A tremendous turnout of 139 OHL graduates and various League supporters came together for a fun-filled day of golf at one of Ontario’s premier courses on Monday, all for a good cause.
Sunny skies and windy conditions set the stage for the 4th Annual OHL Alumni Association Golf Classic at the Devil’s Pulpit Golf Association in Caledon, Ont. As they have in years past, OHL graduates once again rallied together to help one of their own, raising a grand total of $14,500 in support of the Steve Ludzik Foundation.
“On behalf of the Ontario Hockey League and it’s Alumni Association, we’d like to thank everyone for their generosity to such a great cause,” said OHL Director of Recruitment Kyle Pereira. “It was remarkable to see decades of OHL graduates come together to reconnect, share laughs and support one of the league’s most revered Alumni in Steve Ludzik. Steve and his foundation have provided incredible support to those living with Parkinson’s disease and we are thrilled to have been able to make a significant contribution to this exceptionally worthy cause.”
An OHL alumnus both on the ice and behind the bench, Ludzik played parts of nine NHL seasons between Chicago and Buffalo from 1981-90. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease during the 2001-02 season, he found there were no services for patients living with Parkinson’s in the Niagara Region nor throughout Southwestern Ontario. In 2013, the doors opened to the Steve Ludzik Rehab Centre, a one of a kind, multidisciplinary Parkinson’s rehab centre located in St. Catharines. Since its inception, the SLRC has seen over 250 patients and also a certification from McMaster University, proving rehab provided is helping patients.
Monday’s event saw a foursome that included graduates in Nathan Martine, Brendan Taylor and Stefan Legein along with Erik Hann take top prize with a score of 13-under. Ottawa 67’s graduate Zenon Konopka, Erie Otters graduate Jason Robinson and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Steve Staios won the three closest to the pin contests. Dave McKenna was the winner of the longest drive competition.
In four years the OHL Alumni Association Golf Classic has generated more than $45,000 to worthy causes such as the Steve Ludzik Foundation, the Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation, the Gudbranson Stem Cell Research Grant and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
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