Markham, Ontario – Hyundai Auto Canada is donating seven Tucson vehicles to be raffled in seven cities across Canada to support local hockey programs. The Hyundai Hockey Nation tour, which will stop in each of the cities, includes clinics led by high-profile coaches and talent to help children develop better hockey skills, along with a community festival with games, prizes and entertainment.

“As any parent of a hockey player knows, fundraising is a big part of minor hockey,” said John Vernile, vice-president of marketing at Hyundai Canada. “With plenty of cargo room and seating for five, the Tucson is the perfect vehicle for hockey families. So we thought offering up a vehicle in each of the seven cities would be a great way to ease some of that burden felt by parents and teams.”

All funds raised by the community in the raffle will be kept within the community to support minor hockey and local hockey programs. The Hyundai Hockey Nation tour will reach the following cities and arenas:

Vancouver (Dec 3-5) – Langley Event Centre
Edmonton (Dec 10-12) – West Edmonton Mall
Calgary (Dec 17-19) – Cardel Place
Ottawa/Kanata (Jan 7-9, 2011) – Sensplex
Montreal (Jan 14-16) – Dollard-des-Ormeaux Arena
Toronto (Jan 21-23) – Mastercard Centre
Halifax (Jan 28-30) – Cole Harbour Place

The tour events will start on Friday nights with a coaching symposium, while Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for player clinics. A community festival also takes place at each location over each weekend. To enroll a player or register for the coaching symposium, visit Hockey Nation.

During the community festivals, Hyundai will be hosting on-site vehicle test drives. The company will donate an additional $10 in support of local minor hockey initiatives for every vehicle test-driven at the festival.

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