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2008 RBC Local Hockey Leaders named

13 dedicated hockey volunteers will be recognized in the Hockey Hall of Fame and receive $10,000 each, courtesy of RBC Insurance, towards grassroots hockey in their communities

TORONTO, March 6, 2008 — RBC Insurance, with support from Hockey Canada and the Hockey Hall of Fame, today recognized Canada's most dedicated behind-the-scenes hockey volunteers as part of the annual RBC Local Hockey Leaders program.

Each winner will receive $10,000 towards a registered charity/hockey cause in their community and a signed Team Canada jersey. A banner recognizing the achievement will also be raised in the winner's local arena. In addition, the 13 RBC Local Hockey Leaders - one from each regional Hockey Canada branch - will be recognized in a special permanent display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, which will be unveiled in April at a special ceremony honouring the 2007/2008 RBC Local Hockey Leaders.

"For the past five years we have been amazed at the selfless contributions hundreds of Canadians are making to support hockey in their communities," said Neil Skelding, President and CEO, RBC Insurance. "This year is certainly no exception, and RBC Insurance is very proud to continue the tradition of recognizing the most deserving of these hockey volunteers in the Hockey Hall of Fame."

2008 Regional RBC Local Hockey Leaders:

Region RBC Local Hockey Leader Community
Hockey North
Inuvik, NT
British Columbia
Port Alice, BC
Viking, AB
Eatonia, SK
St. Laurent, MB
Niagara Falls, ON
Northwestern Ontario
Kenora, ON
Ottawa District
Brockville, ON
Port Cartier, QC
New Brunswick
Dalhousie, NB
Nova Scotia
Middleton, NS
Prince Edward Island
Murray River, PEI
Newfoundland & Labrador
Clarenville, NFLD

A panel including National Women's Team member Jennifer Botterill, National Men's Sledge Hockey Team Captain Jean Labonté, hockey legend Ron Ellis, Dr. Allan Morris, chair of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors and other Hockey Canada officials chose winners from hundreds of nominations submitted through the program's website. Hard work, dependability, enthusiasm and leadership were among the criteria considered during the evaluation of submissions.

"Every Canadian community has individuals who organize, administer, fundraise, coach and do whatever it takes to keep hockey vibrant in their communities," said Bob Nicholson, President, Hockey Canada. "We appreciate RBC's continued leadership not only in recognizing these volunteers, but also in providing the funding to replace aging equipment, improve facilities and generally make hockey more accessible."

In 2003, RBC launched the RBC Local Hockey Leaders program to recognize individuals who dedicate their time to hockey at the community level. Over the past four years, RBC Insurance has awarded more than $500,000 to grassroots hockey activities across Canada through the RBC Local Hockey Leaders program.

For more information and biographies on all of the RBC Local Hockey Leaders, please visit www.rbclocalhockeyleaders.com.

About RBC Insurance
RBC Insurance provides a wide range of creditor, life, health, travel, home, auto and reinsurance products and services to more than five million clients in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. These products and services are offered through a wide variety of distribution channels, including the telephone, independent brokers, travel agents, a proprietary sales force and the Internet. More information is available at www.rbcinsurance.com.

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For further information, please contact:
Katie Hammill, 416-603-9452
Jackie Braden, Media Relations, RBC, 416-974-2124


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