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OHL Alumni community comes together for 3rd Annual Golf Classic

 

The wind was blowing on an overcast day at Devil’s Pulpit Golf Club but the rain held off for the 3rd annual OHL Alumni Association Golf Tournament on Monday in Caledon, Ont.

The sold out charity event featured 144 golfers from across the OHL Alumni community spanning all 20 member teams in addition to past and present members of the league’s officiating ranks.

OHL graduates young and old from various professional backgrounds came together for a day of friendly competition as brothers Darren and Taylor Raddysh were part of a foursome that came out on top for a second straight year.

“It’s a great day to have the chance to connect with a lot of the guys that have moved on from hockey and to be able to see what they’re doing now,” said the older of the two Raddysh brothers who recently signed an entry-level NHL contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. “One day I’ll have to follow that same path so it’s a good chance to get to know some of these guys better and learn about their experience.”

The day also featured a number of contests including a Closest to the Pin Competition that was won by Roger Davidson, Mississauga Steelheads head coach and general manager James Richmond and Guelph Storm forward Isaac Ratcliffe. Owen Sound Attack GTHL scout Aaron Armstrong claimed victory in the Straighest Drive Contest and Kitchener Rangers graduate Kevin Casey (1979-82) was the winner of the Putting Contest.

A range of OHL grads from different eras were in attendance including some of the newest OHL Alumni members in Hamilton Bulldogs captain Justin Lemcke and aforementioned Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds winger Taylor Raddysh.

Graduates with past and present NHL experience were also on hand.

“This tournament is always good,” said Brett Ritchie, a Dallas Stars forward who was joined by brother Nick of the Anaheim Ducks. “It’s a very nice venue and a great opportunity to see people you haven’t connected with in a long time.

“It’s a great day of golf for a great cause, so it’s a lot of fun.”

Proceeds raised through the event, it’s raffle prizes and various contests are being donated to the Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation.

A three-time Stanley Cup champion from Bomanville, Ont., Bickell played four OHL seasons between Ottawa and Windsor from 2002-06 before embarking on an 11-year professional career that was cut short after the 6-foot-4, 223Ib. winger was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“The OHL Alumni Association likes to support a charity through this event. Last year it was the Gudbranson Stem Cell Research Grant and this year we’re getting behind one of our graduates in Bryan Bickell,” said OHL Director of Recruitment Daniel Broussard. “Bryan and his wife Amanda have a deep love for animals and are working to provide fully-trained service dogs to patients and families affected by multiple sclerosis. It’s a great initiative and Bryan’s story is very inspiring, so we couldn’t be happier to be getting behind them today.”

The day on the links was followed by an evening of food and proceedings emceed by Sportsnet hockey analyst Sam Cosentino. Contest winners were recognized and Bryan Bickell shared details on the work being done by his charitable foundation.

The OHL Alumni Association Golf Classic continues to grow, with 62 players in attendance at the inaugural event in 2016, 124 on hand last year and a capacity turnout of 144 this week.

The OHL Alumni Association:

The OHL Alumni Association is a member focused organization with the primary function of forming a global hockey based community directed towards strengthening and sustaining the connection and relationship between alumni, the league, and current players.

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