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Canadian Hockey League (CHL) welcomes Kia Canada as new Partner to Drive Canada’s national past-time

QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 3, 2018 /CNW/ – The Canadian Hockey League in association with Kia Canada Inc. are proud to announce a new partnership whereby Kia Canada becomes the Official Automotive Partner of the Canadian Hockey League, Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, as well as new presenting sponsor of the Memorial Cup.

Halifax Memorial Cup 2019

The new partnership officially launches today with media events in Quebec City and Calgary where the logo for the 2019 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia was unveiled and the host city for the 2020 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia was announced as Kelowna, British Columbia.

“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League it is my pleasure to welcome Kia Canada to the CHL family,” said CHL President David Branch. “We are excited to work together to align our goals and build a strong partnership that includes creating a unique and memorable experience at our distinguished national championship. We look forward to the Memorial Cup Presented by Kia in Halifax this May, and our 2020 event in Western Canada.”

The Memorial Cup has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America. The trophy was originally known as the OHA Memorial Cup and was donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in March, 1919, in remembrance of the many soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice for Canada in the First Wold War. In 2010 the Memorial Cup was rededicated to the memory of all fallen Canadian Military Personnel. Last season marked the centennial celebration of the Memorial Cup where it was presented for the 100th time to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in Regina. The 2019 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia will feature the host Halifax Mooseheads along with the champions from the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL competing May 16-26.

“At Kia, we believe in the power that sports have to bring people and communities together so, as we enter our 20th year in Canada, we are proud to be a new partner of the Canadian Hockey League – the highest junior echelon of Canada’s favourite sport,” said Michael Kopke, Director of Marketing, Kia Canada Inc. “With our industry-leading quality and advanced safety and technology features, Kia’s lineup is a great fit for the CHL and Canadian hockey families wanting to stay safe and warm on their way to the rink; and everyone at Kia will be working hard to drive our national past-time and working within communities across the country to provide more opportunities for Canadians to watch, play and love the sport of hockey.”

Kia Canada will also have the opportunity to engage with CHL fans and communities across the country as an associate partner of the CIBC Canada Russia Series and the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Throughout the regular season, they will help spotlight some of the league’s best teams with feature content and title sponsorship of the CHL’s popular weekly top-10 rankings, and then join each regional league as a playoff partner during the stretch drive towards the Memorial Cup Presented by Kia. With commitment to community top of mind, Kia Canada will also present Humanitarian of the Year awards in all three leagues and to a national recipient at the annual CHL Awards Ceremony.

About Kia Canada Inc.

Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.cawww.facebook.com/kiacanada), a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) which was founded in 1999 and sells and services high quality, class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte, Optima and Sorento through a network of 192 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 154 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and three regional offices across Canada, including a state-of-the-art facility in Montreal. Kia’s brand slogan “The Power to Surprise” represents the company’s global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting & inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

SOURCE Kia Canada Inc.

For more information about Kia Canada and our products, please visit our Media Centre at KiaMedia.ca or contact:

Mark James
Corporate Communications Manager
Kia Canada Inc.
T: 905-755-6251
E: mjames@kia.ca

2018 Discover Kia Maritime Street Stock Showdown Purse Released

Event Release

The Discover KIA Maritime Street Stock Showdown will see $5,550 awarded in Purse Payouts and $1850 in Awards on Saturday, June 23rd at Oyster Bed Speedway in the 100 lap shootout of the Maritimes top street stock cars. Drivers will also receive free bridge toll passes, free ferry passes plus $25 of free fuel, an additional value of $3,000 committed to the race. In total a commitment of $10,400 is being put forth for the second running of the event.

Drivers are reminded that pre –registration ends on June 16th in order to receive any of the perks noted above. Pre – registration includes a signed registration form and payment received before June 16th. Any driver registering after this period will not receive the value added incentives. Drivers can find the registration form, rules and contact information on the website www.streetstockshowdown.com.

Friday evening from 6-9pm there will be a street stock practice only. The race begins at 5pm with time trials to set the top 4 positions, position #5 goes to Brunswick 100 winner Alex Sheehan. The remainder of the field will be set based on qualifying heats. Rain date is Sunday at 2pm.

Event Organizer Tom Nicholls commented “The event has blossomed into another marquee race day and night in the Maritime racing scene. We have some new sponsors involved this year and I was able to retain most of the sponsors from the inaugural event in 2017. I am still waiting to hear back from the final sponsor to pay for each driver’s admission, if it happens then their pit admission fee of $20 will be covered. ”

There are 18 sponsors involved in the awards for the race and 51 who have purchased anywhere from 1- 5 laps for the 100 lap sponsorships. “The event is a lot of work, it started before last Christmas and is a lot of foot work, knocking on doors, calling people, and you name it in order to get things put in place”.

