They weren't booing, they were Louing at Jake Milford Charity golf tournament
Ovations for Roberto Luongo, John Ashbridge at Northview Golf Course
SCENE & HEARD: A couple of impromptu ovations erupted from the Northview Golf Course banquet room Wednesday night during dinner at the 29th annual Jake Milford Charity Invitational golf tournament.
The first was when master of ceremonies John Shorthouse acknowledged the presence of Roberto Luongo, who really didn’t have to be there with his next hockey residence in limbo. The second was when Canucks’ captain Henrik Sedin went to the podium and asked his teammates to join him in a toast to the Canucks’ Alumni. One alumnus — public address announcer John Ashbridge — was being honoured as this year’s winner of the Jake Milford Award.
Behind-the-scenes tournament organizer Karen Christianson from the Canucks’ front office shared unsung hero accolades with Northview course owners Chick and Marilyn Stewart, who had their facility in immaculate shape.
HERE ‘N’ THERE: In response to last week’s item about the passing of “Mr. Hockey of the Kootenays” Gus Adams, this note from Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada: “Cari and I are on holidays on a small island about 100 miles from Barbados. Please extend my condolences to the family, including Greg Adams and Danny Gare. I adored Mr. Adams’ Hotel in Nelson with the beveled beer glasses and the service. Nelson is magic. Gus Adams helped make it so!”
SHORT HOPS: A buzz went through Langley’s packed Thunderbird Show Park when Burnaby native Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers purchased a yearling at the annual Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (B.C.) sale on Tuesday. The NHL’s rookie-of-the-year finalist from last season paid $27,000 for the yet-to-be named chestnut filly.
John McLean, 74 last week, joined a group of young guys at the YMCA on Burrard for a spontaneous free-throw showdown. Seven straight was the number he had to beat. McLean, a Magee High School grad and UBC alumnus, nailed 61 free throws in a row as jaws dropped from the crowd that quickly gathered. “I was getting tired and although I didn’t try to miss on purpose, I was glad when I did,” he said. “I’ve never been in a groove like that before.” McLean still plays weekly games for the Tuesday Knights at Eric Hamber High School.
END ZONE: When the sold-out BC Sports Hall of Fame Dinner patrons arrive at the Convention Centre Thursday night they will be greeted by a “Sports in Focus” gallery of photos by Ralph Bower dating back to 1955. The display of 50 black-and-white collectibles cover everything from hockey, football, baseball, lacrosse, horse racing and logger sports. Bower spent 41 years as a Vancouver Sun photographer and relives the excitement of his career by donating photos from his collection to non-profit organizations for fund-raising purposes. His wife Joan, who doubles as his agent, can be reached at email@example.com
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