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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs, the top affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, and the Monarchs Care Foundation, the organization’s charitable arm, on Monday hosted the seventh annual Ace Bailey Golf Classic at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford, New Hampshire. Proceeds from this year’s sold out event earned nearly $43,000 to benefit the Level II Special Care Nursery at The Mom’s Place, located at Catholic Medical Center, and The Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation.

The nursery provides an environment for parents to learn how to care for at-risk babies who are in need of additional medical attention before leaving the hospital. The Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation focuses on the well-being of children undergoing medical treatment with the establishment and improvement of programs, environments and professional services that enhance the hospital stay for children and their families.

The Monarchs Care Foundation annually hosts the tournament to celebrate the life of Garnet “Ace” Bailey and to raise funds for a worthy cause in his name. Bailey, known for his love of kids and his fun-loving attitude, served as the Kings Director of Pro Scouting until his death on Sept. 11, 2001. Bailey was a passenger aboard United Flight 175 and was lost in the tragic events of that day.

The foursome from Northeast Freightways, Inc. (Philip Palker, Sean Foye, Paul Lessard and Steve Blair) and former Monarchs defenseman Doug Nolan were declared winners of the event as they shot a 58 in the best-ball 18-hole tournament. The second place team from Poultry Products (Julien Stogniew, Blake Love, Dick Kennedy and Jon Ers) with celebrity golfer Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Washington Capitals and NHL Coach of the Year, tied the team from Zurich (Jim Walsh, Dick Plunkett, Bob Mariano and Shannon Bennett) who were joined by former Boston Bruin and NHL Hall of Famer Brad Park as both teams shot a 60 on the day. The longest drive of the day was by Monarchs center Brian Boyle and also marked the second longest drive in the Manchester Country Club’s history. Kings Director of Pro Development Mike O’Connell earned the closest to the pin award when his ball landed seven-feet, six-inches from the pin.

The Ace Bailey Golf Classic annually brings together an outstanding collection of men and women who have distinguished themselves in the sport of hockey. In addition to Boudreau, Boyle, Nolan, O’Connell and Park, this year’s list of hockey celebrities included Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris, Assistant Coach Scott Pellerin and Director of Hockey Operations Hubie McDonough.

Current and former Monarchs players like Derek Bekar, Gabe Gauthier, Jeff Giuliano, Eric Healey and Richard Seeley also participated in this year’s tournament, along with former Olympians Colleen Coyne and Tara Mounsey. Coyne and Mounsey were members of the USA women’s hockey team that earned the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Rounding out the field of A-List hockey celebrities were Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Gaudet, former University of New Hampshire Wildcat and current New York Rangers Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark, former Bruins and Kings Head Coach Robbie Ftorek, Carolina Hurricanes Assistant Coach Tom Rowe and former Bruins players Bob Beers, Steve Kasper and Mark Mowers.

“Ace was looking out for all of us as the clouds opened up and we had a beautiful day to celebrate his life on the golf course,” said Monarchs Senior Vice President Cheryl Abbott. “Ace was a dear member of our organization and we are proud to bring everyone together to raise money for children in our community in his name.”

WMUR Channel 9 Sports personality Jamie Staton hosted the dinner and emceed the live auction that included a Red Sox package, a Kings package, a Washington Capitals package and a 2008 team signed Boston Celtics item.

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