HOCKEY CANADA SPRING CONGRESS BEGINS THURSDAY IN TORONTO, ONT.

TORONTO, Ont. – Several initiatives related to the safety, growth and development of hockey across the country will be discussed during Hockey Canada Spring Congress, which runs from Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, May 31 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto.

Under Hockey Canada’s new governance structure, Spring Congress replaces the annual general meeting, which was previously held in late May. The AGM now takes place in conjunction with Fall Congress in November.

More than 250 representatives from regional and provincial hockey associations will gather in Toronto for Spring Congress, with the Hockey Canada Board of Directors to be joined by Life Patrons and partner organizations, as well as councils that oversee female hockey, junior hockey, minor hockey, senior hockey and hockey development. These representatives come together to set Hockey Canada’s direction and help the growth of the game.

Hockey Canada Spring Congress will address topics that include player recruitment and retention, technology, e-learning, player safety, national championship hosting, council reports and regulation changes.

Hockey Canada’s 2015 awards banquet is set for the evening of Friday, May 29, when eight deserving recipients will be honoured in different categories for their contributions and commitment to hockey in Canada.

The Spring Congress also marks the end of Hockey Canada’s 100th anniversary celebrations. For the last year, Hockey Canada has taken the game to Canadians from coast to coast to coast, celebrating hockey and those who make it happen in every corner of the country.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Please contact Francis Dupont at fdupont@hockeycanada.ca or 587-999-5681 to attend any of the Saturday plenary sessions, or to interview delegates during Spring Congress.

For more information on Hockey Canada, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, or follow through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hockeycanada.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Francis Dupont                        Morgan Bell                                      Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications        Coordinator, Media Relations        Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada                        Hockey Canada                                Hockey Canada
(587) 999-5681                       (403) 669-1261                                (403) 519-5754
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca    mbell@hockeycanada.ca          emadziya@hockeycanada.ca