The Big Save Contest from Scotiabank

Hey everyone, I wanted to let you know about a cool contest that is currently being run by Scotiabank. The contest is called the big save and it is open to all Canadian residents. The winner will get a trip to Whitehorse, Yukon Territories for their entire hockey team to participate in hockey day in Canada; I think that is pretty cool!

Purpose of the contest – Scotiabank wants to educate children on how to save money (an important lesson for people of all ages). In an effort to help children learn to save they have created a contest that pairs saving money with hockey. All a team has to do to enter the contest is make a pledge. The pledge states how much money they want to save, and what they are saving for. Some ideas could be something simple like a shooting tarp, pucks and pylons for the team to use in practice, or maybe a big goal like a trip for the team to go to the Hockey Hall of Fame!

Who can enter – Any team in Canada with kids between 7-16 can pledge to save as a team for a chance to head to Whitehorse for Hockey Day in Canada.

How to enter – All you have to do to enter the contest is visit the big save entry page. You will need a team photo, and the teams pledge so make sure you talk it over with the coach and team first.

Entry deadline – Your team pledge must be in by November the 30th

How easy is it to win? – According to the contest rules and regulations the winners are chosen by random draw, so no matter how much or how little your team pledges they will still have a chance at winning!

For more information you can visit the following links

The Big Save details and entry page –
The Big Save blog (just launched) –
Facebook –
Twitter –


As a special bonus to the readers of How To Hockey Scotiabank is providing a hockey prize pack. All you have to do is leave a comment below and you will be entered. A winner will be chosen at random (make sure you leave a valid email address). The winner of the prize pack will be chosen on November 25th.

You comment should be about something hockey related you had to save for, or are currently saving for.

Leave a comment about something you had to save for related to hockey, or something you are currently saving for!


To Jay (9th comment down) for winning the Scotiabank prize pack. Thanks for all of your comments and good luck in the main draw

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  1. Reply Ryan Marsh April 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

    My parents didn’t want me to try for the goalie position so I never put in goalie stuff . One day we were at a store and there was a whole set on sale when I asked my parents to buy it they still said no. I took out. My birthday money and purchased it myself . My parents said it would be a good road hockey set because it was good enough for the ice. When our tournament came around at the end of the season our goalie didn’t show up and my set was in back of the car incase someone wanted to play outside at the motel. So I put it on played the tournament, we came in second. In an initiation finals I have bin a goalie ever since.and I love it. Ryan Marsh

  2. Reply Erik January 4, 2011 at 9:39 am

    My Daughter just started her first year in Hockey and I couldn’t have wished for a better Team and experience for her. I myself grew up playing and I had 3 older brothers who did as well, so it’s in our blood I guess. Last week at her first tournament Grandma and Grandpa came out to watch her and my dad took her aside and said for every pass you make or shot on net i’ll give you a $1. I have never seen such determination from my daughter to get to the puck and make passes to her team mates and flood the out of town goal with shots! It turns out that she ended up with $20 for 1 game but what she did next was amazing. I asked her maybe that could go towards a new stick and she said why would I buy a new stick when this one got me $20? The money is going to go towards buying a mascot for our team dad. So my daughter’s Hockey team has the biggest mascot that sits at the face-off dot before every game, and the hardest working player gets to take it home till the next game.

  3. Reply Morgan Mccarthy December 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    love the hockey tips! I have been a hockey mom for several years, and just started playing myself last year. I need all the help I can get :) Keep up the good work!

  4. Reply Marc Turpin December 1, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    So who won? :O

    I love howtohockey ! I subscribed to youtube and cant wait next video on the new stick handling stuff you bought ! And 20 ways to beat a defender seems awesome !

  5. Reply A.J. November 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    This looks like a great contest, with even greater prizes!

  6. Reply Josh November 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Hi im Josh im 14 years old I have a job now as a timekeeper now so i usually have to buy my hockey supplies. I just recently saved up for the new bauer one 30 stick and baught it with my own money but now im working hard and trying to make extra money to get the new bauer one 95s

  7. Reply Lenny Goh November 26, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I find it’s best to setup a mini savings account that automatically deposits money from your main account to be used for your winter and spring hockey league fees. It results in it not being such a big hit to your finances when league fees are due!

  8. Reply Ryan November 25, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I sold some of my old equipment the last couple months in order to save up to buy my son some new epuipment. I’ve also slowly expanded my backyard ice rink each of the last three years. I save a little $ here by reusing the same screws, wood, etc. I’m hoping to add some sideboards this year!

  9. Reply Jonathan November 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I am from Texas and play hockey. Icetime is hard to come by. On my lunchbreak, I stickhandle in our garage with a Green Biscuit. To teach tophand control, I use a toilet paper tube for the bottom hand. How’s that for saving money? (redneck hockey)

    • Reply Jeremy November 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm

      Nice, any way you can find to improve your game is good! I like the toilet paper tube trick, that’s smart

  10. Reply Deb November 25, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    love the hockey tips! I have been a hockey mom for several years, and just started playing myself last year. I need all the help I can get :) Keep up the good work!

  11. Reply Nicholas November 25, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I’m currently saving up for some new Ice skates since my boot has a hole in it and they’re beginning to cut my ankles. Oh and a new stick!

  12. Reply Rick November 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I’m going to save for those new pump skates, and a new composite stick!

