May 06, 2012

Upstate New York Military Family Wins Discover’S Day With The Cup™ Contest

10-Year-Old’s Essay About Father in Afghanistan Wins Heart of Public Vote

RIVERWOODS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 6, 2012-- The excitement surrounding the National Hockey League (NHL®) playoffs just got even better as Discover today announced the winner of its Day With the Cup™ contest – the Doran family of Fulton, New York.

Discover launched its contest in late March, encouraging hockey fans across the nation to submit an original photo that best demonstrated their passion for hockey, along with a 1,000 character-or-less description that answered the question, “I deserve a day with the Stanley Cup® because…” More than 850 submissions were uploaded to Discover’s Facebook fan page, Heather Doran uploaded her son Noah’s compelling essay that captured the attention of the public, which deemed him the winner by an overwhelming number of votes.

Noah’s entry spoke of his Dad, Robert, a sergeant who left in early January to serve his third tour in Afghanistan, and how the duo bonded over hockey every weekend. He then credited his local hockey team, the Fulton Red Raider Squirts, for helping him get through the tough transition. Noah’s entry was accompanied by a photo of him and his Dad in military uniform on the ice at a local hockey rink. Sgt. Doran serves with Oswego, New York’s 444th Engineer Company, 411th Engineer Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Noah, Heather, his brother Ethan and sister Jade, were presented with the Stanley Cup® at the Cicero Twin Rinks in Cicero, New York this morning. Noah’s hockey team, friends and local community soldiers joined him in celebration while taking photos with the Stanley Cup®. The experience was documented and is slated to be featured during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup® Final. Noah and Heather also received round-trip airline fare, hotel and tickets to one of the games of the Stanley Cup® Final.

“We are delighted to help a great family like the Doran's realize their dream,” said Jennifer Murillo, vice president of brand communications at Discover. “Noah’s heartfelt entry pulled at the heart strings of everyone – the number of public votes he received was a strong testament of this. We at Discover are pleased to leverage our great partnerships – like ours with the NHL® – to create special moments and memories that will last a lifetime.”

Discover is the Official Card of the NHL®, NHL Winter Classic®, NHL Awards™ and the NHL Draft™.

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

NHL, the NHL Shield and the wordmark NHL Winter Classic, and the wordmark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks, and Day With The Cup, NHL Awards, and NHL Draft are trademarks of the National Hockey League. ©NHL 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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Source: Discover Financial Services

Katie Henry
Jessica Douglas