VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/11/13 -- Editors note: There are 15 photos associated with this press release.
Fifteen lucky fans from WHL teams are now eligible to win a trip to the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup, after being named the BMO Ultimate Fan for each of their respective teams.
The contests were held to celebrate BMO Financial Group's partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) as the official bank of the CHL. BMO Ultimate Fan Appreciation Nights were held in 15 hometowns of WHL teams.
Each team encouraged fans to attend a BMO Ultimate Fan Appreciation Night during their local WHL hockey game and dress up in their team's colours, jerseys and costumes. Participants were then entered into the BMO Ultimate Fan Contest for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (May 24-26, 2013).
In addition to being crowned the BMO Ultimate Fan for their team and getting the chance to win the grand prize, each winner received an autographed team jersey crested with 'BMO Ultimate Fan' and a $50 prepaid MasterCard.
"BMO is proud to support CHL communities across Canada, and it was a thrill for our local branches to recognize fans in 15 WHL hometowns," said Justine Fedak, Senior Vice-President, Branding, Advertising & Sponsorships, BMO Financial Group. "Congratulations and good luck to all of the BMO Ultimate Fan winners in the WHL. We look forward to giving one lucky fan from the WHL the ultimate fan experience at the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup!"
BMO Ultimate Fan Winners in the WHL are:
Will Medin, BMO Ultimate Red Deer Rebels FanVerna Shaver, BMO Ultimate Swift Current Broncos FanBlake McStravick, BMO Ultimate Victoria Royals FanChris Massini, BMO Ultimate Medicine Hat Tigers FanDebbie Clark, BMO Ultimate Kamloops Blazers FanOry Lavallee, BMO Ultimate Kootenay Ice FanMark Engen, BMO Ultimate Prince Albert Raiders FanGlen Bobyk, BMO Ultimate Brandon Wheat Kings FanBrendon Shannon, BMO Ultimate Kelowna Rockets FanJared Smith, BMO Ultimate Lethbridge Hurricanes FanTrevor Folliott, BMO Ultimate Moose Jaw Warriors FanAlison Giesinger, BMO Ultimate Regina Pats FanZada Gierl, BMO Ultimate Prince George Cougars FanCalvin Cameron, BMO Ultimate Saskatoon Blades FanAlex Malyuk, BMO Ultimate Vancouver Giants Fan
BMO and the Canadian Hockey League
BMO Financial Group is the official bank of the Canadian Hockey League, as well as its member leagues: the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The sponsorship builds on BMO's partnership with the CHL of more than 10 years and affirms BMO's exclusivity as a financial services sponsor of the league in the retail banking category. It also engrains a presence with the 46 teams who currently participate in the BMO CHL Affinity MasterCard program, which enables CHL fans to support their favourite teams through branded credit cards.
About BMO Financial Group
For more than 195 years, BMO Financial Group has believed in community reinvestment and corporate and social responsibility in the communities it serves. In 2012, BMO contributed more than $87.6 million in donations, sponsorships and events in Canada and the United States to groups, organizations and programs that help build and sustain resilient, vital and healthy communities.
About the Canadian Hockey League
The Canadian Hockey League is the world's largest development hockey league with 52 Canadian and eight American teams participating in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League. CHL players graduate from high school at a rate higher than the Canadian national average. Last season, more than nine million fans attended CHL games in the regular season, playoffs and at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League than any other league. Last season 636 graduates attended North American post-secondary institutions on scholarships from CHL teams.
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Red Deer: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20130207-BMOimage8LG.jpg
Swift Current: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20130207-BMOimage9LG.jpg
Prince George: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20130207-BMOimage12LG.jpg
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