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Breslin Golf Benefit is Aug. 23-24 at Indianwood

Tim Breslin

May 12, 2005

SAULT STE. MARIE - The college and professional hockey communities are banding together to help the family of former Lake Superior State hockey player Tim Breslin, who passed away on Feb. 9 due to complications from appendiceal cancer.

The Breslin Golf Benefit will be held Aug. 23-24 at the famous Indianwood Golf and Country Club. Proceeds from this event will be earmarked for the Breslin Children Education Fund. Breslin, who played at LSSU from 1987-91, was survived by a wife, Jami, and three children, Shane, Paige and Chase, ages 6, 4 and 2, respectively.

Former LSSU coach Jeff Jackson, current coach Frank Anzalone, the LSSU Department of Athletics and several former Laker players are organizing the event, which will include a Detroit Tigers baseball game and reception at Hockeytown Cafe on Tuesday, Aug. 23, and a breakfast, four-person scramble, silent auction and benefit dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

"We are hoping this is a reunion for Laker hockey as well as an opportunity to celebrate Tim's life," Jackson said. "We want all former players and Tim's friends to come, not just the members of Tim's class."

The cost for golf is $275 per person or $1,100 per team for golfers interested in attending all of the events on Aug. 24. For golf only, the cost is $225 per person and $900 per team. There is an additional $25 charge to attend the Tigers game. The $200 golf payment is tax deductible.

Former Laker greats Jim Dowd and Doug Weight, along with former Laker hockey student manager Paul Boyer, who is now with the Detroit Red Wings, are rounding up a group of National Hockey League players to participate in the scramble. For $2,500, an NHL player will join your team for golf and the dinner.

Former Michigan standout David Roberts has also offered to help recruit players, and Weight told Jackson that he hopes to bring in some Olympic stars.

"Even though they're rivals, they're not afraid to help," Jackson said in reference to Roberts, who played against Breslin for several years. Darren McCarty, Kris Draper, Boyer and Red Wings coach Dave Lewis have all said that they will play in the event.

Indianwood Golf Course in Lake Orion, Mich., is an enticing draw. The Scottish style links course, which has been the site of two U.S. Women's Opens, opened in 1925 and was purchased by Stan Aldridge in 1981. Aldridge is the father of former Laker hockey player Keith Aldridge and has donated use of the course for the benefit.

"This is one of the premier courses in the country," Jackson said. "People will want to come just to golf Indianwood."

In addition to Boyer and Dowd, Breslin's classmate Jeff Napierala is organizing the silent auction, and Doug Laprade is one of the tournament's main organizers. Laprade can be contacted at for more information about the various sponsorship packages.

Tournament registration forms are available at the LSSU Norris Center, 906-635-2602.

For hockey fans and friends of Breslin in the Chicago area, an exhibition game between the Chicago Wolves alumni and Chicago Blackhawks alumni will be held at 7 p.m. on June 10 at All-State Arena. Proceeds from that event will benefit the Breslin children's trust fund.

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