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Hydro One and Aamjiwnaang First Nation mark the 50-day countdown to the 2019 Little Native Hockey League tournament, the largest Indigenous hockey tournament in Ontario

Jan 17, 2019

SARNIA, ON, Jan., 17, 2019 /CNW/ - Today, Hydro One announced it is returning as the presenting sponsor of the 48th Little Native Hockey League tournament. To mark the 50-day countdown to the tournament, Hydro One joined the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and players of the Little Native Hockey League for a kick-off game of shinny at the Sarnia Arena. The 48th annual tournament will take place in Mississauga from March 11 – 14 and is expected to be the largest in the organization's history, with over 2,500 competitors from Indigenous communities in Ontario participating.

Hydro One and Aamjiwnaang First Nation mark the 50-day countdown to the 2019 Little Native Hockey League tournament, the largest Indigenous hockey tournament in Ontario. 
Mike Bradley –  Mayor of Sarnia,
Kyle Jackson – Athlete, Rochester Knighthawks
Chico Ralf  – Vice-President of LNHL
Marian Jacko  –  President of LNHL
Derek Chum  – Vice President Indigenous Relations Hydro One
Chief Christopher Plain – Aamjiwnaang First Nation
Alyssa Alton  –  JR. Miss Aamjiwnaang,
Elder Mike Plain – Aamjiwnaang First Nation
Jamie Maness – Aamjiwnaang First Nation, LNHL Coordinator
Jason Simon – Former NHL and LNHL player
Julius Sinopole –LNHL player
Darrus Sinopole – LNHL player;
Puck Drop L-R:
Fielder Snake, Xavier Rogers-Hare, Kenny Plain – LNHL player (CNW Group/Hydro One Inc.)

"Sport is transformational because it requires leadership, teamwork and builds confidence," said Derek Chum, Vice President, Indigenous Relations, Hydro One. "As this year's presenting sponsor, Hydro One is proud to once again support an Indigenous-led event that offers young players a safe place to play and memories that will last a lifetime."

"On behalf of the LNHL Executive Committee, we are very excited to work alongside the host community of Aamjiwnaang First Nation for the upcoming 2019 Little NHL which promises to be the best hockey tournament in Ontario! Over the years, the Little NHL has grown from a mere 30 teams in 1971 to over 200 teams. In many of the communities, Little NHL is a hallmark hockey event for all players, parents, family and community members to participate in and take pride in our children and young people," said Marian Jacko, President of the Little Native Hockey League's Executive Committee. "It is an opportunity for everyone to come together to promote the Little NHL's four pillars of respect, citizenship, sportsmanship and education, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the opening ceremonies."

"Aamjiwnaang First Nation is proud to host the 48th Annual Little NHL Hockey Tournament in Mississauga on March 10-14, 2019. With more than 200 teams expected from First Nations across Ontario, this tournament continues to provide Indigenous youth the opportunity to come together to represent their communities and showcase their hockey skills," said Chief Chris Plain, Aamjiwnaang First Nation. "The Little NHL tournament has become a tradition for First Nation communities in Ontario, and Aamjiwnaang is pleased to work with generous sponsors such as Hydro One to ensure the tradition continues to be passed down to future generations."

To mark the 50-day countdown, Hydro One is launching a "Win As One Team" contest, which will allow participants to share their team spirit and excitement about the upcoming tournament for a chance to win new hockey sticks. Participants can enter online and share their entry on social media. More information about the contest can be found at:

Hydro One serves 88 First Nations communities in Ontario, including 15 remote First Nations communities across Northern Ontario.

About Hydro One Inc.:

Hydro One Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of Hydro One Limited, Ontario's largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with more than 1.3 million valued customers, $25 billion in assets and 2017 annual revenues of nearly $6 billion. Our team of over 7,400 skilled and dedicated regular and non-regular employees proudly and safely serves suburban, rural and remote communities across Ontario through our 30,000 circuit km of high-voltage transmission and 123,000 circuit km of primary distribution networks. We are one of only six utility companies in Canada to achieve the Sustainable Electricity Company designation from the Canadian Electricity Association. We also provide advanced broadband telecommunications services on a wholesale basis utilizing our extensive fibre optic network. Hydro One Limited's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: H).

SOURCE Hydro One Inc.

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