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Celebration of January’s NHL All-Star Game Includes $5,000 Check Presentation at January 25 Tampa Bay Lightning Game

(Pictured, from L to R: Steve Yzerman, Susan Szymula, Nick Szymula, Gary O'Neil, Jim Westlake)

(Pictured, from Left to Right: Steve Yzerman, Susan Szymula, Nick Szymula, Gary O'Neil, Jim Westlake)

Raleigh, N.C. – January 26, 2011 – RBC Bank is celebrating January’s NHL All-Star game being held this week in the bank’s headquarters city of Raleigh by investing in the future of the game of hockey in Tampa and beyond.

At Tuesday night’s Tampa Bay Lightning game, RBC Bank CEO Jim Westlake, in the company of Steve Yzerman, general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Steven Stamkos, a Tampa Bay Lighting player, presented a check on behalf of RBC Bank to benefit Tim’s Kids, a Rockledge organization that benefits area kids. Tim’s Kids is a part of the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative and supports hockey in Brevard County.

"We are thankful to RBC Bank for supporting Tim's Kids,” said Susan E. Szymula, president of Tim’s Kids, Inc. “This partnership will enable Tim's Kids to continue to expose the game of recreational ice hockey to a larger segment of our community.”

Tim’s Kids provides kids between the ages of 5-8 years old the opportunity to try the sport of ice hockey at little to no cost to their parents. Tim’s Kids Sled Hockey provides athletes with disabilities an opportunity to experience an adaptive form of the sport of ice hockey. Friend for Life provides a non-competitive cultural exchange with M&L Sports of Quebec, Canada. The exchange is inclusive of ice hockey players of any skill, gender or physical ability.

RBC Bank’s donation will:

  • Fund the purchase of four youth sleds for the disabled hockey program;
  • Provide Scholarships for five kids to play one season on a non-travel recreation league with the Brevard Amateur Ice Hockey Association;
  • Contribute toward the purchase of ice time for the international exchange program tournament in February 2011

“RBC Bank is proud to be associated with so many exciting aspects of the NHL All-Star weekend especially this year,” said Westlake. “As we at RBC Bank and our entire headquarters city celebrate the 2011 NHL All-Star game being held this year for the first time in Raleigh, we are particularly pleased to invest in the game in a way that will make a meaningful difference in many children’s lives in this community and others in the Southeast.”

The bank’s commitment to the sport has many facets; in addition to this local gift, RBC Bank also is making contributions to youth hockey organizations in Atlanta and Raleigh, bringing the bank’s All Star Week youth hockey donations in the Southeast to $27,000. Looking ahead, the bank, in conjunction with its corporate parent, RBC, has announced the RBC Play Hockey Grants program, a commitment to distribute $1 million in grants with a maximum award of $25,000 for each selected applicant organization to encourage support for increased participation in the game of hockey across North America.

About RBC Bank

RBC Bank, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., offers a wide range of financial services and advice to individuals, businesses and public institutions throughout the Southeast. RBC Bank’s network includes more than 420 full-service banking centers in six states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia), an extensive ATM network and telephone and online banking. RBC Bank is the 40th largest U.S. bank by consolidated assets, according to SNL Financial’s List of the Nation’s 50 Largest Banks, September 2010. RBC Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) (RY on the TSX and NYSE), Canada's largest and most stable bank as measured by assets and market capitalization. In August 2009, Global Finance Magazine ranked RBC as the safest bank in the Western Hemisphere. RBC is also one of the world's financial, social and environmental corporate leaders, having appeared on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index every year since its creation in 1999. Additional information about RBC Bank may be found at