Mr. David Lucatch, President and CEO of Vau-net Corporation announced Monday that Valu-net’s subsidiary – Valu-net Telecommunications Inc. has been granted the exclusive rights to produce Prepaid Phone Cards for the 1998 Team Canada Men’s and Women’s Olympic Hockey Teams.
Valcom has concluded licensing agreements with the National Hockey League Players’ Association , Canadian Hockey and the Stentor Alliance (BCTEL, Bell Canada, Island Tel, Manitoba Telecom Services, Maritime Tel & Tel, NBTel, NewTel Communications, NorthwesTel, QuebecTel, SaskTel and TELUS), a licensee of the Canadian Olympic Association. Valcom will produce, market and sell, on an exclusive basis, Prepaid Phone Cards bearing the images and autographs of Canada Men’s and Women’s Olympic Hockey Teams representing Canada at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. The cards will also bear the Canadian Olympic Association Logo.
This will be the first time in Olympic history that professional hockey players from the National Hockey League will have the opportunity to represent their respective countries at the Olympic Winter Games. No other Team Canada Olympic Hockey phone cards bearing the images and signatures of Canadian Hockey and NHLPA members will be available in Canada. Valcom, with the CHA, will also produce a limited edition of phone cards of the World Champion Canadian Women’s Hockey Team.
Commencing the second week of December, 1997, Shoppers Drug Mart will distribute the retail version of the phone cards in more than 725 of their stores across Canada. Valcom is also negotiating similar distribution arrangements with other retailers. Exclusive Limited Edition Collector Sets will be available through sports memorabilia stores across Canada, as well as through direct marketing in all Canadian sports and hockey magazines and beginning December 1, 1997, over the Valu-net Hockey Internet site at www.vnhockey.com
Valcom has arranged Internet links with the National Hockey League (NHL), The Hockey News, Canadian Hockey, The NHLPA and other high profile sports sites in order to increase the number of visitors to , and will be deploying Valu-net’s Electronic Commerce Solutions to facilitate Internet based sales. Valcom is also negotiating to have an ongoing sports feed available to visitors. Beginning in January, visitors to the site will be able to chat over the Internet with professional hockey players and play custom, built, interactive games.
“Valu-net is pleased to be part of this historic event and will actively promote Electronic Commerce over the Internet with this product group”, said David Lucatch, President & CEO, Valu-net Corporation.
“The NHLPA is proud to be part of this exciting program,” commented Ken Kim, Marketing Manager, NHLPA.
“Canadian Hockey is excited about this historical launch of the 1998 Team Canada Olympic Hockey phone card series,” comments Bob Nicholson, Vice President, CHA. “This is one of the excellent Team Canada ’98 promotional programs that Canadian Hockey is a partner in.”
“As an Official Sponsor of the Canadian Olympic Team, we are extreme pleased that Valu-net has developed this project,” said Andre Jerome, Strategist for Stentor’s Prepaid Long Distance. “Combining the technology of Stentor’s prepaid phone cards with a project as worthwhile as supporting Canada’s Olympic athletes is a great initiative.”
Valu-net Corporation, with operations in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia, is a marketing and technology company specializing in Electronic Marketing Solutions, Integrated Retail and Business strategies and Electronic Commerce and Transaction technologies. Valu-net provides complete turnkey, proprietary cybersolutions for business. Valu-net’s strategic partners provide complete hardware, custom technology, software and fulfilment services.
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