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NHL awards $5000 to local youth hockey organization

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
NEW YORK (September 24, 2001) -- The National Hockey League today announced that local area youth hockey program White River Minor Hockey Association has been awarded a $5,000 NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. grant (USD) in recognition of the program's work with youngsters interested in participating in ice hockey.

Since NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. was established in 1997 to Assist Skaters and Shooters In Succeeding Together, 62 youth hockey programs from around the globe have received a total of $500,000 (USD) in financial support. Programs that have benefited from NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. grants in the past provide evidence of hockey's international scope, hailing from countries such as China, Mongolia, Slovakia, Russia, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Romania, South Africa, the Ukraine and New Zealand, among others. A total of $100,000 (USD) in grants is awarded annually to defray costs directly associated with the purchase of equipment, rental of ice time and travel to competitions.

  Located in "the coldest spot in Canada," the White River Minor Hockey Association boasts 73 participants ranging in age from five to 15 years old in the small Northern Ontario community of approximately 1,000. White River Minor Hockey provides the opportunity for every child in the community to play hockey. Equipment and transportation to practices and tournaments are provided to the economically disadvantaged. The White River Minor Hockey Association will use the NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. grant to cover ice time expenses for the upcoming season.

NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. recipients were selected by a seven-person committee that awarded monies based on a program's needs and its players' community service. Special consideration was given to organizations that welcome the participation of girls, the economically disadvantaged and the physically challenged.

Members of the NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. Committee include Pat LaFontaine, five-time NHL All-Star and former NY Islander, Buffalo Sabre and NY Ranger and Bryan Berard, former Olympian (1998), NY Islander, Toronto Maple Leaf and Calder Trophy winner as Rookie of the Year in 1997. Also on the committee are Bernadette Mansur, Group Vice President, Communications, NHL; Johnny Misley, Director of Development, Canadian Hockey Association; Bob Naegele III, Chairman, Athletica; Rae Briggle, Director, Member Services, USA Hockey; and Dave Fitzpatrick, Assistant General Secretary & Sport Director, International Ice Hockey Federation.

Applications for the 2002 NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. grant will be available in January, 2002. Youth hockey organizations interested in a 2002 NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. grant application should call 1-888-NHL-ASSIST or send an e-mail to
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