On July 12th, hockey legend Dale Hawerchuk hosted his second Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic of the summer, with this one being in Winnipeg. Dale Hawerchuk takes great pride in being able to host an event of this magnitude in Winnipeg, as it brings Dale Hawerchuk back to the city where he spent the first 9 seasons of his NHL career playing for the Jets. During his time with the Jets, Dale Hawerchuk became one of the most popular athletes Winnipeg has ever seen.
In addition to Dale Hawerchuk, there were several other distinguished NHL alumni on hand for the Winnipeg version of the Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic. These include other former Winnipeg Jets stars Dave Ellett, Kris King, Scott Arniel and Jordy Douglas, as well as current Winnipeg Jets assistant coach and a member of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty of the 1980s, Charlie Huddy. The New York Islanders championship teams were well represented with Billy Smith and Manitoba native Butch Goring in attendance. Former Toronto Maple Leafs defensemen Al Iafrate, Ric Nattress and Brad May took part in the festivities, with Nattress acting as emcee for the event. The celebrity guest list for this year’s Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic would be rounded out by former Montreal Canadiens centre Brian Skrudland, former New York Rangers teammates Larry Melnyk and Ron Duguay and former Buffalo Sabre Doug Bodger.
The 14th annual Dale Hawerchuk Charity classic was recently held at the beautiful Rocky Crest Golf Resort in the Seguin Valley of Muskoka. Presented by the Scotia Mortgage Authority, this year’s Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic golf tournament featured 18 retired NHL stars, all of whom were eager to support the Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic’s cause of choice, Easter Seals Ontario. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic will be donated to Easter Seals Ontario, and used to help purchase mobile equipment and help fund opportunities to send kids to fully accessible Easter Seals camps. The list of retired NHL stars taking part in this year’s Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic is extensive. In addition to Dale Hawerchuk, the tournament featured former Montreal Canadiens Peter Mahovlich, Steve Shutt, Brian Skrudland and Terry Ryan. Several former Toronto Maple Leafs stars also participated. These players include Al Iafrate, Kevin Maguire, Wendel Clark, Dave Ellett, Brad May and Mike Palmateer. Other players participating included teammates from the New York Islanders’ dynasty of the 1980s Billy Smith and Butch Goring, Edmonton Oilers goaltending legend Grant Fuhr, Calgary Flames Stanley Cup champion Ric Nattress, former Nashville Predators star Scott Walker, former Boston Bruin Kraig Nienhaus and former Bruin and current Sportsnet and CBC hockey analyst PJ Stock.