This is a big off-season for Kings center Jarret Stoll
...but it has nothing to do with anything on the ice. It’s big because this year he expects to reach the $1 million mark in fundraising for his annual “Jarret Stoll
Celebrity Golf Classic.”
Stoll’s golf tournament, now in its sixth year, takes place June 24 at the Moonlake Golf and Country Club in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – with a special autograph event the day before.
More than $750,000 has been raised during the first five years of the tournament. Proceeds go to the Jarret Stoll
Comfort Endowment Fund for sick children at Royal University Hospital, also located in Saskatoon.
“This event has gotten bigger and bigger every year and we’re always trying to raise good money for children and their families,” Stoll said. “Our goal this year is to get to a million dollars and we’re pretty confident we’re going to do it. It’ll be a pretty big milestone.”
The Endowment Fund assists in providing items such as TV/DVD units for all patient rooms, comfortable sleeping chairs, blanket warmers and educational games for a soothing, healing and comfortable environment for young patients and their families.
“Obviously, kids in the hospital is a terrible thing, but spending months on end in a hospital can be grueling on a family,” Stoll said. “So this hopefully helps the kids feel more comfortable and helps them through their ailments. And the good thing about the Endowment Fund is that it keeps growing and growing.”
Several NHLers will be participating in the event, including Kings teammates Brad Richardson
, Brayden Schenn and Drew Doughty
. Other NHLers include:
Keith Aulie (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Paul Bissonnette (PAoenix Coyotes)
Tyler Bozak (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Sheldon Brookbank (Anaheim Ducks)
Scott Hartnell (Philadelphia Flyers)
Darcy Hordichuk (Florida Panthers)
Clarke MacArthur (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Ethan Moreau (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Shane O’Brien (Nashville Predators)
Steve Ott (Dallas Stars)
Luke Schenn (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Nick Schultz (Minnesota Wild)
Gerry Nelson, Canadian Blind Golf Champion will also be attending the event.
“I try and get between 15 and 20 NHL guys every year and their support is just incredible, especially because everyone is so busy and has their own lives and families,” Stoll said. “The guys are helping and that’s just a reason why they’re good people and good friends. It’s important and it means a lot for sure.”
Stoll’s tournament, which started in 2006, is one of the initiatives for the Royal University Hospital Foundation. Since its inception in 1983, the RUH Foundation has raised $70 million for priority projects at the hospital.
“I wanted to do something for children and the people at the hospital were great and let me have the type of tournament that I wanted to have,” Stoll said. “It’s a great time, fun event and we’re able to raise a lot of money.”
If you want to contribute to the Jarret Stoll
Comfort Endowment Fund call 306-655-6501. For more information on the tournament log onto www.jarretstollgolf.com