On Tuesday, September 18, with the Los Angeles sun heating up the golf course to temperatures in the 90s, more than a dozen Kings alumni came to play golf and more importantly, raise money for the Kings Care Foundation and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Kings Alumni including Rogie Vachon, Jim Fox, Daryl Evans, Marty McSorley, Ian Turnbull, Derek Armstrong, Rod Buskas, Glen Murray, Nelson Emerson, Tim Watters, Gary Edwards, Steve Heinze, and Mark Hardy joined the Southern California Toyota Dealers, Anheuser Busch, Coke and Majestic Realty to support the annual fundraiser, held at the Pacific Palm Resort in the City of Industry. The money raised from the tournament totaled $114,000.
Q: What did you think of the golf tournament?
Buskas: “It was awesome. Just going back to LA and seeing all of the guys I used to play with and guys running the team. It’s been a lot of fun, the weather was great and the response was unbelievable.”
Fox: “I think that the venue here at Pacific Palms is one of the best venues I’ve played for a tournament—not only because of the course, but just the whole set-up.”
Turnbull: “I had a great time and it’s always good to be out here for a good cause – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.”
Q: Why are fundraisers like the golf tournament important to you?
Murray: “Everything that I have is because of the game of hockey. You have to give back to the fans and the Kings. I played here for five years and to give back to the community and the Kings Care Foundation and Children’s Hospital…it’s easy to do.”
McSorley: “You’re asking the people of Los Angeles to come out and support the hockey team, which they do and they are very, very loyal. There’s also a need in the community so it’s great when you have a franchise like the LA Kings that steps up and says, ‘you know what, we are responsible, we are going to take some responsibility to help out, give back and have a good presence in the community.’”
Q: What was it like seeing the other alumni?
Watters: “We always like to spin a few stories because we haven’t seen one another in a lot of years. We talked about how good we used to be and reminisced— but it’s just great to get together with our former teammates and even the current Kings fans, I mean, it’s such a fabulous group.”
Buskas: “It’s like nothing’s changed. It’s like you still played together last year. It’s always fun at these events to see people and reunite and talk about old stories from way back when, back when we used to play.”
Q: How was your game?
Watters: “The golf was fabulous. The course was good. All of the Kings staff was so friendly and accommodating. It was really an enjoyable event.”
Q: Best part of the day?
Fox: “To be able to raise money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. It’s something that we take a lot of pride in. We appreciate everyone – the sponsors, alumni, coaching staff, management, and broadcasters – for coming out.