RBC and Steve Yzerman help build a community of skaters in Cochrane

RBC and Steve Yzerman help build a community of skaters in Cochrane 
The $10,000 RBC Play Hockey Grant to Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre 
is the most recent in a long line of contributions RBC has made to the Alberta 
hockey community. 
CALGARY, Aug. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - RBC Play Hockey Ambassador, Steve Yzerman, will 
welcome Cochrane's Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre to Team Canada's 
centre ice at WinSport to receive a 2013 RBC Play Hockey grant of $10,000. RBC 
Play Hockey is a wide-ranging, multi-year commitment to grow the game of 
hockey that to date has provided more than $1.5 million in grants to over 120 
grassroots hockey programs across North America. 
"I have spent my life playing hockey and have seen firsthand the benefit this 
sport has on Canadian families," says Steve Yzerman, RBC Play Hockey 
Ambassador. "I am proud to be here today, on behalf of RBC, to honour the 
great people behind the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Their 
commitment will ensure increased access to the sport of hockey for the 
community of Cochrane with the goal of getting more people out on the ice 
enjoying this great game." 
Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLS FSC) was awarded an RBC Play 
Hockey Grant to fund three unique hockey initiatives designed to introduce the 
game in a fun and approachable way. 

    --  SLS FSC Play N Skate is public skating with a twist. During
        this time, toys, plastic sticks, pucks and nets are set up on
        the ice and kids age 3-6 can play while learning the basic
        elements of hockey.
    --  SLS FSC Hockey Kids.  Kids new to hockey are given the
        opportunity to learn some of the finer points of skating,
        shooting, passing, and playing the game in a non competitive
    --  SLS FSC Ladies Shinny.  Giving females the opportunity to get
        out on the ice, this program introduces women to the sport and
        provides them the opportunity to develop their skills.

"The RBC Play Hockey Grant enables us to introduce programs that we haven't 
offered before and to build on the idea that hockey should be open and 
accessible to everyone in our community," said Robin Mitchell, General 
Manager, Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. "We can't thank RBC enough 
for giving us this opportunity to keep kids on the ice in Cochrane for years 
to come."

RBC Play Hockey is a collection of programs and partnerships focused on 
helping build a nation of skaters, from ponds to podiums, so everyone can play 
hockey. Nearly 570,000 kids play hockey in Canada and the game continues to be 
a defining characteristic for Canadians.

"The game of hockey relies on volunteers, coaches and supporters to help grow 
the sport and engage youth from a young age," said Mike Maloney, Regional Vice 
President, RBC. "At RBC, we're proud to support the hard work and dedication 
that helps make hockey happen in communities in Alberta, and across the 

As a premier partner of Hockey Canada, RBC is an official sponsor of the men's 
and women's national teams, the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, and 
Canada's National Junior A Championship - the RBC Cup. RBC sponsors amateur 
sport in communities across Canada, from grassroots programs to national sport 
associations and elite-level athletes. For more information, visit 
rbcplayhockey.com. To apply for a grant or for more information about the RBC 
Play Hockey program, visit rbcplayhockey.com.

SOURCE  RBC Calgary 
Pamela Brown Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, RBC Alberta and the  
Territories 403.292.3372 (w) pamela.brown@rbc.com 
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