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An improbable pairing

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

ANJOU – Andrei Markov is far from the world’s most avid golfer, but that didn’t stop him from making a rare appearance on the links to play a few holes in support of a great cause.

“I’m not a very good golfer. I almost never play. But today, I’m going to do my best,” said Markov, who lent his name and time to Vago restaurant’s first ever charity golf tournament, with proceeds going to benefit the Canadiens Children’s Foundation. “I’ll be trying my luck at a few holes, so we’ll see how I do. It’s a different sport for me. If anything, I’ll just be trying to have some fun out there.”

Louis Leblanc giving some golfing tips to Andrei Markov.

Playing in a foursome that included Louis Leblanc, Markov was able to glean a few good pieces of advice from his young teammate during a quick practice session moments before the start of the event.

“I’ve never been a part of this sort of event before – I think it will be good for the Foundation though,” shared Markov, as a reminder that the real goal of the day was to raise as much money as possible. “We wanted to try and pitch in however we could. This is the first year we’re doing this and hopefully we can repeat the experience next year.”

The Foundation would also like nothing more than for that to become a reality in the future.

“To us, this sort of event is representative of one of our players recognizing the good work the Foundation is doing, and trying to contribute,” explained Geneviève Paquette, executive director of the Canadiens Children’s Foundation. “This isn’t the first time that Andrei’s lent his support to the cause. He usually does it a little more discretely, but it’s fun to do this kind of an event with him and have other people see the contributions he makes to the Montrealcommunity.”

Having organized his first golf tournament, Angelo Mercuri, owner of Vago restaurant was on hand to explain the significance of having a public figure like Markov attached to the event.

“Andrei played a big part in this, and he knew how he wanted to do it,” expressed Mercuri, adding that not everything involving a golf tournament has to do with golf. “Andrei might not really play much, but he knows the importance of coming out, meeting people and raising money for a good cause.”

Now all that’s left is to hope Leblanc taught his veteran teammate the all important use of the word, “FORE!”.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Justin Fragapane.

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