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Dalla Costa: Lots on line in London

Dalla Costa: Lots on line in London

Come for the golf, everything else is just a bonus. While that isn’t the selling point for the Freedom 55 Financial Championship taking place Sept. 15-18 at Highland Country Club in London, it should be. The tournament will be held for the third year in succession in London. Every year the centrepiece has been exceptional golf. That’s what a championship is supposed to be all about. It’s been down-to-the-last-putt type of golf. The season-ending event on the Mackenzie Tour is more than just who wins, although the big-money purse is a huge incentive to many golfers that go week-to-week to earn a paycheque. Part of the attraction is the game within a game. Only the top 60 golfers play in the championship tournament. The Mackenzie Tour heads to Niagara for the penultimate tournament this weekend. Things can still change but Dan McCarthy, Taylor Moore and Brock Mackenzie look comfortable in the top three spots. But with $200,000 in prize money available in the final tournament, a win by any one of nine players and they can make the jump into the top five. This is the 12th event on the Mackenzie Tour and the battle is to finish the Order of Merit in the top five, who are assured of a spot on the Web.com Tour, one step away from the PGA. Players finishing six through 10 earn an exemption into Web.com Tour qualifying. Whether they are leading in the tournament or not, there’s reason for the golfers to continue to compete. Since 2013, when the tournament was first held in London at Sunningdale Golf Club, 10 players who...
Stars align for NHLer’s charity

Stars align for NHLer’s charity

A newly minted National Hockey League free agent is giving back to the community while spending his summer back home in London. Former London Knight Brandon Prust, 32, is having a busy offseason training and fundraising. On Monday he returned to Redtail Golf Course near Port Stanley for his third-annual Prusty4Kids charity tournament. The NHL stars aligned for the day to support Prust and his self-titled foundation geared toward improving kids’ lives. Prust started the foundation in 2014 with London entrepreneur Dave Moore. The Knights were well represented with Mitch Marner, Corey Perry and Danny Syvret on the course, along with other London-area NHLers Drew Doughty, Ryan O’Reilly and Nazem Kadri. “It’s awesome (to see these guys here), we do a lot of things for each other, once teammates you’re teammates for life,” Prust said. “You make a lot of friends along the way in this game, that’s just how hockey players are.” Although the mood was fun, his former teammates and friends all knew they were there for a more serious purpose. “We’ve all been very fortunate to have the relationships and people in our life that allow us to do what we love to do most, and that’s play hockey,” said O’Reilly, the 2014 Lady Byng award winner for exhibiting sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. “There are so many unfortunate kids and families that sometimes can’t afford things, so anytime we can give back . . . that’s what it’s all about.” Prust’s fiancee, Montreal TV host Maripier Morin, was at the event. The couple appear along with other NHL players and their wives on the Hockey Wives reality TV...
NHL player Brandon Prust donates $100,000 to iSee Vision at St. Joseph’s Health Care London

NHL player Brandon Prust donates $100,000 to iSee Vision at St. Joseph’s Health Care London

A donation made by a London-born National Hockey League player will give children a chance at clear sight and a bright future. Former London Knight Brandon Prust announced a $100,000 donation in support of the Ivey Special Eye Examination Services (iSee) Vision Screening Research Program at St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Prust was on hand at the Stoney Creek Community Centre, YMCA and Library to make the announcement on Monday, and to kick-off a free screening service that would focus on identifying eye conditions in children between the ages of 18 months to 4-years-old who may have vision issues. Prust made the donation on behalf of the Brandon Prust Foundation, the charity he founded in 2014. “With my foundation we have always been gearing towards children and always do programs to help kids with pain and treatments,” said Prust on Monday after the announcement. “We approached St. Joe’s and asked if they were doing anything they needed help with and they brought this program to our attention and we thought it was the perfect fit for what we do.” The program aims to use photo screening as a tool to identify eye conditions, with a focus on amblyopia or “lazy eye.” The screening takes seconds and is as easy as taking a picture of the child’s eye. The camera is able to capture any irregularities in the eye that aren’t always visible to parents or doctors without the use of the technology. “You wouldn’t think lazy eye is a big issue because it’s correctable, but if it’s missed and not treated, children can face bullying at school, fewer employment...
Prust, most popular guy in the house in his return to Montreal

