Game On! Scotiabank welcomes the return of the NHL season

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada to be held in Peterborough 
TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Scotiabank welcomes the return of the NHL® 
season with the announcement of the first game on Saturday, January 19. With 
the 2012-2013 season back in action, Scotiabank is also excited to invite 
Canadian hockey lovers of all ages to celebrate Canada's national pastime with 
Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, this year happening in Peterborough on 
February 9. 
"We join with all Canadian hockey fans who are excited to see the return of a 
sport so close to our hearts," said Anatol von Hahn, Group Head of Canadian 
Banking at Scotiabank. "We are looking forward to that first puck drop so that 
we can get back to cheering on our favourite teams as they return to the ice. 
As an active sponsor of teams in communities across the country, hockey is at 
the heart of our culture, and Scotiabank is thrilled to support a sport that 
enriches the lives of Canadian hockey fans." 
With the return of the NHL Hockey season, Scotiabank is gearing up for 
Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, a full day of hockey with games featuring 
matchups between Canada's NHL teams, which will be broadcast on CBC. The 
celebration starts at 12:00 p.m. on February 9, with festivities across the 
country featuring some of hockey's best known stars. 
"There's nothing more exciting than cheering for your team - whether that team 
is playing on a pond, a community rink or in a professional arena and hockey 
in Canada gives us countless opportunities to be part of a team," said Duncan 
Hannay, Senior Vice President, Canadian Marketing, Scotiabank. "In addition to 
our support of professional hockey teams this season, Scotiabank is looking 
forward to bringing our hockey fans a full-day celebration of hockey with 
Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. It's just one of the ways Scotiabank is 
delivering on its deep commitment to community-based programs, and we're proud 
to play a role in supporting hockey in communities across Canada." 
Scotiabank current hockey programs include: 


    --  Scotiabank Community Hockey Sponsorship Program, part of the
        Scotiabank Bright Future philanthropic program, where each of
        Scotiabank's more than 1000 Canadian branches are given $1000
        to sponsor minor league hockey in their community. Under this
        program in 2012, 4,456 youth community hockey teams have been
        sponsored.
    --  In December 2012, Scotiabank surprised five minor hockey teams
        in regions across Canada by bringing the Stanley Cup to their
        practice.
    --  Scotia Skaters, where young minor hockey players win a chance
        to skate and line up with their home team for the national
        anthem.
    --  Scotiabank Girls' HockeyFest, which takes place annually in
        Ottawa, Calgary and Oakville and brings aspiring young female
        players together with elite Canadian women hockey players.
    --  Official Bank of the National Hockey League, Official Bank of
        the Ottawa Senators (whose home arena is Scotiabank Place),
        Calgary Flames (whose home arena is the Scotiabank Saddledome),
        Toronto Maple Leafs, and Winnipeg Jets, NHL Alumni, Canadian
        Women's Hockey League.

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is the Official Bank of the NHL®, NHL Alumni™, CWHL, Winnipeg 
JetsTM, Toronto Maple Leafs®, Calgary Flames® whose home arena is the 
Scotiabank Saddledome, and the Ottawa Senators® whose home arena is 
Scotiabank Place. 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 almost 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, 
'Bright Future'. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian 
corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, 
Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $45 million annually to 
community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us 
at www.scotiabank.com.

Sheena Findlay

Scotiabank Media Communications

416-866-6806

sheena.findlay@scotiabank.com

SOURCE: Scotiabank - Sponsorships & Donations

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