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Scotiabank and Gordie Howe begin season-long Pro-Am tournaments to raise funds for Alzheimers

If you were wondering why Gordie Howe was attending the Sharks-Canucks game on Thursday, he was highly likely to be attending the game as a guest of the Vancouver Giants' ownership (Howe was once a part-owner of the team), and the Vancouver Province's Ian Austin reports that Vancouver happens to be hosting a ScotiaBank Pro-Am to help raise funds for Alzheimers' research:

Hockey fans are always quick to point out when one of those NHL wingers blows a scoring chance — in their minds, of course, they woulda buried it. So Saturday, thanks to the Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer’s Tournament, I got to find out just how it feels to get one of those great National Hockey League passes — actually, two, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

The teams in the tourney get to draft bonafide NHL stars, and with the fifth pick The Province Sports “Go Big” team landed Dave Babych — a member of hockey’s royalty of yesteryear as the No. 2 overall pick back in 1980.

Along with NHL fourth-rounder Larry Melnyk, it gave the hard-partying Province team a fighting chance in an early-morning game.

“No puking on the ice — there’s a bucket at the end of the bench,” said one helpful team member.

“Does anyone have a morphine drip for my headache?” moaned another.

Continued, and the tournament's website is here. Scotiabank happens to hold Pro-Ams across Canada--in Vancouver, in Calgary (this year; it alternates between Calgary and Edmonton from year to year) and in Toronto--from November to April, and Howe and Alzheimer's research are its cruxes. He was a passionate advocate for Alzheimers research when he was better, and he remains inolved in the tournaments despite battling dementia himself. I don't know what to add to that but it's pretty special.

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