Cougars swinging for charity

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The proof will be on the course this weekend at Prince George Golf and Curling Club when a group of former Western Hockey League Cats get together for Prince George Cougars Alumni Hospital Charity Golf Tournament.

The eighth annual fundraiser for the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation is once again a complete sellout and organizers are hopeful the event will continue its string of success raising money to purchase hospital equipment in northern B.C. The tournament has raised more than $500,000 over the past seven years.

In the previous three years, the money was earmarked for cardiac care equipment. This year the goal is to raise at least $80,000 to buy a Vivid O Ultrasound Laboratory used by anesthesiologists at UHNBC.

Former Cougars Eric Brewer (1995-98), Nick Drazenovic (2002-07), Chase Witala (2011-16) Ronald Petrovicky (1994-97) and Ty Edmonds (2013-17) are entered, along with the three graduating players from last year's team - Josh Curtis (2015-19), Joel Lakusta (2015-19) and Mike MacLean (2018-19).

They will join the rest of the alumni gathering at CN Centre on Friday afternoon for an autograph session/media availability from 4:30-5:30 p.m. A buffet dinner at the rink will follow. A live auction will allow bidders to choose which players or Cougars staff they want to have in their foursomes on the course for Saturday's round. A catered dinner will follow at PGGCC.

Northland Auto Group is the tournament's title sponsor, while Ken Goss (Remax Centre City Reality), Scotiabank and Pomeroy Lodging are Gold Sponsors and Preston Mobility is a Silver Sponsor.

Cougars defenceman Cole Moberg will attend the Chicago Blackhawks development camp next week in Chicago. The 18-year-old from North Vancouver was selected by the 'Hawks in the seventh-round, 194th overall, in the NHL Draft June 22. Moberg is among 36 players expected at the camp, which starts Monday and ends the following Friday.

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