TERREBONNE – Max Pacioretty is recruiting for the cause.
A solid contingent of the Canadiens family was on hand at the club de golf le Versant on Wednesday to help out at Max Pacioretty’s first-ever golf tournament in support of his foundation.
“It’s flattering to have this much support, whether it be the fans that are coming and signing up for the tournament or the celebrities who stepped up to help out a good cause. I was a little bit nervous of the turnout but it’s better than I expected,” admitted Pacioretty, who had almost a dozen teammates take part.
Team owner Geoff Molson and head coach Michel Therrien were also in attendance to support the rugged winger.
“Seeing Geoff Molson and Michel Therrien here at my tournament makes me feel like I’m a big part of this family,” he explained. “It gives me even more motivation to perform for them.”
The league and players association may be in the middle of ongoing negotiations, but all the team owner and president needed to RSVP “Yes” to his leading scorer’s event was an invite.
“It’s fantastic. We have a great team and a great group of people on the team from the top-down,” shared Molson. “It’s really exciting to see them all here together today supporting Max.”
Of the players ready to hit the links for the Max Pacioretty Foundation, P.K. Subban seemed the most nervous about making an appearance – and it had nothing to do with the throng of media on hand hoping to discuss his contract.
“I don’t know how this is going to go,” joked the 23-year-old blue-liner. “I’ve only golfed maybe three times this summer. But it’s for a good cause and it’s good to see so many teammates come out and support Max.”
While there was no official monetary objective set before planning started, Pacioretty is well on his way to hitting his initial goal of raising three million dollars to purchase a new MRI machine for the Montreal General Hospital’s Traumatic Brain Injury Center.
Hosting a golf tournament is no easy task – especially given the extra effort Pacioretty has been putting in at the driving range working on his hole-in-one form.
“Yeah, no pressure. I think there might be a car on the line today so maybe I’ll throw it in,” laughed Pacioretty when asked about Scott Gomez sinking a hole-in-one to win a car at his own tournament earlier this summer. “I didn’t get any advice from him. I’ve heard he’s a decent golfer but it sounds fishy – I think you had to be there in person to see it.
“I don’t know who I’m paired up with but I feel bad for them. I’m a pretty inconsistent golfer,” finished Pacioretty before firing his first drive deep into the rough.
At least he had 17 more holes to make up for it. He may not be framing his scorecard at the end of the day, but when the tournament closes he’ll still be the one holding the big cheque for charity.
Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.
Comments: P.K. Subban, Geoff Molson, David Desharnais
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