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Gagne enjoys day of golf with Cup in Quebec

by Tal Pinchevsky

Eleven months after Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron brought the Stanley Cup to Quebec City, enjoying a nice breakfast with the trophy at the city's historic Chateau Frontenac hotel, another native son brought the Cup to town.

With a golf tournament followed by a public event at the Le Relais ski resort just a few miles north of the city, Los Angeles Kings forward Simon Gagne made it a Friday the 13th to remember in La Belle Province's capital city.

After receiving the Cup in the morning and enjoying a family brunch, the Gagne was escorted by local police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police to the Golf de la Faune resort, where he kicked off his annual golf tournament with the Cup serving as the guest of honor. This year marked the 11th edition of the annual tournament, which has contributed $600,000 over the years to children's cancer charities.

After five hours of enjoying golf and some perfect weather, the plan was for the Cup to be unveiled to the public at 4:30 p.m. at the ski resort, where countless locals were expected to line up to see it. By collecting VIP passes distributed around town throughout the week, 110 lucky locals won an opportunity to be photographed with the Cup and Gagne.

The similarities between Gagne and Bergeron don't end with their hometown. A week before Gagne received the Cup in Lac Beauport, the two players announced plans for the fourth installment of their annual pro-am hockey tournament, which will be held in the area on Aug. 9. The event has raised thousands of dollars for charities benefiting sick children and will welcome a variety of NHL players, including Gagne's teammate Jonathan Bernier, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, David Desharnais, Alex Tanguay and Maxime Talbot.

It was at the press conference announcing the pro-am event that Gagne shared his plan for his day with the Cup.

"I'm organizing it so that it is perfect," he said. "That day is the one you spend with your family, your parents, your friends and everyone who has been rooting for you all these years."

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