ABERCROMBIE – Time marches on, but some things stay the same for the annual Weeks Celebrity Golf event.
Items were well received and generated strong bidding at the auction last Thursday at the Bluenose Curling Club, while 36 teams helped the event raise more funds for the Week Hockey Organization’s bursary program and other items for the following season during the annual golf scramble at Abercrombie Country Club.
Guest celebrity Denis Savard, who starred with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and later won a Stanley Cup in his second season with the Montreal Canadiens, proved to be a hit with the golfers and fans he met.
Tournament co-chairmen Marty Malcolm and Ed MacLaren said the event was successful as players endured the warm, humid weather conditions.
“We had some great golfers,” MacLaren said. “Denis was very good.”
Savard played golf at Abercrombie on Thursday. He toured the course to meet the teams on Friday before leaving that afternoon.
Colin White, defenceman from Pictou County who helped the New Jersey Devils win two Stanley Cups and played his final season with the San Jose Sharks, was among local players from the near and distant past who played golf on Friday.
White said he is glad to have returned to do alumni work with the Devils.
“It’s great just to be part of it, to give back to the community,” he said. “As a player it’s hard to see a lot. Now I get to see who we’re reaching in the community.”
White said growing family commitments have changed his life after his playing days. He said he enjoys coming home each summer but has made a home for himself and his family in New Jersey.
Former NHL star Denis Savard signs his autograph for Glenn Morton. (Goodwin photo)