|By Marketwired .||
|February 11, 2013 03:30 PM EST||
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/11/13 --
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Fourteen lucky fans from OHL teams across Ontario 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 14 hometowns of OHL teams.
Each team encouraged fans to attend a BMO Ultimate Fan Appreciation Night during their local OHL 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 14 OHL 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 OHL. We look forward to giving one lucky fan from the OHL the ultimate fan experience at the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup!"
BMO Ultimate Fan Winners in the OHL are:
Marissa Peacock, BMO Ultimate Barrie Colts Fan Dwayne Williams, BMO Ultimate Niagara IceDogs Fan Monica O'Neill, BMO Ultimate Kingston Frontenacs Fan Chris Martin, BMO Ultimate Mississauga Steelheads Fan Rob Freeman, BMO Ultimate London Knights Fan Wayne Taylor, BMO Ultimate Brampton Battalion Fan Matt Stewart, BMO Ultimate Guelph Storm Fan Judy Larabie, BMO Ultimate Ottawa 67's Fan Paul Deryaw, BMO Ultimate Belleville Bulls Fan Dick Tracey, BMO Ultimate Windsor Spitfires Fan Ray Weatherbee, BMO Ultimate Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Fan Jake Goselin, BMO Ultimate Peterborough Petes Fan Troy Bramley, BMO Ultimate Oshawa Generals Fan Doug Hill, BMO Ultimate Owen Sound Attack 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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