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Scotiabank

November 01, 2013 11:00 ET

Two Canadian Gold Medalists to Coach Minor Girl Hockey Players at First Ever Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest Vancouver

Scotiabank Teaming Up With Elite Canadian Women's Hockey Players, Who Will Coach Hundreds of Young Female Athletes

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - November 01, 2013) - Three time Olympian and gold medalist Canadian Cherie Piper and two time gold Olympic medalist Vicky Sunohara are teaming up to coach over 300 young female hockey hopefuls during the first ever Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest Vancouver. The event takes place on Sunday November 10th, 2013 from 9:00am to 6:00pm at Rogers Arena, in partnership with the Vancouver Canucks.

Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest in Vancouver is free to all participants and offers girls from Novice, Atom and Peewee and Bantam levels the opportunity to improve their on and off-ice hockey skills with coaching from some of the best female hockey players in the world as well as the opportunity to create holiday cards for kids in a local hospital as way of giving back to the community.

"I'm excited to be part of the first ever Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest in Vancouver," said Cherie Piper, 3-time Olympic gold medalist. "Getting the right training makes such a huge difference to your game, particularly when you are first starting out. I'm looking forward to teaming up with Vicky Sunohara to share our experiences with the girls and help them have a great day out on the ice."

The day is comprised of hockey skills training and community involvement sessions and a keynote address from the Olympians on the importance of being part of a team and hard work, dedication and determination that helped them reach their goals both on and off the ice. Cherie Piper and Vicky Sunohara will be joined by talented local hockey players from The Pacific Steelers to help lead the training sessions throughout the day. The girls will also get the chance to take their photo with the biggest trophy in Canadian Women's hockey, the Clarkson Cup.

Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest began over ten years ago and has expanded to across Canada to include Toronto, Brandon, Winnipeg and Calgary.

"Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest events around the country, have shown us just how much these young athletes have been able to learn from the talented coaches, who help inspire them to reach their goals on and off the ice," Jacqueline Ryan, Vice President of Sponsorships and Partnerships Programs at Scotiabank. "We look forward to bringing this event to Vancouver and believe it's important to work as a team, whether you are playing sports or helping people in the community." 

To learn more about the program and how to register, please visit www.scotiabankgirlshockeyfest.com

About the coaches

Cherie Piper, originally from Toronto, is three-time Olympic gold medalist and a former member of the Canadian national women's hockey team. Before she retired, she played with the Brampton Thunder in the Canadian Women's Hockey League.

Vicky Sunohara helped bring home two gold and one silver medal from the Olympics as a member of Canada's national women's team. Through the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championships, Sunohara won fifteen gold medals and three silver medals as a member of Canada's national women's team. 

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 4,500 minor hockey teams and leagues. To find out more about Scotiabank's hockey programs, please visit www.facebook.com/scotiahockeyclub.

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

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