(Edmonton, AB) - Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) has gained three new celebrities for its inaugural Celebrity Pro-Am, Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, newly acquired Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson and seven-time Canadian Long Drive Champ Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk have been added to its already star-studded celebrity lineup teeing off alongside Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada pros. The Celebrity Pro-Am helps kick off the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON to be played at Edmonton's Glendale Golf and Country Club on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Highlighting this year's roster of participating celebrities are current Edmonton Oilers players, Oilers Alumni and local celebrities including:
Kelly Buchberger, Oilers Alumni
Louie DeBrusk, Oilers Alumni
Jordan Eberle , Oilers Forward
Al Hamilton, Oilers Alumni
Matt Hendricks , Oilers Forward
Zack Kassian , Oilers Forward
Marc Kennedy, Canadian Olympian (Curling)
Brett Kissel, Country music singer
Adam Larsson , Oilers Defenceman
Kevin Lowe, Oilers Alumni & OEG Vice Chair
Kevin Martin, Canadian Olympian (Curling)
Bob Nicholson, OEG CEO & Vice Chair
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins , Oilers Forward
Darnell Nurse , Oilers Defenceman
Griffin Reinhart , Oilers Defenceman
Dave Semenko, Oilers Alumni
Craig Simpson, Oilers Alumni
Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk, (7x Canadian Long Drive Champ)
The Mackenzie Tour pros golfing alongside the local celebrities will be announced closer to the event, making the Glendale Golf and Country Club, a 7,264-yard Norman Woods design an exciting spot for all the action on Monday, July 25, 2016.
"The opportunity to work with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and help the community is an easy thing for my teammates and I to embrace," said Oilers forward Jordan Eberle. "We'd love to see our fans come out and spend the day with us and of course, help us raise important funds for Fort McMurray."
Following the Celebrity Pro-Am, 10 celebrities will be participating in the tournament's Celebrity Horse Race - an exciting specialty event which will have 10 teams competing in a fun, crowd-pleasing alternate shot, elimination format that will provide loads of entertainment for all sport fans. Each team will consist of a celebrity and a Mackenzie Tour professional.
Both the Celebrity Pro-Am and Celebrity Horse Race, like the entire Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON, will be in support of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF), who will direct net proceeds to Some Other Solutions (SOS) for Crisis Prevention in Fort McMurray. SOS was significantly impacted by the wildfire and has not been in operation since May, making this funding even more important to their organization's work in the Fort McMurray community.
SOS helps prevent, intervene and support individuals of all ages who are dealing with life challenges. Through counselling, child and youth programming and 24-hour crisis support, SOS will work to ensure the people of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo have the tools and resources to cope effectively with crisis.
The Oilers Foundation continues the Oilers legacy of giving back by contributing its resources and financial support to charitable organizations that serve the communities of Northern Alberta. With a focus on education, health and wellness for youth in Oil Country, the EOCF is dedicated to building strong, vibrant and safe communities by demonstrating philanthropic leadership.
To purchase tickets for the Celebrity Pro-Am or to register as a volunteer or caddie, please visit oilcountrychampionship.com.