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Prince Edward Island's Eliot River Ramblers Recognized as BMO Team of the Week

- Ramblers the ninth team vying to win 2012 BMO Team of the Week Championship, which includes a $125,000 prize towards a field refurbishment

- Team planning to volunteer as grocery packers to raise money for the Food Bank



ELIOT RIVER, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - June 13, 2012) -

Editors note: There is one photo associated with this press release.

BMO Financial Group announced today that the Eliot River Ramblers, a group of U-12 girls from Eliot River, Prince Edward Island, have been selected as the ninth BMO Team of the Week for 2012. As part of BMO's Canada-wide grassroots soccer program, the win comes with a $500 team prize, a $500 donation to the team's charity of choice, plus BMO Team of the Week tracksuits for the entire team.

"These girls have a great passion and commitment for soccer and believe in giving back to other players in our community," said Coach Janos Barna. "This year, they are helping train a group of young girls and show them how with hard work, dedication and passion, they can achieve any goal."

The BMO program is now past the halfway point with nine weekly winners so far. Six more youth soccer teams (age 7-12) will be awarded BMO Team of the Week based on team pride, team spirit, community commitment and passion for the game. The fifteen finalists will then vie for the grand prize which will be decided by the Canadian public. Online voting begins August 13th.

"This team has focused on developing as players," said Allison Hakomaki, District Vice President, New Brunswick and P.E.I., BMO Bank of Montreal,. "The Ramblers focus on healthy eating and nutrition, as well as recognizing the strengths in each other - all in an effort to grow as a team. I commend the Ramblers and congratulate them on a well-deserved title!"

The Eliot River Ramblers' full team profile can be viewed at www.BMOsoccer.com.

About BMO Team of the Week

BMO Team of the Week is Canada's premier sport celebration at the grassroots level, engaging a nation and inspiring communities by recognizing youth soccer teams who demonstrate team pride, team spirit, community commitment and passion for the game. Fifteen weekly winners will be named BMO Team of the Week and entered for a chance to be voted by Canadians as BMO Team of the Week 2012 Champion. The grand prize includes a $125,000 refurbishment of their community soccer field, a road trip to a Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Montreal Impact FC, or Canadian National Team home game, plus a $5,000 donation to the team's charity of choice.

Internet: www.BMOsoccer.com

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Krysta Cooke, Toronto
(416) 867-3996
krysta.cooke@bmo.com

Ronald Monet, Montreal
(514) 877-1873
ronald.monet@bmo.com

Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596
laurie.grant@bmo.com