The biggest hockey fundraiser in Canada – and I’m playing shinny!

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The last time I played hockey was in Grade 6. I was the goalie, stopping 1854 shots, allowing 12 goals in 22 minutes. That’s how awesome the game was back then. I’ll be playing in the Scotiabank Pro-Am Media VS NHL Alumni Shinny Game, hoping not to kill myself. That’s my goal. Join me, won’t you? Here is a list of alumni who are playing in the tournament (some of whom will be playing in the shinny game)

2013 SCOTIABANK PRO-AM FOR ALZHEIMER’S™ NAMES RAY BOURQUE AS LATEST NHL® ALUMNUS TO JOIN TOURNAMENT

Exciting incentive contest for participants also announced

Already boasting an impressive roster, hockey fans in Toronto will be excited to learn that the 2013 Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s supporting Baycrest Health Sciences has added celebrated NHL® great Ray Bourque to the tournament. Joining legendary NHL® alumni, Wendel Clark, Paul Coffey, Gilbert Dionne, Marcel Dionne, Theo Fleury, Doug Gilmour, Curtis Joseph, Mike Krusnelnyski, Gary Leeman, Kevin Maguire, Dennis Maruk, Dave McLlwain, Marty McSorley, Mark Napier, Gary Roberts, and Tim Taylor, Bourque will lace-up May 2-4 at York University’s Canlan Ice Sports to participate in the eighth annual event.

In addition to announcing an exciting new player to the tournament roster, an incentive contest has also been added, offering the opportunity of a lifetime: top fundraising teams and individuals from the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s will have a chance to play in a celebrity softball game at the Rogers Centre this summer.

“With every name we add to the NHL® alumni list, the 2013 Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s keeps getting bigger and better,” said Danny McNair, Events Manager, the Baycrest Foundation. “Not only are we offering participants the chance to play alongside some of their favourite hockey heroes, but also an incredible opportunity to play softball on the Rogers Centre field. We appreciate every participant’s support and are thrilled to be able to offer such a special incentive this year in support of Baycrest.”

“Adding my name to this impressive roster is incredible,” said Ray Bourque, NHL® alumnus. “I’m proud to support Baycrest with an amazing group of people, all while playing the game I love. I’m thoroughly looking forward to the tournament!”

The Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s is a unique fundraising initiative that provides amateur hockey players the opportunity to play alongside NHL® alumni while raising crucial funds in support of Alzheimer’s research, education and care at Baycrest. To participate, teams must raise a minimum of $25,000. NHL® alumni are then drafted for the tournament based on a team’s total amount raised.

With more than $20 million raised in its eight-year history, the weekend-long tournament secures critical funds for Alzheimer’s research at Baycrest, a global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging brain health. An academic health science center fully affiliated with the
University of Toronto, Baycrest is at the forefront of cognitive neuroscience research aimed at preventing and controlling brain-related illnesses. The tournament is directly supported by Gordie Howe, who has been deeply involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s since losing wife Colleen in 2009 to Pick’s disease, a form of dementia.

For more information on the 2013 Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s, to register a team or for a full list of participating NHL® alumni please visit scotiabankproam.com.

About the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s
Established in 2006, the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s is an innovative charitable hockey tournament that supports care and research in Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Taking place in Toronto, May 2-4, the three-day hockey experience allows amateur hockey players the opportunity to play with and against a host of NHL® alumni. To date, the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s has raised more than $20 million for Alzheimer’s care and research at Baycrest Health Sciences – a global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging and brain health. Follow the excitement on Twitter at @ScotiabankProAm (#scotiaproam) and on Facebook at Facebook.com/ScotiabankProAm or visit scotiabankproam.com to register.

About Baycrest Health Sciences
Baycrest is a global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging brain health. Headquartered on a 22-acre campus in Toronto and fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest provides care to more than 2,500 frail and active seniors every day in outpatient and inpatient programs and residential settings. Baycrest’s Centre for Memory and Neurotherapeutics offers clinical and educational programs for memory, dementia and related disorders. Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute is one of the top five brain institutes in the world, leading groundbreaking research to understand the mechanisms of memory and executive functions of the brain, in normal aging and in the presence of dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke and other conditions and diseases. For more information visit Baycrest.org.

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 more than 4,500 minor hockey teams. 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 $47 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.