Canadian Olympians lace up their skates to coach at first ever Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest 2013 in St. John's

Canadian Olympians lace up their skates to coach at first ever Scotiabank 
Girls HockeyFest 2013 in St. John's 
Canadian Women's Hockey Greats Tessa Bonhomme and Sami Jo Small to coach 150 
future hockey stars on Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada 
ST. JOHN'S, Feb. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Two-time Olympic gold medalist, five-time 
World Champion Sami Jo Small and Olympic gold medalist Tessa Bonhomme are 
teaming up on Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada to coach young female athletes 
at the first ever Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest in St. John's. The two hockey 
stars will teach some 150 young hockey players valuable ice and life skills on 
Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Mile One 
"We are excited to bring Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest to Newfoundland as part 
of country-wide celebrations for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, a 
celebration of Canada's favourite sport," said Beverly Robart, District 
Banking Manager, Scotiabank Newfoundland and Labrador. "We're thrilled to be 
offering this event in St. John's for the first time ever. It's a fabulous 
opportunity for young girls to learn on and off the ice skills from Canada's 
top female athletes and a great way for Scotiabank to expand its support of 
community hockey to future female players of the sport." 
Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest in St.John's will host three free sessions for 
girls under 15, girls under 12 and girls under nine. The free all-day event at 
Mile One Centre home of the St. John's Ice Caps, includes on and off-ice 
training, an arena tour, and a keynote address from the Olympians about the 
importance of the hard work and perseverance in helping them reach their 
personal and professional goals. 
"Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest is a great way to both introduce young female 
athlete's to Canada's game and also help hone the skills of some young stars 
in the making," said Tessa Bonhomme, Scotiabank Hockey Ambassador. "As a 
coach, it means a lot to me to be a part of this event, to help young girls 
improve their game, and also give them the chance to learn both life and 
hockey skills that I hope will stick with them throughout their lives." 
Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest began in Ottawa nine years ago. This year, it will 
be held in Brandon, Winnipeg, St. John's, Toronto and Ottawa, and was held in 
Calgary in the fall of 2012. To learn more about the event please visit 
Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest is a part of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, 
which kicks off early in host city Peterborough, ON, with events taking place 
in the week leading up to February 9. Events in Peterborough include youth 
skills clinics and school visits with the Stanley Cup. For a full list of 
events and game schedules, click here. For more information about the program, 
join Scotiabank Hockey Club on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at 
About the coaches: 
Sami Jo Small, a powerful force in women's hockey, is a two-time Olympic gold 
medalist, five-time World Champion and two-time World Champion MVP. She 
co-founded the Canadian Women's Hockey League and is a proud member of the 
Toronto team in the CWHL. 
In addition to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Tessa Bonhomme, selected as the 
2010 top draft pick for the CWHL, helped bring home the Gold medal at the 2010 
Women's Four Nations Cup,the 2007 IIHF World Women's Championship and the 
2005 Air Canada Cupas well as the Silver medal at the 2011 & 2009 IIHF 
Women's World Championship and the 2006 Air Canada Cup. Now in her sixth 
year with the Canadian National Women's Hockey team, Ms. Bonhomme is 
originally from Sudbury, Ontario, and played for the Sudbury Lady Wolves from 
1998-2003 before attending Ohio State where she was co-captain of the Buckeyes 
in the NCAA. Ms. Bonhomme balances her National Team responsibilities along 
with also being a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs TV broadcast team and is a 
Scotiabank Hockey Ambassador. 
About Scotiabank 
Scotiabank is the Official Bank of the NHL®, NHL Alumni™, CWHL, Winnipeg 
Jets®, 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 more than 3,700 minor 
hockey teams and leagues. To find out more about Scotiabank's hockey programs, 
please visit 
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 $47 million annually to 
community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us 
Sheena Findlay Scotiabank Media Communications 647-628-3501 
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