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9-Year-Old River Edge, New Jersey Hockey Player Wins Discover "Your Kid Could Win A Day With The Stanley Cup®" Contest

May 07, 2011

Teammates and Community to Take Part in the Celebration When the Winner Brings the Stanley Cup to the ICEHOUSE Community Hockey Rink

RIVER EDGE, N.J., May 07, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- A New Jersey youth hockey team spent today with the Stanley Cup after one of their players, 9-year-old Christian L. of River Edge, won its "Your Kid Could Win a Day with the Stanley Cup®" video contest, which awards a U.S. youth hockey player, and his/her family, teammates and community with a day with the Stanley Cup®.

Christian's parents submitted his video that, after a public vote to determine three finalists, was selected by a panel of judges. Christian's video called, 'A season to fight for PINK AND WHITE,' was created as a tribute to his mother, who is currently battling breast cancer and to thank his father for coaching his team to winning a local hockey tournament (see winning video at www.discover.com/nhl).

Christian was presented with the Stanley Cup at his home this morning and then brought the Stanley Cup to the ICEHOUSE in Hackensack, NJ where his hockey team, the Avalanche, plays. After the team spent some time with the Stanley Cup, Discover invited members of the community to share in the celebration and take pictures with the Stanley Cup.

"I am so excited because I am the only kid in the country who gets to spend a day with the Stanley Cup," said Christian.

To be considered for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, parents of players ages 13 and younger were asked to submit a short video of their child's most rewarding moment on the ice. Sixty videos were submitted and voted on by visitors to Discover's Facebook page. The three top vote-getting entries were judged by a panel on enthusiasm, appropriateness of video to theme, originality, creativity and sincerity.

Christian's family members are avid hockey fans. His mom and dad met through hockey and his older brother also plays hockey. Their home even has a dedicated "hockey room" where Christian's dad made a table and chair out of hockey sticks. In the room, there are several autographed hockey pucks, jerseys and photos.

"As the official credit card of the National Hockey League, Discover is providing a rewarding and unique experience for a young hockey player," said Harit Talwar, president of U.S. Cards at Discover. "Considering the trials and tribulations Christian and his family have had over the last several months, providing them this opportunity to experience the glory of the Stanley Cup, along with his teammates and community is just as rewarding for Discover."

Christian's day with the Stanley Cup will be featured as a short documentary that will run during the broadcast of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final®.

For more information about the contest or to view contest videos, visit Discover's Facebook page at Facebook.com/Discover, or www.discover.com/nhl.

About Discover

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company operates the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers personal and student loans, online savings accounts, certificates of deposit and money market accounts through its Discover Bank subsidiary. Its payment businesses consist of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discoverfinancial.com.

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SOURCE: Discover Financial Services

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Matt Towson
Discover Financial Services
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matthewtowson@discover.com