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Baseball, Golf and a Wedding

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Ryane Clowe has a couple of big things planned for the summer back home in his native Newfoundland. However, at the same time, he’s hanging around San Jose for a bit before rushing home.

“I’ll stick around here for a bit,” Clowe said. “Usually I fly back for July and August.”

(left to right) Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton, Ryane Clowe and Douglas Murray video taped best wishes to the San Francisco Giants last year when they won the World Series (photo by San Jose Sharks).

While he’s in the Bay Area, Clowe will be visiting AT&T Park to watch the San Francisco Giants.

“I love to go to Giants games, I’ve been to a couple already,” Clowe said. “I’m probably going to head up tonight (the Giants play Cincinnati in the second of a four-game series). I like to take in as many baseball games as I can before I leave.”

California may be the better locale for winter, but summer in Newfoundland is extremely pleasant. And more importantly, home.

“Back there in the summer, there’s pretty good weather and you get to see family and friends,” Clowe said. “Just like everyone else, I like to go home for a bit.”

Clowe doesn’t put a lot on his itinerary upon landing three-and-a-half time zones away (yes, Newfoundland is a half-hour ahead of Eastern Time).

“When I go back home, I just enjoy spending time with the family and seeing people I haven’t seen all year,” Clowe said. “(San Jose) is not very close for people to come down and visit. I just catch up with everyone and see how they’ve been.”

While Clowe’s summer schedule will be pretty wide open, he does have something set on his docket for Fridays.

“I get together with some buddies to play Friday golf,” Clowe said.

Clowe will also use golf, and his status as one of the few National Hockey Leaguers from Newfoundland, for a worthy cause: the third annual Ryane Clowe Golf Classic in the last week of July.

“I donate to the proceeds to the REAL Program back home,” Clowe said. “It’s a local program that gives underprivileged kids a chance to play sports. Not only sports, they can do anything -- piano, dancing. It gives them an opportunity to get involved in stuff they wouldn’t have (otherwise). It’s a really good program and it’s nice to give back to the kids.”

Those Sharks already committed for this year include Niclas Wallin, Dany Heatley and Jason Demers.

“I look forward to my charity golf tournament every summer,” Clowe said. “This is my third year. Some guys come down for that and it’s always a good time.”

Oddly enough, Clowe won’t even touch a club during his one-day tournament.

“Most of the time I don’t even play,” Clowe said. “They’ve just got me driving around to each group taking pictures.”

However, Clowe’s third annual golf tournament won’t be the biggest event of the summer for him. That designation is reserved for his wedding. There’s no firm date yet, but Clowe and his fiancé aren’t concerned.

“We haven’t set a date yet, but we only got engaged over Christmas,” Clowe said. “We’ll get to it. It’s probably just a destination thing.”

Besides visiting friends and family, playing Friday golf, playing host to his golf tournament and his wedding, Clowe will be getting ready for the 2011-12 season. Clowe’s physical style of play requires him to get some rest before he begins workouts.

“The last couple of years, we’ve gone pretty deep and played 110 games,” Clowe said. “You’ve got to rest the body. Rest is a weapon and you have to give yourself a month when you go deep in the playoffs. Rest not only your body, but rest mentally. Then when you get back at it you’re focused.”

And there’s no doubt Clowe will be focused on getting the Sharks to the Stanley Cup Final next season.

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