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Iginla, Modano, Sydor and others lace up for Brad May and Friends Hockey Challenge

Brad May announced today that more than twelve new NHL hockey players, including Jarome Iginla of Calgary and Mike Modano of Dallas, will join the line-up for the Brad May and Friends Hockey Challenge. The presenting sponsor, Bell Canada, will broadcast the game live on Bell ExpressVu for subscribers and webcast the game live on Sympatico.MSN.ca . Jim Hughson will host the simulcast with John Shorthouse and Joey Kenward providing the play-by-play.

Bell Canada to simulcast sold-out game, hosted by Jim Hughson, on Bell ExpressVu and Sympatico.MSN.ca VANCOUVER,Dec. 1 2004 -- Brad May announced today that more than twelve new NHL hockey players, including Jarome Iginla of Calgary and Mike Modano of Dallas, will join the line-up for the Brad May and Friends Hockey Challenge. The presenting sponsor, Bell Canada, will broadcast the game live on Bell ExpressVu for subscribers and webcast the game live on Sympatico.MSN.ca . Jim Hughson will host the simulcast with John Shorthouse and Joey Kenward providing the play-by-play. "The response from the NHL and WHL guys, our corporate sponsors, and the fans has been overwhelming," said Brad May. "The twelve new players added to our roster will make for some fun hockey. With Jim Hughson hosting the action live on Bell ExpressVu and on Sympatico.msn.ca, I hope that hockey fans across the country will tune in to watch great hockey." The Brad May and Friends Challenge is a charity hockey game featuring current NHL athletes and the Vancouver Giants Junior hockey team. The game, which is sold out, will take place at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 12. Fans can watch the game live and free of charge to Bell ExpressVu subscribers on channel 352 or via Bell's web portal at Sympatico.MSN.ca . This event marks the first time a hockey game has been simulcast on television, and on the web. "As the presenting sponsor of the Brad May and Friends Hockey Challenge, all of us at Bell are extremely proud to make this game available free of charge to hockey fans from coast to coast, online at www.sympatico.MSN.ca , or on TV for Bell ExpressVu subscribers," said Paul Healey, President of Western Canada for Bell. "Bell supports Canuck Place and many other local charities, and we hope the viewers will join us in supporting these initiatives." Bell has committed to donate $50,000 to the hockey challenge. The event is expected to raise over $300,000 for the Canuck Place Children's Hospice and other local charities. Online donations can be made on Bell's web portal at www.sympatico.MSN.ca , on the Canuck Place website at www.canuckplace.com , or on the Vancouver Giants' website at www.vancouvergiants.com . "At the heart of our game is the goal to raise funds for local charities such as Canuck Place," added Brad May. "I encourage all the fans while they're watching the game to pledge their support." Additional NHL players confirmed to participate in the game are (in alphabetical order): - Eric Brewer of Edmonton - Shane Hnidy of Nashville - Georges Laraque of Edmonton - Marty Murray of Carolina - Tyson Nash of Phoenix - Chris Neil of Ottawa - Lyle Odelein of Florida - Fernando Pisani of Edmonton - Ryan Smyth of Edmonton - Jason Strudwick of Chicago - Darryl Sydor of Tampa Bay - Darcy Tucker of Toronto For further information: Joey Kenward, Vancouver Giants, (604) 718-7474, Cell: (604) 787-5203, jkenward@vancouvergiants.com; Gina Gottenberg, Bell Canada media relations, (604) 340-6192, gina.gottenberg@bell.ca


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