Assay Results Announced from the Inaugural Drilling Program at Champion's Penguin Lake Project, Southern Labrador Trough

Assay Results Announced from the Inaugural Drilling Program at Champion's 
Penguin Lake Project, Southern Labrador Trough 
300 m grading 33% Total Iron intersected in drill-hole PL13-10; part
of a drilling campaign that transected a total of 1600 m of iron
formation having an average grade of 29.5% Total Iron 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/25/13 -- CHAMPION IRON MINES
LIMITED (TSX:CHM)(OTCQX:CPMNF)(FRANKFURT:P02) ("Champion" or the
"Company") reports that Cartier Iron Corporation ("Cartier Iron")
(CNSX:CFE) issued a news release earlier today, providing assay
results from its inaugural ten-hole Phase I diamond-drilling
programme completed on the Company's Penguin Lake Project (the
"Project"), located in the southern Labrador Trough, Quebec.  
The ten (10), NQ-diameter drill-holes, totalling 3,315 metres (m),
were designed to intersect magnetite/hematite-rich iron formation,
coincident with a strong magnetic-response anomaly(1), in the area of
the catalogued "Lac Pingouin Zone 1" Occurrence(2)
(http://sigeom.mrnf.gouv.qc.ca/ Cogite # 23C/01-0004), which has an
historic mineral resource(3) of 46.7 Million tonnes grading 30% FeT
(Total Iron)(4), estimated from the results of nine historic
diamond-drill holes.  
The Phase I drilling campaign intersected a total of 1600 metres of
iron formation with an average grade of 29.5% FeT. Selected "best"
intervals include: 242 m grading 25.2% FeT from hole PL13-04; 129 m
grading 34.4% FeT in hole PL13-05; 112 m of 29.4% FeT encountered in
hole PL13-07; and, 300 m grading 33% FeT in hole PL13-10. A list of
composite assay results from the drill programme can be found in
Cartier Iron's press release dated April 25, 2013, which is available
on their corporate website at www.cartieriron.com and it will also be
posted under Cartier Iron's filings at www.sedar.com. 
Cartier Iron further reported that it has commissioned MRB &
Associates of Val-d'Or, Quebec to complete a National Instrument
43-101 compliant Mineral Resource Estimate for the Penguin Lake
Project with results expected by early Q3 2013. The Penguin Lake
Project is currently being explored pursuant to an option agreement
with Cartier Iron, whereby Cartier Iron was granted the right to earn
a 65% interest in the iron-rich mineral concessions (see the
Company's press release dated December 11, 2012). 
About Champion Iron Mines Limited 
Champion is an iron exploration and development company with offices
in Montreal and Toronto, and is focused on developing its significant
iron resources in the provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland &
Labrador. Champion holds a 100% interest in the Fermont Iron Holdings
and a 44% interest in the Attikamagen Iron Project located in both
Quebec and Labrador. The Attikamagen Project is under option to Labec
Century Iron Ore Inc. ("Labec"), a subsidiary of Century Iron Mines
Corporation, under which Labec can earn up to a 60% interest. Labec
has requested a transfer of a further 4% to increase Labec's holding
to 60% under its option agreement with Champion. Champion is
undertaking its due diligence investigations with respect to the
request. 
Champion's Fermont Iron Holdings, including its flagship Consolidated
Fire Lake North Project, are located in Canada's major iron ore
producing district, in close proximity to five producing iron mines,
existing transportation and power infrastructure. Consolidated Fire
Lake North is located immediately north of ArcelorMittal's operating
Fire Lake Mine and 60 km south of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.'s
Bloom Lake Mine in northeastern Quebec. Champion's management and
advisory board includes mining and exploration professionals with the
mine development and operations experience to build, commission, and
operate the future Consolidated Fire Lake North mine. 
For additional information on Champion, please visit our website at
www.championironmines.com.  
This news release includes certain information that may constitute
"forward-looking information" under applicable Canadian securities
legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited
to, statements about planned operations at the Company's projects,
including its Consolidated Fire Lake North Project. Forward-looking
information is necessarily based upon a number of estimates and
assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known
and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause
the actual results and future events to differ materially from those
expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including
the risks identified in Champion's annual information forms,
management discussion and analysis and other securities regulatory
filings by Champion on SEDAR (including under the heading "Risk
Factors" therein). There can be no assurance that such information
will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could
differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking
information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on
forward-looking information. All forward-looking information
contained in this press release is given as of the date hereof and is
based upon the information available to management as at the date
hereof. Champion disclaims any intention or obligation to update or
revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. 
This press release has been prepared by Champion Iron Mines Limited
and no regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the
information contained herein.  
(1) 2008 GPR Geophysics Report & Survey Data: 2008 Airborne Survey,
Fermont Properties, for Champion Iron Mines Limited (GM63919); 2011
Fugro Airborne Survey, for Champion Iron Mines Limited (GM65900). 
(2) The on-line documented information on the Lac Pingouin Occurrence
describes the rocks hosting the mineralization and the historic
resource, and can be viewed on-line at http://sigeom.mrnf.gouv.qc.ca/
(COGITE #23C/01-0004). 
(3) All historical Mineral Resource estimates outlined in this
disclosure are non-compliant to NI 43-101 Mineral Resources and
Mineral Reserves standards, and should therefore not be relied upon.
A Qualified Person has not done sufficient work to upgrade or
classify these Historical Mineral Resources as current NI 43-101
compliant Mineral resources. 
(4) Historical Mineral Resource for the Lac Pingouin occurrence are
from MRNFQ Assessment Files GM12096 and GM13035. 
Contacts:
Champion Iron Mines Limited
Thomas G. Larsen
President and CEO
(416) 866-2200 
Champion Iron Mines Limited
Jorge Estepa
Vice President
(416) 866-2200
www.championironmines.com