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November 12, 2013 11:00 ET

Mr. Hockey Helps Baycrest Announce 2013 Baycrest Pro-Am Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees

Gordie Howe Helps Recognize Wendel Clark, Curtis Joseph, Mike Krushelnyski and Kevin Maguire During Annual Celebration at Baycrest

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 12, 2013) - The 2013 Baycrest Pro-Am Hockey Hall of Fame inductees were announced today during a special ceremony at Baycrest Health Sciences. Inducted by Gordie Howe, a true hockey hero, long-time Baycrest supporter and member of the Baycrest Pro-Am Hockey Hall of Fame himself, the inductees included celebrated NHL alumni Wendel Clark, Curtis Joseph, Mike Krushelnyski and Kevin Maguire, along with dedicated Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's™ supporters. Recognized for their dedication to the hockey tournament, now in its ninth year, these inductees have assisted in raising millions for Alzheimer's research at Baycrest.

"Today marks an incredibly special day for both the Baycrest Foundation and the players inducted into the Baycrest Pro-Am Hockey Hall of Fame," said Brian Dunphy, Manager Events and Corporate Relations, Baycrest Foundation. "These individuals have lent so much of their time and support to Baycrest and have truly helped us stick it to Alzheimer's. We are extremely grateful to have such strong advocates and look forward to seeing everyone at the 2014 tournament in May."

The Baycrest Pro-Am Hockey Hall of Fame highlights and honours individuals who have gone above and beyond for Baycrest's annual Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's hockey tournament, reconnecting key participants with the cause for which they fundraise. This year a total of 10 people were inducted under the categories of Player, Builder, and NHL Alumni.

Having raised more than $100,000 each since they began playing in the tournament, Steven Forberg, Alex Jurshevski, Irv Kleiner and Steven Little were inducted into the Player category. Builder inductees included Stan Feldman and Mark Gryfe who, through their ongoing support, encouragement and faith in the event, have helped the tournament grow and become the success it is today. Going above and beyond the call of duty for the Pro-Am, Wendel Clark, Curtis Joseph, Mike Krushelnyski, and Kevin Maguire were all inducted into the NHL Alumni category.

"Congratulations to everyone inducted into the Hall of Fame today," said Rob Mattacott, Scotiabank District Vice-President of the Toronto Centre District. "Your contributions to the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's have made a significant impact towards combating this devastating disease, while giving hockey lovers a great way to raise funds for a cause that impacts many people and their families."

With more than $23 million raised in its nine-year history, the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's delivers critical funds for Alzheimer's research at Baycrest, a global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging and brain health. An academic health sciences centre fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest is at the forefront of cognitive neuroscience research aimed at preventing and controlling brain-related illnesses.

For more information on the 2014 Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's, to register a team or for information on how to donate please visit scotiabankproam.com.

About the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's
Established in 2006, the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's is an innovative charitable hockey tournament that supports care and research in Alzheimer's and related dementias. Taking place in Toronto on May 1-3, the three-day hockey experience allows amateur hockey players the opportunity to play with and against a host of NHL alumni. To date, the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's has raised more than $23 million for Alzheimer's care and research at Baycrest Health Sciences -- a global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging and brain health. Follow the excitement on Twitter at @ScotiabankProAm (#scotiaproam) and on Facebook at Facebook.com/ScotiabankProAm or visit scotiabankproam.com to register.

About Baycrest Health Sciences
Baycrest is a global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging and brain health. Headquartered on a 22-acre campus and fully affiliated with University of Toronto, Baycrest is unique in the world, combining a comprehensive system of care for aging adults, one of the world's top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience (the Rotman Research Institute), dedicated centres focused on mitigating the impact of age-related illness and impairment, and unmatched global knowledge exchange and commercialization capacity. For more information visit baycrest.org.

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is the Official Bank of the NHL®, NHL Alumni™, CWHL, Vancouver Canucks®, Winnipeg Jets®, Toronto Maple Leafs®, Ottawa Senators® and the Calgary Flames® whose home arena is the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Bank also has a partnership with the Montreal Canadiens®. Scotiabank has a long tradition of supporting hockey in Canada from local teams and minor hockey associations to professional players and leagues. Across Canadian communities from coast to coast, Scotiabank's Community Hockey Sponsorship Program reaches out to more than 4,500 minor hockey teams and leagues. To find out more about Scotiabank's hockey programs, please visit www.facebook.com/scotiahockeyclub.

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