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NHL, WHA legends here to help charity

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Habs legend Yvan Cournoyer and his jersey in the Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame in Montreal.

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Habs legend Yvan Cournoyer and his jersey in the Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame in Montreal.

A lot of Stanley Cup and Avco Cup rings will come to Winnipeg this week.

A who's who of hockey royalty will descend upon the city for several fundraising events in support of the Amadeus Steen Foundation.

Luminaries such as Yvan Cournoyer, (10 Stanley Cup rings, second all-time), Ab McDonald (four rings) and all three members of the Winnipeg Jets Hot Line (Bobby Hull, one Stanley Cup ring, two Avco Cup rings), Ulf Nilsson (two Avco Cup rings) and Anders Hedberg (two Avco Cup rings), as well as many others will be on hand for a charity auction on Wednesday at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre and the golf tournament at Glendale Golf & Country Club the following day. A smaller group will participate in the Bobby Hull Fishing Experience on July 12 and 13.

The golf tournament is sold out, with more than 200 golfers signed up. (Each one will have a current or former NHLer in their foursome). But if you want to get a summer hockey fix there are still tickets available for the auction at any Canad Inns hotel, the Met or on the foundation's website (amadeussteenfoundation.org). Fifty dollars gets you in, a buffet meal and the ability to bid on dozens of memorabilia items, including signed and framed jerseys belonging to Bobby Orr, Jean Beliveau, Brett Hull and Cournoyer, who will sign it.

Dawn Soloway, director of the Amadeus Steen Foundation, said more than $1.5 million has been raised for local children's charities over the past six years.

"Every penny goes to the charity of our choice. We built a room at the Children's Hospital. This year, we're supporting the Rehabilitation Centre for Children," she said.

A number of players, including Bobby Hull, Nilsson and Thomas Steen, will pay a visit to the rehab centre to meet some young patients, pose for some pictures and give them a much-needed break from their rehabilitation.

Many players will also be attending the funeral of Don Baizley, perhaps the most respected player agent in the game, who represented players such as Hedberg, Nilsson, Theo Fleury, Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Paul Kariya, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the MTS Centre.

The foundation is named in honour of the youngest brother of St. Louis Blues star, Alex Steen, and son of former Winnipeg Jet Thomas Steen. Amadeus Steen died from a heart ailment as a baby.

geoff.kirbyson@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 9, 2013 A2

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