Charity Efforts Up to Par
Magnus Paajarvi participates in the Blues 14 Fund Golf Classic on Monday at Norwood Hills Country Club. MORE PHOTOS >>>
ST. LOUIS - Blues forward Magnus Paajarvi walked up to the green in search of his golf ball.
After several unsuccessful minutes trying to find it, an on-looker shouted “did you check the hole?”
“Really?” Paajarvi asked. “Did it go in there?”
“Nah,” the on-looker said. “Just kidding.”
Paajarvi never found his shot, but that didn’t matter all that much. Moments like these are what makes the Blues 14 Fund Golf Classic so special.
As they have in years past, Blues players, coaches and management hit the links at Norwood Hills Country Club on Monday for the annual golf tournament. The event raises money for the Blues 14 Fund, which benefits cancer care and awareness, general health and wellness, education and youth hockey development.
The tournament allows fans, season ticket holders and sponsors to play 18 holes with the team just before it hits the ice for the upcoming season.
And the turnout and support each year never disappoints.
“So many people outside the hockey community donate to the Blues 14 Fund, and the players give back, too,” said goalie Jake Allen. “It’s a great foundation, and you couldn’t ask for a better day.
“It’s nice to get a day off, swing the sticks a little bit and have some fun. We get back to business tomorrow.”
Registration was $2,514 for a foursome, which included 18 holes with a Blues celebrity. Players also received brunch in the morning, an exclusive gift package and an awards reception dinner. The event also included live and silent auctions to raise money for the Fund, which was established in honor of former Blue Doug Wickenheiser, who scored the Monday Night Miracle goal in 1986 and later passed away from cancer in 1999.
“It’s always fun to get out on the golf course for the 14 Fund. You learn an awful lot about what it’s like to be a Blue, to be a fan of the Blues,” said FOX Sports Midwest analyst Darren Pang. “Everybody that’s here, they’re hockey fans, but they know what this is all about.
“I’m pretty proud to be part of an organization that still talks about Doug. It’s a great day, and people (really) get involved in it. Guys are having a lot of fun, and so am I.”
The Blues 14 Fund Golf Classic kicked off Face-Off Week, which began Monday and concludes with Saturday evening's game against the Calgary Flames. Click here to learn about the week-long celebration.