Boudreau's New Charity and Other Notes
Here are a few development camp notes I didn't get around to posting earlier:
*Coach Bruce Boudreau announced a new charity he's spearheading, The Bruce Boudreau-John Anderson Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament. It's set for July 27 at Lionhead Golf and Country Club in suburban Toronto and it will benefit kids in the Greater Toronto Hockey League who have the talent - but not the money - to play on top travel teams.
"We're going to be able to pay their tuition, which is about $4,000 a year to play travel hockey," Boudreau said. "And then CCM is going to outfit them from head to toe. We want to give them a start, the opportunity to see how good they are. ...With all the auction items, if we could raise $40,000 or $50,000, it might be a lot more depending on how much the auction items go for."
Boudreau said the tournament has already sold every spots in 36 foursomes. Some of the celebrities include Caps Dave Steckel, Matt Bradley, Mike Green and John Erskine. Other NHLers include Mike Cammalleri, Dennis Wideman, Matt Stajan and Brad Boyes. Don Cherry will also be there.
But back to the auction items for a sec. How does a flight to DC to have dinner with Alex Ovechkin and watch a Redskins game from the field sound? Or an Ovechkin all-star jersey - autographed by all the Eastern Conference all-stars? Or being a stickboy for the Leafs for a day?
Caps part owner Raul Fernandez is attending the Toronto tournament to see how it goes and gauge the feasibility of organizing a similar event in the DC area.
"We know the expense of hockey," Boudreau said. "If we could just help a tiny bit and get this thing going, and people all over the country start doing stuff like this, it would be great."
*Joe Finely, the 6-7 defenseman I wrote about in today's Post, skated as a forward in drills today. He was moved to forward to even up the two groups after the injuries to Steffan Della Rovere (shoulder) and Anton Gustafsson. But that wasn't the only reason. GM George McPhee said he wanted to get a look a big guy skating up front and crashing the net.
"He could be a forward; he skates pretty well for a big guy," McPhee said. "He does. He's got hands, he can shoot, he can skate. He looked pretty good out there to me."
*Doesn't look like Della Rovere will play in tomorrow's 10 a.m. scrimmage. McPhee said he needs to give the shoulder a rest for a week to 10 days.
*Gustafsson's concussion, by the way, is the second he's had this year, McPhee confirmed.
*Veteran Brooks Laich stopped by rookie camp this morning. He met informally with some of the prospects and took a few of youngsters to lunch.
*The Caps also made a minor deal today, trading defenseman Keith Seabrook to the Flames for future considerations.
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