DETROIT – Before training camp morphs into the rigors of the season, the Red Wings will hit the links in support of someone they collectively and, truly admire.
On Monday, every player on the Red Wings current NHL roster will participate in the 15th annual Ted Lindsay Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing to raise money to help researchers find a cure for autism.
“It’s a great opportunity for us as players to show him our support,” Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “What he’s done for this organization, and really for the autism society with all the people that he gets involved and the money he’s raised, it’s really opened up a lot of doors for people with autism.
“So for us to get out there it’s a true honor to be a part of it.”
The Red Wings’ legend and Hockey Hall of Famer, who turned 90 years old in July, established the foundation, along with John Czarnecki, the father of a nine-year-old boy with autism, in 2001.
The foundation raises funds through its annual September golf outing, which has received tremendous supported from the Red Wings and other local celebrities.
Since its inception, the Ted Lindsay Foundation has raised more than $2 million for autism research.
It’s an event that Kronwall says the players wouldn’t miss.
“He comes around here every so often, and it’s so nice,” Kronwall said of Lindsay, who won four Stanley Cup championships as a member of the Wings' dynasty of the 1950s. “It’s pretty remarkable how humble he is and the kind of person he is for having all of the success that he had. But that also goes to show you that he’s a true Red Wing, and for the guys who come in here they see how he acts, how he treats people, whether that’s your teammates, fans or media. He’s always very respectful and always a very classy guy. I think guys look up to that and try to do the same thing.”
This year’s outing will take place this Monday at Pine Lake County Club in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. Proceeds go directly to our research efforts.
To secure a foursome, please contact Lew LaPaugh at 248-202-6194, or Don Fichter at 248-755-8026.