Asham presents $1,500 to charity
New York Rangers forward Arron Asham poses with Arron's Chance 2 Play beneficiary Cole Blight at Portage Golf Course on Thursday night. Asham presented the charity with a cheque for $1,500. DAN FALLOON/PORTAGE DAILY GRAPHIC/QMI AGENCY
Arron Asham is pumped to be with his third New York-area team and his second Original 6 club.
Asham signed a two-year deal, $2-million dollar deal on the opening day of free agency on July 1, marking his completion of the Atlantic Division tour. After starting his career in Montreal, Asham moved on to play with the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
The 34-year-old Portage product was in town Thursday to present a $1,500 cheque to his charity, Arron's Chance 2 Play, at the Portage Golf Club. Asham will also participate in the sold-out golf tournament on Friday at the course to raise money for the charity, hoping to top the $20,000 mark, which would be the highest total in the eight-year history of the tournament.
Asham's donation puts forward a raffle prize at the tournament - a trip for two to see him play at Madison Square Garden this season.
"It gives a chance for a kid and a parent or anyone to fly up and watch an NHL game," said Asham. "Last year, we had a kid and his mom come up and we showed him a pretty good time.
"He met all the players and got his autographs. It's a great experience for them or whoever wins the trip and comes up."
With the tournament sold out yet again, Asham said he and tournament organizers have bandied about expanding the tournament or finding other ways to raise more money for the foundation, though nothing is imminent.
"We've been talking about doing another group early in the morning, but it's going to be tough because once they're done golfing, they're going to have a big wait before dinner," said Asham. "It's popular. I think it's one of the best tournaments in Manitoba - how it's set up, how it's run.
"Putting on one tournament's hard enough. I couldn't imagine expanding, but if enough people want to come, it means more money for the charity, so it's definitely something to think about."
For more, please see Friday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.