Prust, most popular guy in the house in his return to Montreal

In his return to Montreal, for the first time since being traded on July 1st to Vancouver; Prust suited up, a little differently than he’s probably used to. Unable to play due to injury, the 31 year old forward, who played 3 seasons for the Canadiens, treated Montreal’s youth to a night they’ll never forget. Through the Brandon Prust Foundation, Prusty4Kids, Prust and his fiancé Maripier Morin, hosted more than 30 sick and underprivileged children in a super suite at the Bell Centre. While the children enjoyed food, beverages and hockey, Prust posed for selfies, and signed autographs. “I started the Brandon Prust Foundation through a program at the children’s hospital in my hometown,” explained Prust. “The children’s hospital has always been close to my heart, helping kids is important to me. They’re so great and inspiring and tough, so helping them is something I’ve always tried to do.” He continues to give back to the community that’s he’s no longer a part of. For the children, this is a night they will always remember. “This is the best night of my life,” shouted one boy, holding on tightly to his autographed photo of Prust. I wish you still played here,” said another young girl. Despite no longer being a part of the Canadiens, he still remains a fan favorite in Montreal. He even received a roaring ovation from fans during the 2nd period when he was shown on the scoreboard. “And that’s what it’s about,” said Prust. “Giving them a night where they can just be kids, have a good time and not worry about anything!”...
Prust returns to Montreal and treats youth to special night at the Bell Centre

Prust returns to Montreal and treats youth to special night at the Bell Centre

Prust returns to Montreal. After 3 seasons with the Canadiens, fan favourite, Brandon Prust returns to Montreal for a special night at the Bell Centre with city’s youth. Prust will host about 3 dozen youth, from underprivileged backgrounds and self-esteem issues in a super suite for the Monday’s nights game between the Canucks and Canadiens. With Prust out of the lineup on Monday night, he’ll be able to hang out in the suite, sign autographs and pose for photos.

Brandon Prust in awe of kids: London Free Press

Brandon Prust in awe of kids: London Free Press

The London Free Press featured an article about Heroes Circle in August 2015. Read the Free Press article. “When you actually see them do this, it brings tears to your eyes,” Prust said in the interview with the Free Press. “When you meet these kids it puts everything in perspective. “Even though some of the stuff we go through in everyday life, you can’t imagine what these kids are going through. They’ve been dealt a bad hand and there’s nothing they can do about...
Brandon Prust Foundation supports Andie’s Fight for a Cure

Brandon Prust Foundation supports Andie’s Fight for a Cure

This year, the Brandon Prust Foundation was happy to be a major contributor to the Andie’s Fight for a Cure golf tournament. Andie’s Fight is a charity golf tournament that raises money for Diamond Blackfan Anemia Canada and the Hematology Department at Children’s Hospital, LHSC. For more information on the golf tournament, click...
Thank you St. Hubert for supporting the Brandon Prust Foundation

Thank you St. Hubert for supporting the Brandon Prust Foundation

It’s not every day that you hear a professional athlete express their love for cheese and gravy smothered fries, but Brandon Prust promotes St. Hubert’s chicken and bacon poutine through television and radio ads. The proceeds from Brandon’s endorsement are in support of The Brandon Prust Foundation. In the ad, Brandon alongside his partner Maripier Morin, known for her love of poutine, exchange a humorous romantic evening at St. Hubert. St. Hubert has donated to the foundation in exchange for Brandon and Maripier’s participation in their marketing initiatives. That’s one way to bring home the bacon, and what a good...
Brandon Prust Foundation supports Laps for Louie

Brandon Prust Foundation supports Laps for Louie

Held on May 8, 2015 at the Western Fair Sports Centre, Laps for Louie raised around $17,000 for research through the Jesse’s Journey organization. Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects one in every 3500 boys, and events like these promote awareness and continued support to find a cure.