  13. Reply Andrey November 25, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    im going to save up by taking a part time job for teens soon, and buying cheaper equipment. I will try to save up for an acl brace, which is a lot of money, because I had a hockey related injury last season.

    • Reply Jeremy November 26, 2010 at 4:06 pm

      Getting a job is a good way to save money, just make sure you put aside a certain amount each paycheck!

  14. Reply Kaitlyn November 24, 2010 at 3:02 am

    My peewee hockey team is saving up for a trip for the whole team to go to the Hockey hall of fame and I am now saving for a hockey stick, since my parents would’n’t buy it for me as I already have a good-enough stick. Hopefully, by February I will have enough money to buy the stick.

  15. Reply Ryan November 24, 2010 at 2:15 am

    I’m saving for those sweet snap-together fake ice squares that you reviewed a little while back. Need like 500 bucks worth, so really have to sock the shekels away. However, my 3 year old daughter can start to stick handle on something other than concrete.

  16. Reply Daniel November 24, 2010 at 1:19 am

    I have been saving up to buy new skates. For some reason my current skates really hurt the inside of my heels. Hopefully I will have enough money saved up soon to buy a nice new pair of skates! Thank god for Scotiabank’s amazing rates! :)

  17. Reply Michael November 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I have been saving up for my new skates this whole summer. I finally got enough money to buy them, and they are the best skates I have ever owned. I am very proud of my purchase, and i love my skates.

  18. Reply Sean November 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Using buy/sell areas on message forums is a great way to get rid of stuff you don’t want/like and try something else for a reduced price. Selling some sticks now to save for some synthetic ice to shoot off of in my garage. Looking forward to the on ice videos.

  19. Reply Darrin November 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Hockey is so much fun! Your vids have been awesome at helping me train (especially off-ice). I recently went back to school so I have to make sure I save up enough for each season’s registration. $500 for 16 games is steep. Is it any cheaper in Canada?

  20. Reply Ryan November 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Grab a few extra bucks from the wallet and put it in an envelope ever couple of weeks. Still saving up for a nice shooting stick and some team color gloves. Thanks for all the info

  21. Reply Lisa November 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    We just found this web site and love it! Thanks for the great tips.

  22. Reply Ryan November 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    HI I am saving up to go to some hockey camps/schools/lessons because I just started playing ice hockey this year and I want to get caught up to the skill level of my teammates

  23. Reply Peter Yamamoto November 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    While a new piece of equipment is always tempting, you need to look forward, especially just the basic cost of next season’s registration. Instead of thinking that you’re depriving yourself, track the saving for every temptation. Transfer that saving into investing in yourself in the form of a new workout/practice. Then be ready to enjoy the next season even more when it’s easy/easier to pay that registration fee on time/early discount!

    • Reply Jeremy November 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      I used to do this all the time, instead of getting dinner at Harvey’s I would eat at home, then put the money I would have spent on fast food in a jar. By passing on temptations I probably saved about $30 a week.

  24. Reply Jay November 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Great promotion. I had a deal with my son this summer to have him save for a backyard rink. He would do odds and ends around the house for money but he would put half the money away towards the rink. It really kept him motivated and he saw it through. We just framed the rink last weekend and now we’re waiting for the freeze. It’s nice to see him have pride in ownership and I have no doubts that I’ll have some help shoveling the rink this winter.

    • Reply Jeremy November 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm

      Nice one Jay, there are a lot of lessons to be learned in life and the deal with your son certainly covers a lot of them! What a great way to teach him about saving, hard work, and balance in life.

  25. Reply Chris R. November 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    While I’m admittedly not the greatest hockey player yet, I do like having nice things. I just don’t like paying top-of-the line prices for them. So I like to find the big clearance sales in the off-season where stores sell their last-year’s model stuff for bargain basement prices. I got TPS R8 gloves, full ST-16 pads, 7k shinguards, and a Bauer One95 Sr. Stick all for under $300 recently.

  26. Reply Dorchester Peewee's November 16, 2010 at 10:36 am

    The boys are always trying to save money for development programs. They will also be doing a food drive this year, carrying around their hockey bags and filling with food to donate to our local food bank for families in need this coming season!

    Go Dragons Go!!

  27. Reply Alex November 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    how to has help my snap shote. and i want the prize

  28. Reply John November 14, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Our Peewee team is saving to attend the American Cup held in Lake Placid over the Christmas holidays. The kids get to represent their country and play in the Olympic rink. Exciting stuff! Maybe 2010 will be their Miracle on Ice.

  29. Reply Rich November 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Nothing is more inportant than saving up for things in the end it makes them worth so much more!! Practice Hard, Play Harder,Save Alot,Hockey Rules….

  30. Reply Marc Turpin November 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    This is a great contest ! I wish I was young enough to enter ! I’ll tell my younger friends to enter, they’ll be stoked !

    Thanks for the info for the contest and your videos. Can you make a video on how to improve speed on dryland (With basic stuff or body weight, not going to the gym) Thanks !

  31. Reply ryan griswold November 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    the prize pack is so sick and howtohockey is the best place to get hockey tips!

  32. Reply Jeremy November 13, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I figured I would start the commenting.
    As a kid I always had to pay for everything so I had to save to pay for my hockey registration each year. I would work during the summer so I could play hockey in the winter! One big item I bought was a hockey shooting pad and a set of videos on how to improve stickhandling. Both purchases helped me improve my game a lot and to this day I am thankful I bought them.

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