‘Mr. Hockey’ Gordie Howe Sticks it to Dementia at 4th Annual Baycrest International Pro-Am Hockey Tournament

April 24 & 25, 2009 at Canlan Ice Sports, York UniversityBaycrest ProAm Hockey – Scotiabank

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – After losing his beloved wife, Colleen, recently to a rare form of dementia known as Pick’s disease, Gordie Howe is throwing his weight behind the Baycrest International Pro-Am Hockey Tournament, presented by Scotiabank. A portion of the tournament proceeds will back the newly launched Gordie and Colleen Howe Fund for Dementia Research, supporting patient outreach programs and clinical drug trials at Baycrest.

“I know firsthand how hard it is to lose a loved one to a disease like this,” says Mr. Howe. “My family and I fully support Baycrest and the work they’re doing to treat and someday even prevent this terrible illness.”

“The Gordie and Colleen Howe Fund for Dementia Research will build on Baycrest’s strengths by bolstering our clinical and research teams specializing in dementias such as Pick’s disease, a form of Frontotemperal Dementia that strikes people in mid-life. These patients are often still working and raising their children,” says Dr. Tiffany Chow, a neurologist and scientist at Baycrest’s Sam and Ida Ross Memory Clinic. “It is thanks to the extraordinary vision and determination of the Howe family that now even more patients and families living with dementia can benefit from the Baycrest Pro-Am Hockey Tournament.”

“Scotiabank is pleased to again support the Baycrest International Pro-Am Hockey Tournament through its presenting sponsorship of this exciting event,” says Chris Hodgson, Scotiabank Group Head, Canadian Banking. “As Canada’s Hockey Bank, we welcome the opportunity to be involved in an event that gives people a unique opportunity to enjoy the game with some of hockey’s biggest stars, and at the same time raise funds for an important cause. To that end, we are also very proud to announce a $10,000 donation to the Gordie and Colleen Howe Fund for Dementia Research.”

Mr. Howe will join a who’s who of NHL alumni including Wendel Clark, Paul Coffey, Doug Gilmour, Lanny McDonald, and Dale Hawerchuk in the 4th annual Baycrest International Pro-Am Hockey Tournament, the largest fundraiser of its kind in Canada and the ultimate three-day hockey experience for men and women, aged 25 and up. The tournament kicks off on Thursday, April 23, 2009 with an unforgettable Draft Party at Muzik Nightclub in Toronto. Each team will draft an NHL alumnus to play on their team throughout the tournament. Draft positions are determined by the total dollars teams raise. Last year, Wendel Clark went first to Team K.A.O.S., which raised over $120,000 in sponsorships.

The tournament takes place April 24th and 25th at Canlan Ice Sports, located on the York University campus in Toronto. To play, teams of 12 to 17 participants raise a minimum of $25,000 each in sponsorships. Last year, 50 teams raised a total of $2.5 million.

Individuals or businesses can support the Baycrest Pro-Am and research and care into Alzheimer’s and other dementias by sponsoring their favourite NHL alumnus, Baycrest Pro-Am player or team. Sponsors who make contributions of $100 or more are entitled to complimentary entrance passes. Donations can also be made to the Gordie and Colleen Howe Fund for Dementia Research.

About Baycrest

Baycrest is one of the world’s top memory and aging academic health science centres committed to transforming the way people age. To find out more, visit www.baycrest.org

About Scotiabank

As the Official Bank of the NHL, NHLPA, NHL Alumni and the CWHL, we are very proud to be Canada’s Hockey Bank. Scotiabank has a long tradition of supporting hockey in Canada from local teams and minor hockey associations to professional players and leagues. Through its partnerships, Scotiabank’s hockey programs enrich the communities where Canadians live and work by engaging fans and players in new ways to celebrate our game. Scotiabank supports the passion and pride Canadians feel for hockey and believes it is fundamental to helping young people learn about teamwork, camaraderie and the spirit of competition. Scotiabank also has partnerships with the Calgary Flames and the Ottawa Senators whose home arena is Scotiabank Place. For more information on Scotiabank’s hockey programs, visit www.scotiahockey.com/

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2008 the Bank provided about $43 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture. Visit Scotiabank at www.scotiabank.com/

For event details or to sponsor your favourite player or team, visit www.baycrestproam.com/

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