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WELCOME TO THE 2023 ALZHEIMER’S FACE OFF
We’re so happy to see everyone coming out to support the programs that bring services to people in our communities.
As so many of us know, Alzheimer’s and other dementias have a profound impact on not just an individual, but on their loved ones as well.
Over 59,000 Albertans have been diagnosed with dementia. That’s 59,000 families, friend groups, and communities that are dealing with the immense challenges brought on by this progressive and debilitating disease.
Through your fundraising efforts, we can provide our clients the services that they need to maintain quality of life, make decisions around care, and build compassionate networks of support. By providing free one-on-one sessions, education resources, and wellness programs, we are bringing help for today to anyone in our region affected by a diagnosis.DR. GEORGE ANDREWS, DBA President & CEO
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementias—but that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Through our partnership with Campus Alberta Neuroscience, we are investing up to $5 million dollars in innovative research
right here in Alberta over the next five years. This is only possible due, in part, to funds raised through this tournament. With your help, researchers are finding new ways to prevent, detect, and treat dementia, giving hope for tomorrow for the people who live with these diseases every day.
Our thanks go out to YOU – the players who have been working hard to raise awareness and funds in the community, the sponsors, the NHL Alumni Player Association, the organizing committee, and our amazing volunteers for making this event a great experience. See you at the rink!
FIGHTING TO BRING AWARENESS
Thank you, captains, players, sponsors, NHL Alumni, and volunteers for making the 14th Annual Alzheimer’s Face Off Pro-Am hockey tournament presented by Christenson Communities Ltd. a huge success.
I am truly grateful for all the time, money and energy that has been contributed to the Society as a result of this annual tournament. All of us are aware of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and the challenges the disease creates for the family. Most of us have a significant amount of empathy
as we can relate to current or past experience. I challenge all of us going forward to live with compassion for the families that have directly experienced this disease as well as for those who will have this daunting challenge facing them in the future.God Bless Darrell Friesen Event Chair
The NHL Alumni Association is extremely proud to take part in this incredible event which raises much needed funds for the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories.
I would like to start by thanking all of the participants, volunteers, and sponsors for their incredible commitment to this amazing weekend. You each play a vital role in making this event so successful and your time, dedication and efforts make a real tangible difference in the lives of so many. To each of the participating NHL Alumni, thank you for making this event so special.
We are extremely proud to have our members
championing this cause which is very near and dear to our NHL Alumni family.
Our team looks forward to this event every year and the NHL Alumni Association is honoured to be a part of the solution to help educate, support and eventually cure this disease which affects far too many. Let’s continue this fight together, as one team.Glenn Healy Executive Director NHL Alumni Stanley Cup Champion DARRELL FRIESEN Event Chair GLENN HEALY NHL Alumni Association
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EVENT COMMITTEEJOHN RADOSTITS Past Chair DARRELL FRIESEN Event Chair JASON STRUDWICK NHL Alumni MARY AWAD Player Relations ERIN MARTYSHUK Tournament Lead LESLIE GALLACHER NHL Alumni TIM GARBUTT Tournament Director GREG CHRISTENSON Lifetime Member JAN VANDERHEYDEN Player Relations DYLAN HUNCHAK Player Relations CAM JOHNSON Player Relations BRENT TRIMMING Player Relations
The date was April 24,1993. The place – the old Memorial Auditorium (The Aud) in Buffalo, New York. The event - Stanley Cup playoff action, with the Sabres and Bruins playing game 4 of their first round series. With a win the Sabres would sweep the heavily favoured Bruins, and do it on home ice no less. There was great energy and anticipation in the building as the game ended in a draw, and overtime would decide the outcome. At 4:48 of the extra frame, Sabre’s announcer Rick Jeanneret made an iconic call, one that has stood the test of time.
“Here’s May going in on goal…he shoots…he SCOOOOOOOOORES…MAYDAY…MAYDAY… MAYDAY…MAYDAY…BRAD MAY WINS IT IN OVERTIME.” In an instant, a Sabre legend was born.
Brad May would go on to have many more fine individual moments in the National Hockey League. Yet if you were to ask his former teammates about the kind of player he was, inevitably the talk would be about Brad the team guy, not about someone who sought the individual spotlight. Websters dictionary defines a Team Player as “Someone who cares more about helping a group or team to succeed than about his or her individual success.” Brad May exemplified to the highest degree the definition of being a team player.
During his 19-year run in the National Hockey League, Brad became known as the type of person that players loved to have on their side. He represented the consummate competitor, someone who often stood up for teammates when the going got tough. He was blessed with longevity as his career
spanned 1041 games in the NHL. Becoming a member of that prestigious “Thousand Game Club” (at the time of this writing, only 357 men have accomplished that feat) is a testament to his grit, his toughness, his endurance, and his dedication as an athlete. The Toronto native played for 7 teams during his career, including the Anaheim Ducks, and that is where he would have his name engraved on Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2007. Stanley Cup Champion! It is an accomplishment that stays fresh in his mind, even to the present day.
