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Hockey royalty announced as special guest for Gord Brown Memorial Golf Tournament News Release

Brockville and Kingston, ON: The United Way of Leeds and Grenville and the YMCA of Eastern Ontario are thrilled to announce a special guest for the Gord Brown Memorial Golf Tournament: NHL Hockey Hall of Famer, Larry Robinson!

Robinson is one of the greatest Canadiens and the best Canadiens’ defenceman ever. He has won 10 Stanley Cups, six as a player, three as a coach and one in his current role with the St. Louis Blues. Nicknamed Big Bird for his size – Robinson stands 6’4” – he has won two Norris Trophies and was a first- or second-team all-star six times. His first Norris Trophy was awarded in the 76-77 season, which he finished with 19 goals and 85 points. The following season, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs most valuable player. In 1980, Robinson won his second Norris Trophy. During his 17 years with Montreal and three with the Los Angeles Kings, not once did either team fail to make the playoffs. Robinson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2007, his number 19 was retired in Montreal. Robinson was born in Winchester, Ontario and was raised on a farm in Marvelville. He is a senior consultant to hockey operations for the St. Louis Blues.

“We are extremely excited and proud to have one of Canada's hockey legends join us for this important event for our community,” said Trish Buote, United Way Executive Director. “Larry has done so many things to support local charities in our area. We can’t thank him enough for joining us and helping us raise funds for those most in need.”

Robinson regularly lends his efforts to raising money for worthwhile causes through polo and other endeavours.

Rob Adams, CEO of the YMCA of Eastern Ontario said: “We are thrilled that Larry has chosen to support this event and our community. It speaks to his commitment to charitable work as well as his understanding of community need. Larry is known for raising money for good causes and I think his support for social and health-based programs demonstrates just how important these are.”

The Gord Brown Memorial Golf Tournament is an event of the United Way Leeds and Grenville and the YMCA of Eastern Ontario; all money raised will go directly into programs offered locally, ensuring that our community continues to receive support and programming provided by both charities.

The late MP Gord Brown’s family is extremely happy to support this year’s golf tournament and is proud to continue Gord’s legacy of giving back to our community. Participating in, or sponsoring this event is a way to make Gord’s vision possible.

Golfers of all levels can support a worthy cause and enjoy the beautiful Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course and have the opportunity to golf with a famous sports personality or two. 

Space is filling up fast. To register a team online please visit: http://united-way-leeds-grenville.square.site/  Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For information, please visit the website.

If you would prefer to register a team offline, sponsor the event or have questions please contact Christine Radford. Contact information is below.

About United Way Leeds & Grenville

United Way Leeds & Grenville is a non-profit agency that supports 20 local partner agencies in the community. Its mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. UWLG is dedicated to bringing people together to build vibrant and caring communities. For more information, please visit www.uwlg.org


About YMCA Eastern Ontario

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario is a charity that provides programs and services to improve health and health outcomes, develops leaders, helps build social connections and provides safe, inclusive spaces for

people of all ages. The Y is Canada’s largest provider of childcare with trademarked curricula and offers fitness and other specialized programs including Work Hard Eat Well and Total Life Care. www.eo.ymca.ca



If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact:

Christine Radford

Director, Resource Development

United Way Leeds & Grenville

Email: christine.radford@uwlg.org

Phone: 613-342-8889



For media inquiries or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Colleen Gareau

Director, Marketing & Communication

YMCA Eastern Ontario

Email: colleen.gareau@eo.ymca.ca

Mobile: 613-888-9298