TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 19, 2013) - Hockey fans in Toronto will be excited to learn that the 2013 Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's has added even more talent to its already impressive roster. With legendary NHL® greats Curtis Joseph, Wendel Clarke, Doug Gilmour, Gary Roberts, Marty McSorley, Paul Coffey, Gary Leeman, Dennis Maruk, Mike Krushelnyski, Tom Gilbert, Mark Napier, Kevin Maguire and Dave McLlwain already onboard, announced today were celebrated NHL® alumni Marcel Dionne, Theo Fleury and Tim Taylor. Eager to join the fight against Alzheimer's, these hockey legends will be lacing up May 2-4 at York University's Canlan Ice Sports to participate in the 8th annual tournament for the first time.
"This is shaping up to be our most exciting tournament yet," said Danny McNair, Events Manager, The Baycrest Foundation. "The Toronto community has always been overwhelmingly supportive of this event, and we couldn't be more appreciative. With our incredible roster this year, Toronto hockey fans are in for an unforgettable weekend."
"To receive such a warm welcome for my first year in Toronto is pretty incredible," said Theo Fleury, NHL® alumnus. "Being able to do what I love in support of such an amazing cause makes me feel very lucky and I'm definitely looking forward to the tournament."
The Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's is a unique fundraising initiative that provides amateur hockey players the opportunity to play alongside NHL® alumni while raising crucial funds in support of Alzheimer's research, education and care at Baycrest Health Sciences. To participate, teams must raise a minimum of $25,000. NHL® alumni are then drafted for the tournament based on a team's total amount raised.
"Scotiabank is delighted to be involved in an event that gives hockey lovers an amazing opportunity to play the game with some of hockey's biggest stars while raising funds for a cause that impacts so many people and their families," said Rob Mattacott, Scotiabank's District Vice President, Toronto Region. "Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimers is such a special event for us because we get to bring our love of hockey together with our commitment to giving back to the community."
With more than $20 million raised in its 8-year history, the weekend-long tournament secures critical funds for Alzheimer's research at Baycrest, a global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging brain health. An academic health science center fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest is at the forefront of cognitive neuroscience research aimed at preventing and controlling brain-related illnesses. The tournament is directly supported by Gordie Howe, who has been deeply involved in the fight against Alzheimer's since losing wife Colleen in 2009 to Pick's disease, a form of dementia.
For more information on the 2013 Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's, to register a team or for a full list of participating NHL® alumni please visit www.scotiabankproam.com.
About the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's
Established in 2006, the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's is an innovative charitable hockey tournament that supports care and research in Alzheimer's and related dementias. Taking place in Toronto, May 2-4, the three-day hockey experience allows amateur hockey players the opportunity to play with and against a host of NHL® alumni. To date, the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's has raised more than $20 million for Alzheimer's care and research at Baycrest Health Sciences - a global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging and brain health. Follow the excitement on Twitter at @ScotiabankProAm (#scotiaproam) and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ScotiabankProAm or visit www.scotiabankproam.com to register.
About Baycrest Health Sciences
Baycrest is a global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging brain health. Headquartered on a 22-acre campus in Toronto and fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest provides care to more than 2,500 frail and active seniors every day in outpatient and inpatient programs and residential settings. Baycrest's Centre for Memory and Neurotherapeutics offers clinical and educational programs for memory, dementia and related disorders. Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute is one of the top five brain institutes in the world, leading groundbreaking research to understand the mechanisms of memory and executive functions of the brain, in normal aging and in the presence of dementia, Alzheimer's, stroke and other conditions and diseases. For more information visit www.Baycrest.org.
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