“That’s what you dream about as a kid, and that’s what you play for as a pro. The opportunity to win the Stanley Cup was always the goal, so to be a part of a team that actually accomplished that is something I will always cherish. It’s a very tough championship to win, some say the toughest in
all of sports, and I can attest to that having been through the two-month playoff grind it takes to win that trophy. Yet along the way there have been so many other significant memories as well, such as being a member of Canada’s Gold Medal winning team at the world juniors in 1990-91. Then there are the friendships – indeed, the game has been very good to me.”
All of us who follow professional hockey appreciate that it is a tough business comprised of tough people who compete to win at the professional level. As fate would have it, Brad ran into several of those tough people as his career unfolded. It is fair to say that Brad May was not afraid of the pugilistic aspects of the game. And those famous road trips into Alberta always included a couple of stops where toughness in your opponents was a given.
“Well yes, I guess you could say that I had a few disagreements with opponents along the way! Some you win, some you lose. Realistically, there were SO many tough people in the league during my era, it’s difficult to name just a few. But as I think back to those Edmonton teams, some names immediately come to mind. Georges Laraque…I think I fought him 5 times. VERY tough. “Bucky” (Kelly Buchberger) was another one who never backed down. Sean Brown was a big, tall nasty defenseman who always showed up. And of course Mess (Mark Messier) was the total package, with high skill and toughness that was unmatched. Those Edmonton teams were championship
caliber and those guys always played you straight up. In fact, one of the lines I remember hearing in the time that I played in Vancouver was “The best thing about Alberta is the train heading west to get you out of there!” (Tongue in cheek folks!) Nobody had fun playing the Oilers, and you wanted to go home sooner rather than later! But those Edmonton players were all wonderful guys, honourable men, and were very, very tough players. I respect them all greatly to this day.”
Like most professional athletes, Brad appreciates the reality that his was a career not undertaken in isolation. Rather, many people contributed to his success, and he looks back with fondness at those who acted as mentors along the way.
“Certainly, there were literally dozens of people who helped me out in my quest to get to the NHL. Again, it’s kind of unfair to mention only a few. But here goes. First, my family. There were a lot of sacrifices from a lot of family members, both in my youth and as an adult, so it probably isn’t fair to name just one or two. But family was my key. Specific to hockey, I will always be thankful for the late Bill LaForge, my junior coach in Niagara Falls. He kind of unleashed the beast in me so to speak and gave me confidence that I could compete at the highest levels of the game. Then there are teammates such as Pat Lafontaine and Dale Hawerchuk who showed me how to be a pro, how to conduct myself both on and off the ice. Coaches such as Ted Nolan, mixed in with management
people like Muck (John Muckler) and Brian Burke had a huge influence in my development. I am extremely grateful for all of the people in my life who chipped in along the way.”
After retiring as a player, Brad has stayed involved in hockey through several broadcasting assignments, including a stint as an analyst for the Vegas Golden Knights. However, today we find him transitioning into another line of employment not specific to hockey.
“I am currently with a group called Executive Global Tours (EGT), a company that is heavily into arranging golf outings primarily in Europe and the Caribbean for medium to large size groups. We can facilitate a wide range of what we call lifestyle trips, but golf has taken up a lot of our time to date.
Of course, I still am in touch with the hockey fraternity, and often find myself in fundraising hockey games and other charitable activities as my time permits. That is what brings me to Edmonton. It’s not unlike when I played the game – all the players tried to be there for each other whenever possible. Great teams are always comprised of great people who choose to serve. That is what the Alzheimer’s Face-Off program is all about – helping out like good teammates always should.”
Brad had a long and productive career in the National Hockey League. Moving forward, he anticipates continuing to give of his time and talents for meaningful charitable undertakings. But if he were to take just a moment and look back instead of forward, how would he like to be remembered as a National Hockey League player?
“I hope that when people think of me in the context of my NHL career, they will reflect on my time in the league and say, “He was a fierce competitor, he had integrity, and he was addicted to fun”. Yes, it would be nice to be thought of in those terms.”
Well Brad, mission accomplished! Your place in hockey history and your personal legacy is assured. And in the context of charitable works, “MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY” now has a whole new meaning! Thank you, Brad.- Dr. Vern Stenlund
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Thanks to your support of the Alzheimer’s Face Off Pro-Am hockey tournament presented by Christenson Communities Ltd., the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories can continue to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow.
The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories is working to change the face of dementia in our region. We improve the quality of life for people living with the disease, offering a network of educational and support services for people diagnosed with dementia and their care partners. We build partnerships with health professionals and the community and fund ground-breaking research into effective treatments and finding a cure for this devastating disease.
Over 59,000 Albertans live with dementia; almost 1% of the total population. By 2050, if nothing changes, it is expected this number will increase by nearly 300%.
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementias—but that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Through our partnership with Campus Alberta Neuroscience, we are investing up to $5 million dollars in innovative research right here in Alberta over the next five years. With your help, researchers are finding new ways to prevent, detect, and treat dementia, giving hope for tomorrow for the people who live with these diseases every day.
For more information, or to donate, please visit www.alzheimer.ab.ca
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