The Canadian Multicultural Hockey Inc.

The Canadian Multicultural Hockey Inc.
Canadian Ethnic Media Association

Canadian Ethnic Media Association
OMNI Television

OMNI Television

December 12, 2006 18:28 ET

The Coffee Time 241 Pizza Canadian Multicultural Hockey Championships 'CMHC' December 27-30, 2006

Canadian Multicultural Hockey: A Growing Passion!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 12, 2006) - The Canadian Multicultural Hockey (CMHL) Inc. held a media conference today to officially launch the 2006 edition of the Coffee Time 241 Pizza Canadian Multicultural Hockey Championships. With a strong mandate to promote the legendary Canadian hockey game to Canadians of diverse heritages, it's admirable how the passion of an individual has positively affected several hundred players (men and women), and organizers combined, and is rapidly bringing a common dream to life, for the entertainment and enjoyment of thousands of Canadians and their families.

According to Tim Fujita, head of Community Relations and spokesperson for The Coffee Time 241 Pizza CMHC, "what has been achieved over the last two years is the result of a 20 year old crystal clear vision that multicultural hockey is right for this country. Now that we've recognized this and are remaining committed to furthering its evolution, we feel that it is coming of age, and as a result, Canadians who have longed for it, are as excited as we are about it, and are embracing it ...naturally." And what better time to run the championships than during the Holiday Season, when Canadians (families, couples and groups of friends) can travel together to cheer for their communities at several of the 64 games that will be played, over 4 days, at Ted Reeve and Scarborough Arena Gardens (Birchmount Arena)-hosting arenas of the men's division games--and at Scarborough Centennial and Scarborough Village arenas--hosting arenas of the women's division games. Tom Michalopoulos, President and CEO of Chairman's Brand Corporation acknowledges this as being the key reason why Coffee Time and 241 Pizza have come on board this year as the title sponsor; he says "the CMHL is important to us because it celebrates diversity in Toronto and it pulls communities together. We are proud to be a part of it." CMHL values the meaningful support through the sponsorship of Coffee Time and 241 Pizza, CEMA--The Canadian Ethnic Media Association, which has also unanimously agreed to join as a sponsor this year, and Rogers Omni Television's continued support as exclusive Television sponsor.

A big highlight of the Championships is the awarding of three new trophies to three MVP's as follows: "The Dalton McGuinty Award" being presented for perseverance, dedication to the game, and inter-community involvement, "The John Tory Award" to the MVP of the women's division and "The Howard Hampton Award" to the MVP of the men's division. An organizing committee will be appointed to select the recipients of these awards, which will be presented between 9:00-9:30 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2006, following the Final Championships game.

Other highlights of the Coffee Time 241 Pizza CMHC 2006 are: an increased roster of teams from 16 in 2005 to 20 who will be vying for the Canadian Cup (won in 2005 by the Irish Shamrocks), Gold, Silver and Bronze medals-the winning team of the Canadian Cup will have a $5000 donation made to its favorite charity; the introduction of a women's division of six teams who will also compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals; the Heritage Bowl, this year, will be awarded to the Champions of a Final between the winners of the Canadian Cup and the winners of the (Madawaska Valley hosted) 2nd Annual Opeongo Heritage Cup, to be held in Barry's Bay on April 1st, 2007.

For more information on the Coffee Time 2 4 1 Pizza Canadian Multicultural Hockey Championships, including history, game schedules, access to the games and location of arenas, please visit www.cmhl.ca.

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