Hawks trade in hockey sticks for golf clubs

Hawks trade in hockey sticks for golf clubs
July 29, 2013, 4:15 pm
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After a hectic weekend of Q&As, autograph sessions and meeting fans at the Blackhawks Convention, a few members of the Hawks organization made their way to the Edgewood Valley Golf course where former Blackhawks player and coach Denis Savard held his annual golf outing.

"It was definitely a fun weekend. Everybody was crazy about winning the championship. Seeing everybody smiling and enjoying the weekend was great," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said about his time at the Convention. "Then we get to come and have fun. We have a great group here [at the outing]."

This is the fourth year Savard and his foundation have put on the celebrity golf outing, saying it's a fun way to raise money for all the foundations.

"We try to help out six different foundations in the Chicagoland area," Savard said. "One [foundation] is Blackhawks charities, Chicago Blackhawks alumni who help to put kids thru college, USO the men and women who keep us safe at home.

Lydia Home is another one helps kids who are abandoned by their parents. Ronald McDonald House, we are very proud to be associated with them and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It's a great day, we raised a lot of money for kids."

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp, guys who have played under Savard during his time as head coach, attended the event as well as others like general manager Stan Bowman, Pat Foley and many more.

"Savard does a great job putting this golf tournament on and he is a tremendous person," Toews said.

Not only does everyone participating get to show their support for the many foundations but they get to show off their golf skills as well.

"I think pretty much all hockey players are pretty good at golfers," Savard said. "The fact that it's summer, we're off, we are able to play a lot more times than other people, so they shoot pretty good."

As far as the best golfer on the Blackhawks championship team goes, Toews wouldn't say he is the best but he will say he is "up there."

"We've only played a couple holes and it's still in one piece right now," said Toews on his golf game. "Hopefully it keeps going that way."

Coach Q agrees with Toews saying he does have a pretty impressive golf game, but would say Sharp probably takes the cake when it comes to being the best on the green.

"Wow, that's high praise, I'll take that," Sharp said when he heard his coach gave him the title of "Best Golfer" adding, "as long as he thinks I'm a good hockey player too and gives me some ice time."