NHLPA Players Tee It up for 25th Annual Golf classic

For the 25th consecutive year, the NHLPA Golf Classic brought NHL players together in the name of charity.

To mark the special occasion, every current player in attendance at Glen Abbey Golf Club Wednesday was given $2,000 for the cause of their choice as they participated in individual and team competitions.

Over 50 current and former NHL players took part in the day's action, and some of them even brought guests to take part.

Also on hand was Hockey Hall of Fame forward Ted Lindsay, who is known for his skill, tenacity, leadership, and his role in establishing the original Players' Association.

 

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Lindsay's presence was appreciated by all players in attendance, as many made sure to stop for a photo and swap stories with the legendary "Terrible Ted" Some players even had a generational connection to Lindsay.

One highlight of the night was a moving speech made by former Executive Director Bob Goodenow, recounting his first and fondest memory of Lindsay in the early 1960s. Goodenow recalled a tender childhood moment at a friend's birthday party, where the surprise of the night was Lindsay himself, signing autographs to the entire party's delight - and Goodenow's first ever NHL player autograph.

At the end of the day, Greg McKegg took home the bragging rights for lowest player score of the tournament by shooting three under par with a 69. Following the tournament, Logan Couture landed a mere two inches away from the hole in the NHLPA Member Charity Challenge for $25,000 for his charity of choice, See The Line.

Josh Jooris and Darnell Nurse also won $15,000 and $10,000 respectively for autism and CityKidz Hamilton.

Everyone went home a winner by helping to bring the grand total donation from the NHLPA Golf Classic to $3.6 million dollars over its 25 years of existence - including $125,000 from the 2017 Golf Classic.

Here's a look at some of the causes the players chose to donate to:

Louis Domingue The Jackson-Jay Foundation
Lawson Crouse The Tara "Boom" Houston Children's Foundation
Josh Jooris Autism
Brian Gionta Ronald McDonald House of Rochester
Kevin Bieksa The FORT
Jeff Skinner The Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation
Boone Jenner The Janis Foligno Foundation
Dougie Hamilton The Brock-Niagara Penguins
Devin Shore Pancreatic Cancer Canada - Ontario division
Andreas Athanasiou Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Darnell Nurse CityKidz Hamilton
Jonathan Huberdeau La Fondation des Cougars
Jonathan Marchessault Fondation le Petit Blanchon
Derek MacKenzie Hats for Heroes
Cal Clutterbuck United Heroes League
Stephen Gionta Pete Frates Home Health Initiative
Logan Couture See the Line
Adam Henrique Stedman Community Hospice
Joseph Blandisi The Tory Day Fund
Marcus Foligno The Janis Foligno Foundation
Tanner Pearson Ronald McDonald House, KW Humane Society
Tyler Toffoli Wags and Walks, Vanderpump Dog Foundation
Cameron Gaunce Minor Hockey Foundation Ontario
Barclay Goodrow See the Line
Micheal Haley Noelle's Gift
Josh Leivo The Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation
Greg McKegg St. Thomas Spectacular/Special Olympics
Cory Conacher Diabetes Canada

 

For more highlights from the day's action, check out #NHLPAGolfClassic on Instagram and Twitter.

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