chief brand and communications officer, RBC. “RBC is proud to support
the hard work and dedication that helps hockey happen. We believe in
giving back to our local communities and these grants will benefit a
wide range of programs and services so that more people can play the
game.”

To help shine a spotlight on the people and programs associated with
hockey in communities across North America, RBC Play Hockey Grants have
been awarded to existing and future projects dedicated to helping
people play all forms and all levels of hockey. The 2011 RBC Play
Hockey grant recipients will be awarded a grant in the amount of
$5,000, $10,000 or $25,000.

2011 RBC Play Hockey grant recipients:

     ____________________________________________________________________
    |Program                                   |Location                 |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Brandon Hockey Chicks                     |Lakeland, FL             |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Volusia Youth Hockey Association          |Port Orange, FL          |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Western Eagle County Metro Recreation     |Eagle, CO                |
    |District                                  |                         |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Rocky Mountain Special Hockey, Inc.       |Arvada, CO               |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Maine Girls Ice Hockey Association        |Portland, ME             |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Minnesotta Warriors Hockey                |Vadnais Heights, MN      |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |MN Special Hockey                         |Coon Rapids, MN          |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Waconia Youth Hockey Association          |Waconia, MN              |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Herb Brooks Foundation                    |Minneapolis, MN          |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Randolph Youth Hockey                     |Randolph, NJ             |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Prospect Park Alliance                    |New York, NY             |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Fargo Youth Hockey Association            |Fargo, ND                |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Prince Charles Elementary School          |Surrey, BC               |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Britannia Community Services Centre       |Vancouver, BC            |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Hanna Minor Hockey Association            |Hanna, AB                |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Camrose Minor Hockey Association          |Camrose, AB              |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Bkejwanong Youth Facility                 |Walpole Island, ON       |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Dinsmore Memorial Arena Board             |Dinsmore, SK             |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Waywayseecappo Youth Recreation           |Waywayseecappo, MB       |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |George Bell Hockey Association            |Toronto, ON              |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Markham Minor Hockey Association          |Markham, ON              |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Scarborough Youth House League            |Pickering, ON            |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |City of Kawartha Lakes                    |Lindsay, ON              |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Ó°cole Ó°l©mentaire Publique Marie-Curie    |Ottawa, ON               |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Durham Minor Hockey Association           |Durham, ON               |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |North Bay North Stars Special Needs Hockey|North Bay, ON            |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Listowel Minor Hockey Association         |Listowel, ON             |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |London Blizzard Sledge Hockey Club        |London, ON               |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Brampton Canadettes Girls Hockey          |Brampton, ON             |
    |Association                               |                         |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Kitchener Minor Hockey Association        |Kitchener, ON            |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Association les Chemins du Soleil         |Montreal, QC             |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Corporation de d©veloppement sociaux      |Stoneham-et-Tewksbury, QC|
    |©conomique de St-Adolphe                  |                         |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |D©fi-Jeunesse du Haut St-Maurice          |La Tuque, QC             |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Antigonish Minor Hockey Association       |Antigonish, NS           |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Brendon Oreto Foundation                  |Hanwell, NB              |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Boys and Girls Club of Grand Manan        |Grand Manan, NB          |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Bathurst Minor Hockey                     |Bathurst, NB             |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|
    |Strait Richmond Minor Hockey              |River Bourgeois, NS      |
    |__________________________________________|_________________________|

RBC has been involved in hockey at both the community and national level
for decades, since 1947. With $1 million in grants available and a team
of RBC Play Hockey Ambassadors which includes Steve Yzerman, Steven
Stamkos and P.K. Subban who will share their passion and excitement for
the game, RBC Play Hockey will strengthen and energize the game at the
grassroots level and deliver a hockey program that gives everyone the
chance to play.

To date, RBC has provided more than $200,000 in grants to hockey
programs across North America – ranging from learn-to-skate, ball
hockey, and equipment-sharing programs to reduced registration, access
to ice and hockey clinic initiatives. RBC Play Hockey grant
applications will continue to be accepted until September 30, 2011. A
second round of grants will be announced in October 2011. To apply for
a grant or for more information about the RBC Play Hockey program,
visit www.rbcplayhockey.com.

“Without skates to tie, volunteers to teach, coaches to inspire, and ice
to skate on, the game of hockey simply would not happen,” said Little.
“Our focus is to help people get started, get better and go further in
hockey.”

RBC is committed to helping hockey happen in communities across North
America. As a premier partner of USA Hockey and Hockey Canada, RBC is
an official sponsor of each country’s men’s and women’s national teams,
the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, Canada’s National Junior A
Championship – the RBC Cup – and the Hockey Hall of Fame. RBC sponsors
amateur sport in communities across North America, from grassroots
programs to national sport associations and elite-level athletes.

 

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