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DWAYNE ROLOSON RECEIVES 2003-04 MBNA/MASTERCARD
ROGER CROZIER SAVING GRACE AWARD

Honour Benefits Simcoe, Ontario-Based Norfolk Pros Foundation

Simcoe, Ontario and Saint Paul, Minnesota (July 8, 2004) – Dwayne Roloson of the Minnesota Wild today received the 2003-04 MBNA/MasterCard Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award, a promotional award given to the goaltender with the NHL’s best save percentage during the regular season. The honour was presented at the Norfolk Pros Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament in Renton, Ontario. As part of the award, MBNA/MasterCard donated $25,000 (U.S.) to the Norfolk Pros Foundation. Based in Simcoe, Ontario, the foundation is dedicated to helping community youth by working toward the relief of poverty and the advancement of education. The charity was selected by Roloson.

Roloson compiled a .932728 save percentage (1,323 shots, 1,234 saves) in 48 games, narrowly edging Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames, who finished with a .932712 save percentage (966 shots, 901 saves) in 38 appearances, by just .000016.

Save percentage is calculated by dividing total saves by total shots faced. To be eligible for the Saving Grace Award, a goaltender must have appeared in at least 25 games during the regular season.

The award is named for Roger Crozier, one of the League’s top goaltenders throughout his career. In 14 seasons, Crozier compiled a 206-197-70 record in 518 games, a 3.04 GAA, and 30 shutouts with the Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, and Washington Capitals. His career was highlighted by a Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 1965 and a Conn Smythe Trophy for his MVP performance in the 1966 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Crozier joined MBNA America Bank in 1983 as director of facility management, responsible for managing MBNA’s rapid physical expansion. He passed away on January 11, 1996.

MBNA/MasterCard Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award Final Standings

Goaltender, Club GP Save % SA GA SV
Dwayne Roloson, Minnesota 48 .932728
1,323
89 1,234
Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary 38 .932712
966
65 901
Roberto Luongo, Florida 72 .931
2,475
172 2,303
Vesa Toskala, San Jose 28 .930
760
53 707
Andrew Raycroft, Boston 57 .926
1,586
117 1,469

GP Games played
Save % Save percentage (SV divided by SA)
SA Shots against
GA Goals against
SV Saves (SA minus GA)

About MBNA
MBNA has been a valued partner of the NHL since 1996 and is a major contributor to League events, including NHL All-Star Weekend and the NHL Entry Draft, as well as NHL.com. MBNA Corporation, a bank holding company and parent of MBNA America Bank, N.A., a national bank, has $112.8 billion in managed loans. MBNA, the largest independent credit card lender in the world, also provides retail deposit, consumer loan and insurance products. MBNA.com (www.MBNA.com) provides credit card, consumer loan, retail deposit, travel, and shopping services.

About MasterCard International
MasterCard International is a leading global payments solutions company that provides a broad variety of innovative services in support of our global members’ credit, deposit access, electronic cash, business-to-business and related payment programs. MasterCard International manages a family of well-known, widely accepted payment card brands including MasterCard®, Maestro® and Cirrus® and serves financial institutions, consumers and businesses in over 210 countries and territories. The MasterCard award-winning Priceless® advertising campaign is now seen in 96 countries and in 47 languages, giving the MasterCard brand a truly global reach and scope. For more information go to www.mastercardinternational.com.

For more information please contact:

Brian Walker
Director, Corporate Communications, NHL
212-789-2123

Environics Communications (on behalf of MasterCard Canada)
Tina Gladstone or Matt Cram
416-969-2752 / 416-969-2726