DENVER, Feb. 27, 2007 - Qwest Communications InternationalInc. (NYSE: Q) and USA Hockey today announced a new sponsorship agreement thatnames Qwest the "Official Communications Services Sponsor of USA Hockey".
Communications services for USA Hockey's national office, located inColorado Springs, Colo., will be exclusively provided and maintained by Qwest.USA Hockey will use Qwest's world-class high-speed Internet service,DIRECTV(r) service and wireless and digital voice services to meet its headquarters' communicationsand entertainment needs.
"We're extremely pleased to be teaming up with Qwest," saidMike Bertsch, USA Hockey's senior director of corporate affairs. "It'sterrific to partner with a company of Qwest's stature. Together we havethe opportunity to bring the best in hockey and communications services toplayers, fans and the community in general."
In addition to providing USA Hockey with communications and entertainment services,Qwest will also help advance the sport of hockey as an Official Sponsor ofthe U.S. Women's National Team. With this designation, Qwest will supportU.S. Women's National Hockey Team members throughout upcoming hockeyseasons.
"Qwest is proud to sponsor USA Hockey and the U.S. Women's NationalTeam, and-through our outstanding communications and entertainment services-helpbring even more hockey to fans and their communities," said Laura Sankey,Qwest executive vice president of marketing and communications. "Qwestis excited to begin this partnership with USA Hockey to promote community programsand bring the sport of hockey to even more fans."
USA Hockey boasts strong membership within the states where Qwest provideslocal service, particularly in Colorado, Minnesota, North Dakota, Utah andWashington.
Qwest offers a unique and powerful combination of voice and data solutionsfor businesses, government agencies and consumers - locally and throughoutthe country. Customers coast to coast are turning to Qwest's industry-leadingnational fiber optic network and its Spirit of Service for quality productsand superior customer experience. For more information on Qwest, andits various operating subsidiaries, please go to www.qwest.com.
About USA Hockey
USA Hockey is the national governing body of the sport of ice hockey in theUnited States and has nearly 600,000 members across the country.