They may be some of the top names in the NHL but the players gathering at the Harvest Golf Club today (Thursday) all have one thing in common: They were once junior players suiting up for the Kelowna Rockets.
The 11th Annual Kelowna Rockets Alumni Golf Tournament takes place today (Thursday) and features the likes of Norris trophy candidate Shea Weber, former NHL rookie of the year Tyler Myers as well as Montreal Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges.
The charity event is in the second year of a five year commitment to raise $200,000 for the Kelowna General Hospital’s Orthopedic ward. Last year it raised $65,000.
“We’re very proud of our alumni and happy they keep coming back and helping us raise money for KGH’s orthopedic ward,” said Anne Marie Hamilton, Rockets director of marketing. “Especially in this economy we’re lucky people are still committed to the tournament and to KGH.”
There are 180 golfers and over 30 Rockets alumni teeing off in the golf tournament which includes silent and live auctions.
Blake Comeau, Brandon McMillan, Tyler Spurgeon, Brett Mclean, Nolan Yonkman and Kristopher Westblom are among the other players while recent Rockets graduate Evan Bloodoff as well as members of the current Rockets club are also participating.
Tickets for Sunday’s hockey game are still available at Scotiabank branches through Friday and at the door on Sunday. The game takes place at 5 p.m. at the Capital News Centre with doors opening at 4 p.m.