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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 17, 2014

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NHL Alumni Countdown to Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer's Tournament

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Vancouver, B.C. - On September 20 - the eve of World Alzheimer's Day - the Alzheimer Society of B.C. will kick off the countdown to the Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer's tournament at the first Vancouver Giants game of the season. At 5 p.m. NHL alum Cliff Ronning and Alzheimer Society of B.C. CEO Maria Howard will deliver a pre-game briefing at the River Rock Lounge at the Pacific Coliseum in Hastings Park.

Tournament participant and NHL alum, Mark Napier says, "Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer's is a great chance for hockey enthusiasts to play with NHL Alumni for a good cause. The three day co-ed, pro-am tournament takes place November 14-16. Registered teams play alongside hockey heroes, including Cliff Ronning, Kirk Mclean and Marty McSorley, as they fundraise and bring awareness to the third most feared disease amongst British Columbians."

The tournament begins with the invite only Gordie Howe & Friends Luncheon on Friday and continues with Draft Night.  While each team must raise a minimum of $25,000 to play in the tournament, the more the team raises, the higher they rank in the draft selection and the better their chances are of playing alongside their chosen alum.

Over the Saturday and Sunday, teams play a minimum of three divisional games each. Hockey players aged over 30 years old (goalies can be 25 years old and up) are welcome to register for the event at www.hockeyforalzheimers.ca.

Alzheimer Society of B.C. CEO Maria Howard says, "We’re proud to launch the Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer's tournament on the eve of World Alzheimer's Day. This World Alzheimer's month, we’re asking British Columbians to be good to their brains. Three areas to consider to improve brain health: mind, body and spirit. Team sports like hockey have an impact on all three."

As well as leading by example, the Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer's tournament helps to ensure the Alzheimer Society of B.C. continues to be the go-to resource for families impacted by dementia. Funds raised go to providing education programs and support services for families impacted by dementia across the province, to fund research for a cure and to advocate for improved dementia health care.  


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Interviews and photos available upon request.


Media Contact
Freya Tomren
Coordinator, Marketing & Business Development Communications
Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Phone: 604-742-4919| Cell: 778-882-9895
E-mail: ftomren@alzheimerbc.org
Website: www.alzheimerbc.org
Twitter: www.twitter.com/AlzheimerBCnews

Note: Members of the media will require a media pass and are invited to attend the game that follows. Please RSVP to Freya Tomren by 12 p.m. on Saturday September 20.

Share on Twitter: Find out why #NHL Alumni like Cliff Ronning are helping put Alzheimer’s on ice and how you can join them: www.hockeyforalzheimers.ca

About Dementia
Dementia is a term that describes a general group of brain disorders. Symptoms include the loss of memory, impaired judgment, and changes in behaviour and personality. Dementia is progressive, degenerative and eventually terminal. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia accounting for almost two-thirds of dementias in Canada today.

About the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. provides a provincial network of support and education for families impacted by dementia and people concerned about memory loss. Communities across the province count on the Society for support services, information and education programs, advocacy to improve dementia care in B.C. and to fund research to find the causes and cures. As part of a national federation, the Society is a leading authority on the disease in Canada.


ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF B.C.

300 - 828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1E2

PHONE: 604-681-6530  FAX: 604-669-6907  TOLL FREE: 1-800-667-3742

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