I had the pleasure of playing in the NHL Charity Golf Event in July 2003, in a foursome with (at that time) Stanley Cup Champion and New Jersey Devil Scott Gomez. That shot is from the Medina Country Club, after we had once again dug divots in the fairway deep enough to hide a golf cart and deposited an entire sleeve of balls in the water trap. Our foursome finished dead last in a best-ball scramble event where there are more gimmes and shaved strokes than in a mini golf birthday party.
Immediately after this picture was taken, the bellowing started from the group behind us: “Gomez, your group is horrible. I don’t care about your Calder. Stop excavating my course.” Source of the taunting: Hall of Famer, Chicago native and Blackhawk legend Stan Mikita. He was as viciously funny as he was good-natured about it. But make no mistake about it – Stan Mikita hates my golf game. Most of the digging was done by yours truly wielding a 7-iron. Somewhere there’s a picture of our cart for the day, with some very high-end cart bags riding shot gun with my travel tube of clubs containing a 7, 9, pitching wedge and putter. At least I could hit what I toted. And my game got the attention of a hockey great.