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Leafs take a break from camp to hit the links

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
by Tony Care

Not even rain or black clouds could prevent players, coaches and management from participating in the 10th Anniversary Toronto Maple Leaf Charity Golf Classic, which was presented by Molson Canadian and TSN.

All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Go Kids Go! The Leaf Fund, ProAction & Geneva Centre for Autism. Since it's inception, The Leafs Charity Golf Classic has raised more than $600,000 for charities throughout Toronto.

"This team is so popular and I think we should do it for things like that," said Mikael Renberg, one of the newest Leafs. "I think it means a lot (to the players). Sometimes you really have to use the fact that the team is so popular at a time like this."

The Leaf organization along with members of the corporate world got together to help raise funds during a day golf and mingling. All foursomes were captained by a Leaf representative. The day's activities included the Warner Brothers putting contest, the Ford Off-Ice Hockey tour slap-shot competition, the Ford Hole-in-One, Harley Davidson Hole-in-One, Bell Mobility Closest-to-the-Pin and Reds Bistro and Bar Wine Tasting.

"It's a great cause," said Leaf forward Shayne Corson. "It's a lot of fun to get out here and meet a lot of people. It's fun for me to get out and do these types of things. These charity events are very important for our players to get involved in. It makes us feel good and it's a way for us to give something back to the community.

Corson said that players are grateful for the support of the Toronto community.

"I think it's important for us to be involved in the community because they do some much for us," he said. "They pay our salaries basically. They come out and support us when we're playing our game and for us to come out and give something back to the community is important for us as players. It's a way of showing them that we care and we want to help in any way we can.
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