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Citizens Bank Returns as Title Sponsor of Governor's Cup

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ALBANY, N.Y. - ECAC Hockey today announced that Citizens Bank will for the second consecutive year serve as the title sponsor of the Governor's Cup. The 2007 Citizens Bank Governor's Cup featuring Colgate University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Lawrence University and Union College, and will be played October 26-27 at the Times Union Center.

"Citizens Bank is pleased to once again join with the Governor, ECAC Hockey and the Times Union Center in presenting the Governor's Cup," said Robert M. Curley, state president, Citizens Bank, New York. "The Governor's Cup marks the unofficial kick-off to the college hockey season in the Capital Region. The tournament is primed to become a great annual tradition in ECAC Hockey with the continued and growing support of the league, the business community and the region's loyal fans."

Governor's Cup competition October 26 features St. Lawrence facing Colgate at 4 p.m., followed by Rensselaer versus Union at 7 p.m. The following day will feature the third-place and championship games. Rensselaer claimed the 2006 title, edging Colgate in a shootout.

"We are proud to continue the relationship and association with Citizens Bank, and eagerly await what certainly will be a great Governor's Cup tournament," said ECAC Hockey Commissioner Steve Hagwell. "We place tremendous value upon the relationship with Bob Curley and Citizens Bank.

"We also acknowledge the tremendous efforts of SMG, which manages the Times Union Center. Our partnership with SMG is a great asset to the League. We look forward to continuing our relationship and could not be more pleased as we prepare for the upcoming season."

The Citizens Bank Governor's Cup was created in 2006 as a way to showcase the league's teams at the beginning of the season and to generate excitement for the ECAC Hockey Championship, held annually at the Times Union Center. The 2008 championship will take place March 21-22.

"We celebrate the renewal of the (Citizens Bank) Governor's Cup to kick off the college hockey season at the Times Union Center, and salute Bob Curley and Citizens Bank for their continuing and tremendous support of collegiate athletic events at the Center," said Albany County Executive Mike Breslin. "The synergy between the Times Union Center, ECAC Hockey and the prominent sponsors like Citizens Bank make our facility one of the premier sports venues in the Northeast. We couldn't be happier or more proud."

Tickets are available for purchase at the Arena box office, online at www.timesunioncenter.com and via Tickets.com (1-800-30-EVENT or www.tickets.com). An all-session ticket, which includes all four games, is $30 for adults and $20 for children. Individual session tickets are $17.50 for adults and $12 for children.

About ECAC Hockey
ECAC Hockey boasts elite student-athletes and teams from 12 of the nation's most prestigious institutions - Brown University, Clarkson University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, Quinnipiac University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Lawrence University, Union College, and Yale University. 

For more information about ECAC Hockey, check out http://www.ecachockey.com/.

About Citizens Bank, N.A
Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 212 branches and 268 ATMs in New York.

RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $159 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG's two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 13-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets and deposits. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG's Web site is citizensbank.com.