Get­ting kids play­ing hockey

Celebrity din­ner, golf tour­na­ment tak­ing place next week in P.E.I.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON MAL­LOY

Forbes Kennedy will be honoured dur­ing a cel­e­bra­tion next week in Char­lot­te­town.

There will be a spe­cial trib­ute to the Char­lot­te­town res­i­dent dur­ing the TD Bank Celebrity Din­ner and Auc­tion Wed­nes­day at 6 p.m. at the Delta Prince Ed­ward.

It is the first of two events con­nected with the Mar­itime NHLers For Kids event. The sec­ond is the Canadian Tire Celebrity Golf Tour­na­ment, which goes Thurs­day at the Links at Crow­bush Cove.

Pro­ceeds from the two events go to the Canadian Tire Jump­start Char­i­ties to help Mar­itime kids in need play hockey.

“We’re fired up. We’re ready to go,” said Chris Larsen, Mar­itime NHL’ers 4 Kids man­ag­ing di­rec­tor. “It’s for all the right rea­son – let’s get kids on the ice, let’s re­move the fi­nan­cial bar­ri­ers that pre­vent them from be­ing there.”

He said it is the first time they are pay­ing trib­ute to one per­son dur­ing the 18-year his­tory of the event.

There’s “no­body more wor­thy in Prince Ed­ward Is­land than Forbes. I’ve come to call him the pa­tri­arch of hockey in P.E.I.,” he said.

Larsen sighted the ven­er­a­ble and colour­ful Kennedy’s 13-year ca­reer that saw him play for four teams dur­ing the Orig­i­nal Six era. He then came back to the Is­land and coached hockey and base­ball.

“So many kids on Prince Ed­ward Is­land had the great for­tune of be­ing coached by For­bie Kennedy,” Larsen said.

One of those play­ers who learned from Kennedy was

Dave Cameron.

“For­bie re­minds me all the time, I never would have played pro hockey if I didn’t at­tend his hockey school at the Char­lot­te­town Fo­rum,” Cameron told a news con­fer­ence on Thurs­day. “There’s not many guys in that mid­dle range now that For­bie hasn’t coached at some level or an­other and I run into them all the time. . . I’ve never heard any of them say a bad word about Forbes Kennedy.”

Kennedy is ap­pre­cia­tive of the hon­our but said he wasn’t ex­pect­ing it.

He’s been in­volved with the

tour­na­ment is full, but there are still tick­ets avail­able for the din­ner and auc­tion and they can be pur­chased on­line through www. mar­iti­menhlers­forkids.com.

Last year – Cheques were pre­sented ear­lier this year to Jump­start char­i­ties in Char­lot­te­town, Monc­ton and Digby, N.S., for a com­bined $71,000, which was raised in the 2016 event. The P.E.I. Jump­start chap­ter’s por­tion was $23,666.

Did you know? – The tour­na­ment has been held in P.E.I. four times in the past, in­clud­ing at the Crow­bush, Glas­gow Hills, An­der­sons Creek and Green Gables cour­ses.

Celebri­ties

Frank Beaton, re­tired player from Nova Sco­tia.

An­drew Bod­nar­chuk (N.S.), Dal­las Stars player

QQQ­tour­na­ment since Day 1 and said the or­ga­niz­ers put so much work into it and the cause is so im­por­tant that it is easy tak­ing part.

“Peo­ple don’t re­al­ize . . . we were ama­teurs, too, at one time,” he said. “We were kids and we had peo­ple help­ing us out, so what goes around comes around. Now it’s time for us to (give) some­thing back.”

Re­tired NHLer Al Ma­cAdam and for­mer na­tional ju­nior team mem­ber Shan­non Ma­cAulay also took part in Thurs­day’s news con­fer­ence. Ma­cAulay, who won the NCAA Di­vi­sion 1 ti­tle with the Clark­son Golden

Dennis Bon­vie (N.S.), Boston Bru­ins man­age­ment

Rick Bow­ness (N.S.), Tampa Bay Light­ning coach

Ryan Bow­ness (N.S.), Pitts­burgh Pen­guins man­age­ment Dave Cameron (P.E.I.), Cal­gary Flames coach

Kevin Devine (P.E.I.), Buf­falo Sabres man­age­ment

Joe DiPenta, re­tired player from Nova Sco­tia.

Doug Doull, re­tired player from Nova Sco­tia.

Mark Flood (P.E.I.), cur­rent player in Europe

Alex Gal­lant (P.E.I.), Tampa Bay Light­ning player

Brett Gal­lant (P.E.I.), Cur­rent player

Gerard Gal­lant (P.E.I.), Ve­gas Golden Knights coach

Alex Grant (N.S.), Ari­zona Coy­otes Knights, said she was honoured and ex­cited to take part in the event this year.

“To have a group of peo­ple that are all pulling to­gether in that same di­rec­tion, have the same pas­sion, that’s cool,” she said.

She said hockey has been her life and added the sport has taught her many life skills that go way be­yond wins and losses.

The golf tour­na­ment, which is al­co­hol free, will see 130 mi­nor hockey play­ers caddy dur­ing the day.

“There’s not a whole lot of cad­dy­ing go­ing on,” Larsen said. “It’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for

player

Ryan Graves, (N.S.), New York Rangers player

Ed­die John­ston, Pitts­burgh Pen­guins man­age­ment

Mike Kelly (P.E.I.), Ve­gas Golden Knights

Forbes Kennedy, re­tired player from P.E.I.

Al Ma­cAdam, re­tired player from P.E.I.

Shan­non Ma­cAulay (P.E.I.), NCAA cham­pion with Clark­son Knights. Stephen Ma­cAulay (N.S.), Cur­rent player

Zack MacEwen (P.E.I.), Van­cou­ver Canucks player

Drew MacIn­tyre (P.E.I.), Cur­rent player in Europe

Paul MacLean (N.S.), NHL coach. Ma­son McDon­ald (N.S.), Cal­gary Flames player

Liam O’Brien (N.S.), Wash­ing­ton th­ese kids (to) spend a day at the golf course with busi­ness lead­ers and hockey he­roes.”

Kennedy, who turns 82 in Au­gust, re­tired from the city af­ter a bout with pneu­mo­nia dur­ing the win­ter.

Kennedy can still be found in the rinks and fields around the prov­ince. He en­joys watch­ing the young kids play the sport, but he would like to see more hus­tle.

“In my day . . . you didn’t walk from the ball field into the dugout, you ran in,” he said. “It doesn’t take any abil­ity to hus­tle. I don’t care how they play, as long as they give 100 per cent.”

Cap­i­tals player

Ryan Penny (N.S.), Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors player

Lo­gan Shaw (N.S.), Ana­heim Ducks player

Er­rol Thomp­son, re­tired player from P.E.I.

Ge­off Walker (P.E.I.), cur­rent player in Europe

Spe­cial guests

Paul Con­sta­ble, the Canadian Tire guy

Lorie Kane (P.E.I.), Canadian Golf Hall of Famer

Heather Moyse (P.E.I.), two-time Olympic gold medal­list.

Am­bas­sadors

Kent Payn­ter, re­tired player from P.E.I.

Bobby MacMil­lan, re­tired player from P.E.I.

Lo­gan MacMil­lan, cur­rent player in Europe.

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JA­SON MAL­LOY/THE GUARDIAN

Re­tired NHLer Forbes Kennedy will be tak­ing part in the up­com­ing Mar­itime NHLers For Kids golf tour­na­ment with Ava Bur­goyne, cen­tre, and Shan­non Ma­cAulay. They at­tended a news con­fer­ence about the event on Thurs­day.

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