It is something Nicholls is all too familiar with looking at his resume as a Masters Graduate in Sports Management. He has been involved in hundreds of events. The number, well as he stated “ It’s hard to say with owning an RV Park for 15 years it was like having daily events for kids and weekend events for your patrons over the 15 seasons” . The Park grew in to the point under his management and that of his family where it was recognized from 2010 to 2012 as one of the Top 100 Parks in North America.

He has put on countless powerlifting events since 1997 including hosting the 1999 and 2011 Canadian Championships. Add to his resume managing Old Home Week, the Islands Provincial exhibition to the Regional Fair of the Year Award in 1998 and prior to this seven years of business operations experience in the professional hockey industry at the NHL, AHL and OHL levels.

“Racing is very busy for me, along with hustling for sponsorships for the race; I also have 2 street stock cars that I also work on for my BPMS street stock racing team that involves looking for corporate sponsorship partners as well”.

He added, “It will be one exciting night of racing. It is one of the best classes of stock car racing with hard-nosed, door to door racing in the Maritimes. Our major sponsor Discover Kia will have their award winning line up of KIA vehicles on display and on track during the autograph session with the drivers. The kids will be entertained with face painting, balloons and some treats upon entering the facility. It is a family oriented event with all kids under 15 getting into the event free of charge, making it the best value out there for a night of entertainment. The Oyster Bed Speedway’s portion of the 50-50 ticket sales proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Ward at the QEH”.

The Purse Payout for the Race is as follows:

PAYOUT PURSE DISTRIBUTION:

  • CHAMPION – $1,500
  • 2ND – $750
  • 3RD- $600
  • 4TH- $500
  • 5TH- $400
  • 6TH– $250
  • 7TH- $175
  • 8TH – $150
  • 9TH– $125
  • 10TH- $100
  • 11TH- 30TH Place – $50 each

The following is a breakdown of the sponsors for the race event and the lap sponsors:

EVENT SPONSORS

  • Major Sponsor – Discover KIA Charlottetown
  • Fuel Sponsor – $25 Free Fuel from Oyster Bed Esso, PEI for each Driver.
  • Bridge Passes Sponsor – Johnston’s Enterprises – Winsloe & West Royalty Irving’s, PEI – Free For the First 20 Off – Island Cars to Register.
  • Ferry Passes Sponsor – Kris Fournier Remax Charlottetown, PEI – Free For the First 5 Cars Registered from NS.
  • Pole Award Sponsor – Phillips Auto Sales, PEI – $100 Cash Award
  • Heat Race Sponsor – Tucker Racing Products, NB, Complimentary Gift, Approximate Value of over $250
  • Heat Race Sponsor – MacLean Performance, PEI, Complimentary Gift, Approximate Value of over $250
  • Heat Race Sponsor – Carquest Charlottetown, PEI, Complimentary Gift, Approximate Value of over $250
  • Lap 50 Half Way Award Sponsor – Central Engine Services, PEI, $250 Cash Award
  • Lap 70 Award Sponsor – Big Mommas Pit Stop, PEI, $250 Cash Award
  • Hard Charger Award Sponsor – Grass Cutters Lawn Mowing, PEI, $100 Cash Award
  • Most Laps Led Award Sponsor – O’Connor Glass, PEI, $100 Cash Award
  • Top Finishing PEI Driver Sponsor – Kris Fournier Remax Charlottetown, PEI, $100 Cash Award
  • Top Finishing NB Driver Sponsor – Quality Pools, NB, $100 Cash Award
  • Top Finishing NS Driver – R&D Performance, NS, $100 Cash Award
  • Contributing Sponsors: Peake & McInnis Insurance, Sign Craft, City of Charlottetown.

