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January 8, 2014

For immediate release


CALGARY, ALTA - Hockey Calgary and Imperial Oil are pleased to announce the kick off to the 44th annual Esso Minor Hockey Week. The opening ceremonies will take place on Friday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crowchild Twin Arenas, Arena Blue.

"This year we celebrate 35 years with Esso. Imperial Oil continues to support minor hockey in our City and we are thankful to have such a great community partner,” said Kevin Kobelka, Executive Director, Hockey Calgary. “To kids in Calgary, Esso Minor Hockey Week is the Stanley Cup of tournaments and we wish everyone involved a safe and fun week.”

The opening ceremonies will see some of Calgary's favourite mascots, Calgary Flames Ice Crew and over 50 minor hockey kids.

What: Esso Minor Hockey Week Opening Ceremonies
When: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014
Where: Crowchild Twin Arenas, Arena Blue (185 Scenic Acres Dr. NW)
Time: 6:30 p.m. (puck drop at 6:45 p.m.)
In Attendance: Hockey Calgary Executive Director, Kevin Kobelka
Imperial Oil Sponsorship Advisor, Karen Fraser
Representatives from different categories and divisions (over 50 kids)
Game following the ceremony: Novice North Division 4 (Bow River vs Crowfoot)

Esso Minor Hockey Week is the largest minor hockey tournament in the world, seeing over 11,000 kids, 656 teams, 927 games, 2,600 coaches and 4,000 volunteers throughout the week. This year Esso Minor Hockey Week is taking place between Jan. 10 – Jan. 18, 2014.

“The Esso brand is proud of its longstanding association with Esso Minor Hockey Week, one of Calgary’s great annual traditions,” said Karen Fraser, Sponsorship Advisor, Imperial Oil.  “No other event better exemplifies the spirit of community coming together to support youth and minor hockey. On behalf of Imperial Oil, we salute Hockey Calgary, the many volunteers and officials, and all the enthusiastic parents and participants who are key to making Esso Minor Hockey Week a success.”

Hockey Calgary is pleased to have Imperial Oil, the Calgary Flames, Calgary Hitmen, ATB Financial and Lifetouch Sports Photography as partners for this year’s Esso Minor Hockey Week.

Esso Minor Hockey Week creates friendly competition throughout the entire city and we want YOU to be a part of it. Please visit the Hockey Calgary website at for the full schedule.

For more information, please contact

Christina Rogers
Manager, Communications, Marketing and Events
Hockey Calgary
Office: (403) 245-5773 ext. 203
Cell: (403) 354-4407

Registration for representing your division at the 2014 Esso Minor Hockey Week Opening Ceremonies is now OPEN online. We would like all 70 divisions to be there, please spread the word and sign up as soon as possible. 

We are looking for volunteers to help us organize players for presentations at the 2014 Opening Ceremonies. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Lisa Rosengarten, Coordinator, Communications & Events via e-mail with your name and contact information.  

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you there.

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