Finally, it must be summer. The sun's shining. The Canuck Alumni are out on the golf course.
It was every bit a summer's day as an overflow contingent of 149 Canuck Alumni and their guests hit the links at Richmond Golf and Country Club (on July 5th), taking part in the 64th Annual Cyclone Taylor Memorial Golf Tournament, playing in the first warm sunshine we've seen here on the West Coast, since May. And it wouldn't have been a 'Cyclone Taylor' without the presence of the event's very first champion from 1948, Alumni elder statesman Ernie Dougherty. Although he didn't play, the tournament organizers put the energetic octogenarian to work, driving one of the refreshment carts, helping to deliver thirst-quenching beverages to the parched participants all afternoon.
The emotional highlight of the day had to be B.C. Hockey Benevolent Association President Gerry Sillers' presentation of a cheque in the amount of $10,000 to the ALS Society, represented at the tournament by Don McCusker - son of Alumnus Bob McCusker - the younger of whom has recently been diagnosed with the life-threatening ailment.
President 'Driller' also paid tribute to the four Canucks whose names are forever enshrined in the Ring of Honour at Rogers arena, three of whom were able to make it to this year's tournament: Orland Kurtenbach, Harold Snepsts and Kirk McLean. The other member of the honoured foursome, Thomas Gradin, is in Sweden for the summer.
This year, it was one-time Canuck forward, now General Manager of the BCHL Coquitlam Express, Darcy Rota who carted off the Cyclone Taylor Memorial trophy as the Alumnus with the day's best score. And the great-grandson of the Vancouver hockey legend, Mark Taylor, was on hand to make the presentation.
After it was all said and done the tournament raised $15,000 towards local charities. 5K to the Boys and Girls Club, 5K to the UBC Scholarship Program and another 10K to the ALS Society.
Hats off to the organizers, to MC's Jim Robson and Joey Kenward and a big thank-you to Mother Nature. She must be a hockey fan and a bit of a golf nut to have turned up the 2012 thermostat, just when we needed it!View the photos from the game here