LAP SPONSORS

  • Chase Walkelin (in Memory of ), PEI
  • Miramichi Racing Radio, NB
  • SnowStorm Racing, PEI
  • Big Mommas Pit Stop, PEI
  • Joe Doucette (in honor of the Legend lap #28), PEI
  • Willie Paynter (in Memory of), PEI
  • Marven Palmer (in Memory of), PEI
  • Peake & McInnis Insurance, PEI
  • Sign Craft, PEI
  • Chucker’s Trophies & Awards, PEI
  • Speedway Miramichi, NB
  • Bevan Enterprise Apartment Rentals, PEI
  • Murray Rusk, PEI
  • LeBow Holdings, PEI
  • Stephen Pond, NB
  • Feasible Fuels, PEI
  • Hickox Service Centre, PEI
  • Kevin Quinn Remax Charlottetown, PEI
  • Thruway Muffler, PEI
  • John MacEachern, NS
  • Jeff Newson Coldwell Banker Parker Realty, PEI
  • JD Backhoeing, PEI
  • Quality Pools, NB
  • Dalziel’s Auto Body, PEI
  • Creative Auto & Upholstery, PEI
  • Shine Depot, PEI
  • Gaudet’s Auto Body, PEI
  • Stewart Racing, PEI
  • Tim Myers Excavation, PEI
  • Just Joes Automotive, PEI
  • Collings Timber Mart, PEI
  • Chris O’Rourke, PEI
  • Ford Electric, PEI
  • Chris Bobcat Service, PEI
  • Robbie Maclean Exit Realty, PEI
  • Charlottetown Bottle & Metal, PEI
  • The Nicholls Group, NB
  • E. Matheson Construction, PEI
  • Double M Construction, PEI
  • MacKinnon Bros Service Centre, PEI
  • Shaw’s Towing, PEI
  • R & D Performance, NS
  • TG Welding, PEI
  • Snow Motor Sports, PEI
  • Michele Madore, Scotia Wealth Management, NB
  • Lomar MacDonald Inc., PEI
  • Danny Darrach, PEI
  • Dulux Paints, NS
  • Bolger Motorsports Kawasaki, PEI
  • Dave’s Snowmobile Repair(DSR), PEI
  • O’Connor Glass, PEI

MSSS 100 Lap Feature Race Set For Oyster Bed Speedway

For Immediate Release
February 1, 2018.

Charlottetown, PE. BPMS is pleased to announce that the second running of the Discover KIA Maritime Street Stock Showdown will take place at Oyster Bed Speedway on Saturday, June 23rd. The rain date is Sunday.

The inaugural event held in 2017 was won by PEI Driver of the #27 car Nick Chiasson. Twenty nine cars from across the Maritimes competed in the 100 lap showdown. For his win, Chiasson took home a cheque for $1500.00.

BPMS Owner and Race Promoter, Tom Nicholls stated “I am thrilled to be able to host this event at Oyster Bed Speedway in co-operation with Track Ownership and to have Kent and his staff from Discover KIA return as the Title Sponsor. We are hoping for even more cars to come to the race this year”. He noted ”The street stock class is very popular and we are seeing more big lap events each year and the importance and trust in working together with all tracks is what makes it work for this event on PEI.”

Discover KIA General Manager/Dealer Partner Kent MacLeod stated “We were so encouraged by the wonderful reception from the racing community to the inaugural Maritime Street Stock Showdown that we just had to make sure we returned for year two. Our entire team is tremendously excited for, and quite honoured by the opportunity to be a part of another incredible event this June at Oyster Bed Speedway!”

This year Nicholls and OBS Management want to add the bandelero’s to the race evening. He noted that this group will need to contact OBS management to be placed on the race card. “ We are welcoming the bandelero`s to come and be a part of this night. It is a good fit as it is a family driven event where the track is offering free admission to all kids under 15 years old. Hopefully the younger kids will want to become racers after watching the bandelero`s“.

Work already started on this year’s edition of the race. A few items of note have changed “We are not capping the event and we are leaving the date for registering open to one week prior to the event or June 16th. However as details get firmed up there will be certain benefits to those that register early“ commented Nicholls.

Efforts are underway for the arrangement of driver’s benefits, the selling of lap sponsorships and determining the total purse payout. The winner will receive $1,500.00. Further details will be released in the future. The website for the event is www.streetstockshowdown.com. Event Registration begins today.

About KIA:
“KIA has very recently become the first non-premium brand ever to earn top ranking in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study for the second consecutive year!”

“In 2017, KIA posted the lowest number of problems in the last 20 years of the J.D. Power study with five Kia vehicles – the most of any nameplate – earning IQS segment awards!”

“2017 was another great year for Kia Canada with strong sales and a number of accolades and awards, most notably being ranked number one for the second consecutive year in the auto industry for Initial Quality (IQS) by J.D. Power”

“KIA’s Soul, Forte, Cadenza, Niro and Sorento topped their respective categories, with the Cadenza achieving the lowest average number of problems among all models ranked in the 2017 edition of the Initial Quality study!”