MANCHESTER, NH – Kathy Bailey, her son Todd Bailey and members of their family will be joined by an A-List of hockey celebrities for the seventh annual Ace Bailey Golf Classic at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford, New Hampshire, on Monday, June 16. In addition to the Bailey family, President of the American Hockey League Dave Andrews will join members of the Manchester Monarchs staff that include Head Coach Mark Morris, Assistant Coach Scott Pellerin and Director of Hockey Operations Hubie McDonough, as well as Los Angeles Kings Director of Pro Development Mike O'Connell. Former Monarchs General Manager Kevin Gilmore and the first Head Coach in franchise history, current Head Coach of the Washington Capitals, Bruce Boudreau will also be returning for the tournament. Other A-List hockey celebrities include former Boston Bruins and former Kings Head Coach Robbie Ftorek and former Bruins players Bob Beers, Steve Kasper, Don Marcotte, Brad Park, and Don Sweeney. Current and former Monarchs players Derek Bekar, Brian Boyle, Brendan Buckley, Sam Ftorek, Gabe Gauthier, Jeff Giuliano, Eric Healey, Doug Nolan and Richard Seeley will also be hitting the links in memory of Ace.
Additional celebrity golfers include Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Gaudet, former University of New Hampshire Wildcat and current New York Rangers Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark, USA Women's Olympics Gold Medalists Colleen Coyne and Tara Mounsey, former University of New Hampshire Wildcat and former Bruin Mark Mowers and Albany River Rats Head Coach Tom Rowe.
The Monarchs Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Monarchs, will host this year's tournament with proceeds from the event earmarked for the Level 2 Special Care Nursery at Catholic Medical Center and The Ace Bailey Children's Foundation.
The Ace Bailey Golf Classic is held annually to honor the memory of Garnet "Ace" Bailey, who served as the Kings Director of Pro Scouting until his death on September 11, 2001. Bailey was a passenger aboard United Flight 175 and was lost in the tragic events of the day.
"Ace was a special part of our organization and the hockey community; it is an honor for the Monarchs Care Foundation to host this year's Ace Bailey Golf Classic," said Jeff Eisenberg, President of the Monarchs. "His joy and fun-loving spirit touched not only his teammates and coworkers but everyone he met. The tournament has raised nearly $230,000 over the last six years and we plan on continuing to raise money in Ace's memory as we celebrate his life and his love for children."
Registration for this year's tournament is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 16 with a shotgun start slated for 12:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided for those competing in the tournament with an awards dinner as well as both a live and silent auction to follow the action on the course. WMUR Channel 9 Sports personality Jamie Staton will host the dinner. The auctions will feature sports memorabilia from some of the biggest names in sports. A fifth celebrity player will accompany each foursome on the course.
Limited space remains for additional foursomes. For more information on how to participate or how to become a tournament sponsor, contact Cheryl Abbott, the Monarchs Senior Vice President, at (603) 626-7825, extension 6102 or visit the Monarchs on-line at www.manchestermonarchs.com. Abbott can also be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.