August 11, 2017 12:01 pm
Updated: August 11, 2017 12:08 pm

London Knights host 16th annual charity golf tournament in Komoka

Golf carts line the path at Fire Rock Golf Club in Komoka

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Every year the London Knights host a charity golf tournament and donate the proceedings to their partnering charity.

The tournament, held at Fire Rock Golf Club in Komoka, pairs a team of five golfers with a London Knights Alumni celebrity golfer to round out a team of six.

Among the participants at the 16th annual tournament are Olli Maatta, Seth Griffith, and Matt and Ryan Rupert.

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Before Friday’s event, the London Knights held an awards night, honouring their best and brightest, and giving final farewells to graduating players.

17 player awards for last’s season’s performance were handed out.

Goaltender Tyler Parsons took home the Most Valuable Player award, while Olli Juolevi and Victor Mete both won the Best Defenseman award. Mete was also voted by his teammates as the Players Player.

Knights’ captain from 2016-17, J.J. Piccinich was given the Don Brankley Community Service award. He signed his first professional contract this summer and is headed to the Toronto Marlies.

“I want to be an impact player. You take every off-season to try to get bigger and faster. I’ve been doing good so far in my off-season, in my opinion, and I’m just looking forward to being an impact player with the Marlies,” said Piccinich.

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Other awards include the Most Improved Player award, which went to Evan Bouchard.

In his final junior season, Owen MacDonald won the Intensity Award and says he’ll always have fond memories of his time with the London Knights.

“Just the culture and the family around the whole organization is what I’ll probably miss the most. Other than that, winning the Memorial Cup was the most special moment of my career and life. That was pretty crazy,” said MacDonald.

Max Jones was named Hardest Working Knight and will be back for Knights training camp during the final week of August before he heads to training camp with the Anaheim Ducks.

“It’s definitely different [in California]. I wore flip-flops and shorts every day, I know those guys do too. Those guys drive convertibles and their tops are always down. It’s pretty funny to see that compared to someone up here in London. [In London] the windows are up you’re blasting the heat. It’s definitely different.”

All proceeds from this year’s tournament will go to Participation House Support Services in Komoka, a charity that supports individuals with developmental or complex physical needs in the community.

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