ABERCROMBIE — It was another successful two days for the annual Weeks celebrity golf tournament.
The event featured many returning celebrities to play on the 36 golf teams that gathered for the annual dinner and auction on Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and the scramble that was played on Friday at Abercrombie Country Club.
The list included former local NHL players, such as Colin White, Jon Sim and Lowell MacDonald and special guest celebrity Dave “Tiger” Williams.
White is an ambassador for the New Jersey Devils, the NHL team for whom he played for parts of 11 seasons and helped win two Stanley Cups.
“I’m working with a good group of guys,” White said. “It’s good to be able to have this life after hockey.”
He said he is enthused over how the Devils have improved their roster through the entry draft and trades.
“It’s good to see,” he said.
“I think we’re a better team with who we have now like (first round pick) Jack Hughes and (defenceman) P.K. Subban,” he said.
Williams played 17 seasons in the NHL and is most remembered for the first six seasons he played with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He became a productive player while playing left wing on a line that featured centre Darryl Sittler and right ring Lanny McDonald. But he was part of a trade that then Leafs coach and general manager engineered in the 1979-80 season to send him to the Vancouver Canucks for youngsters Rick Vaive and Bill Derlago.
Williams said he regretted not being their teammate so he could share his hockey knowledge and experience. He had 22 goals when the trade occurred and added eight more goals that season with the Canucks. He then had his best season with 35 goals in 1980-81.
“I never wanted to leave Toronto,” Williams said. “Vaive and Derlago, they needed a big brother. The way Billy could pass and the way Rick could shoot — it’s a dream.”
Vaive scored 441 goals in his career and scored least 50 goals in three straight seasons with the Leafs.
Derlago scored 40 goals in one season and more than 30 goals and other three seasons. He was less productive after he was traded to the Boston Bruins and played just another three seasons in the NHL.
From left: guest celebrity Dave “Tiger” Williams visits with Duane Cleary and Colin White. (Goodwin photo)