Pat LaFontaine’s Charity Golf Event Raises Over $120,000 for Foundation

Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine hosted his annual Companions in Courage (CiC) Foundation Golf Classic at Huntington Country Club on Long Island that raised over $120,000 for the foundation on Oct. 5.

LaFontaine was joined by a group of celebrities at the event, including Hockey Hall of Famer Clark Gillies, former NBA star Wally Szczerbiak and his father Walter, and retired hockey players Benoit Hogue, Bob Nystrom, Pat Jablonski, Randy Wood and Steve Webb.

Johnny Glavinic won the tournament with a 66, followed by Wally Szczerbiak’s 68. Szczerbiak’s foursome with Glavinic, Tommy Nagolo and Mike Matura captured the low gross team award with a 62. Greg Heinssen (longest drive), Brian O’Day (closest to pin) and Nike Patti Jr. (closest to goal) also won awards.

CiC serves almost 60,000 pediatric patients each year in North America with Xbox Kiosks and Lion’s Den playrooms.

CiC has 20 Lion’s Dens at hospitals scattered across North America with four being in the archdiocese — Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla; Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown; Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital, Manhattan, and New York Presbyterian’s Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Manhattan. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital opened the first Lion’s Den in 2005.

 

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Santini Heading to Buffalo

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School graduate Steven Santini is one of 27 prospects being sent by the New Jersey Devils to the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, Sept. 8-11.

Santini, 22, is one of five players on the prospects roster to skate with the Devils last season. He was a second-round pick, 42nd overall by the Devils in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The Devils open preseason camp on Sept. 15 and compete in its first preseason game on Sept. 18 against the Washington Capitals.

Newest Ranger Engaged

It’s been quite a month for New Rochelle’s Kevin Shattenkirk.

He grew up a Rangers fan and started the month by signing a four-year, $26.6 million deal to play with the Rangers.

Last week, Shattenkirk and his fiancee Deanna Abbey announced their engagement on social media with photos and a video.  Shattenkirk got down on a knee to propose to Deanna Abbey at Barcelona Cathedral. The two were in Europe to attend Alexander Steen’s wedding in Sweden. Shattenkirk and Steen were teammates with the St. Louis Blues.

And Tuesday, Shattenkirk met the New York media and was given a No. 22 Rangers jersey. Shattenkirk’s favorite Ranger was Brian Leetch, who had his No. 2 retired by the organization.

Shattenkirk, whose mom Barbara is a teacher at an archdiocese school, is one of three NHL players from the Hudson Valley — joining John F. Kennedy Catholic grad Steve Santini of the New Jersey Devils and Irvington High School graduate Brett Pesce of the Carolina Hurricanes. At 28, Shattenkirk is the oldest of the three NHL defenders.