Ed Jovanovski

Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic held at Pointe West

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A group of local golfers joined former, current and future NHL stars and some football talent as well in raising money for breast cancer research.

The second annual Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic was held at Pointe West Golf Club last Friday with well-known athletes attending including the likes of Jose Theodore, Darren Banks, Aaron Ekblad, Michael DiPietro, Todd Warriner, Brett Romberg, Matt Puempel, Zack Kassian not to mention Jovanovski himself.

Jovanovski said they received “great” support again this year, reporting that it was a sell-out with 144 golfers.

“This year, the support has been unbelievable,” said Jovanovski. “There has been a great carry-over effect from last year.”

Among the athletes at the Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic were (from left): Jose Theodore, Brett Romberg, Jovanovski, Aaron Ekblad and Darren Banks.

The retired NHL star and former Windsor Spitfire said they learned things from last year on what to add and what to change so that “made the tournament much better.” The reason for the donation to the Canadian Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness stems from Jovanovski’s mother being a breast cancer survivor and the impact such diagnoses has on friends and family.

“You never think it would be happening to you,” he said.

The first annual tournament raised $50,000 and Jovanovski said they were hopeful to match, if not exceed, that amount this year. He said the organizing committee plans on continuing holding the tournament as long as possible, adding it is also an opportunity to come home and visit with friends and family.

“It’s a great community here at Pointe West. They’ve been very accommodating,” added Jovanovski.

Jovanovski said they just want to give back and that they are fortunate to be in a position to do so.

Scott Elliott, one of the tournament organizers and co-owner of Amherstburg GM, said it was a great day. Amherstburg GM was one of the many tournament sponsors.

Scott Elliott and Mike Bezzoubkin from Amherstburg GM stand with Ed and Deni Jovanovski during last Friday’s Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic held at Pointe West Golf Club. It was the second annual event with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society for breast cancer research.

“It’s great for the community. It’s great for Pointe West,” he said.

Elliott pointed out that he has known Jovanovski and his family for about 30 years as he coached him in minor hockey.

“He wants to give back to the community now that he is retired,” said Elliott. “Good for him and (his brother) Deni (Jovanovski) to do that.”

Elliott also pointed out there were a number of former and current NHL players that flew in for the tournament to support the cause.

Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic presents $50,000 cheque to Canadian Cancer Society

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic has given a big boost to the fight against breast cancer.

The July 13 golf tournament was held at Pointe West Golf Club and raised $50,000 for breast cancer. The official cheque presentation was held Thursday at Amherstburg Buick GMC, as the dealership helped sponsor the tournament and dealer principal Scott Elliott was one of the organizers.

“It’s great,” Jovanovski said of the final total. “I think coming into it, we didn’t know what to expect. With the support from the community, friends and partners we developed, we were able to raise $50,000 for breast cancer research. We are thrilled about that.”

Organizers and volunteers had a number in mind, the former NHL defenseman said, but exceeded it.

The official cheque presentation from July's Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic took place Aug. 10 at Amherstburg Buick GMC. From left: committee member Andrea Sikora, Ed Jovanovski, Canadian Cancer Society's volunteer engagement co-ordinator Theresa Blondin and dealer principal Scott Elliott.

The official cheque presentation from July’s Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic took place Aug. 10 at Amherstburg Buick GMC. From left: committee member Andrea Sikora, Ed Jovanovski, Canadian Cancer Society’s volunteer engagement co-ordinator Theresa Blondin and dealer principal Scott Elliott.

“People are generous,” he said, adding that people are great to support causes like breast cancer research or causes relating to any other kind of illness.

“The feedback was great. We think (the tournament) went well,” he said. “We’re definitely excited.”

Jovanovski has a personal connection to breast cancer, as his mother had stage two breast cancer and is in her second year of remission. His brother Deni played an important role in organizing the tournament as well, he added.

Plans for next year’s tournament are already underway, with the second annual tournament planned for Pointe West July 20, 2018. Elliott said people will be able to get details soon at www.jovogolfclassic.com.

Elliott was also thrilled with the overall total.

“I think it’s fantastic,” he said. “It goes to a great cause.”

Theresa Blondin, volunteer engagement co-ordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society, said breast cancer is the most diagnosed form of cancer in women, with 88 per cent of women surviving the disease. That said, there is still more work to be done with a cure being the main goal.

“We are overwhelmed with the amount of support,” she said, regarding the $50,000 donation.

As the money goes towards research, Blondin acknowledged that research has helped lead to early detection and that has resulted in the 88 per cent survival rate.

“Screening can save your life,” she said.

Former NHL’er aids cancer research with golf tourney


By Jolene Perron
Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership collaborated with NHL star Ed Jovanovski to host a golf tournament and raise money for cancer research.

The cause hits home for Jovanovski, who’s mother as been in remission for two years now.

“My mom had stage 2 breast cancer,” explained Jovanovski. “She battled it pretty tough for a year, but she’s now in her second year of remission. People here in Windsor did a great job. I flew in and went with her to two treatment. It takes special people to work in these places. They are upbeat people and the work that they do is amazing and whatever we can do to help, I’m more than happy to do it.”

Ed Jovanovski stands beside the Memorial Cup at his first annual golf tournament at Pointe West Golf Club. The tournament raised $50,000.

Ed Jovanovski stands beside the Memorial Cup at his first annual golf tournament at Pointe West Golf Club. The tournament raised $50,000.

With his brother being a member at Pointe West Golf Club, the choice of where to hold the Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic was easy and Jovanovski explained their hospitality was fantastic.

The tournament raised $50,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Scott Elliott, dealer principal at Amherstburg Chevrolet said he and Jovanovski talked about having a golf tournament for a number of years but it was hard to arrange with Jovanovski playing in the NHL. Now that he has retired, timing worked out well.

“This charity was personally picked by Ed,” said Elliott. “Like any event of this size there is a lot of planning but with the help of Ed’s brother Deni and volunteers everybody has worked hard to put on this event. The public have received the event well. We had a 144 golfers and the tournament was full within three weeks of announcing the tournament in April.”

Steve Matoski (left) and Dale Lamoureux get ready in their golf cart for the tournament to start July 13.

Steve Matoski (left) and Dale Lamoureux get ready in their golf cart for the tournament to start July 13.

Elliott said he coached Jovanovski at the pee wee level in Windsor Minor Hockey AAA and has been friends with the family ever since.

Winners of the golf tournament were Aaron Ekblad, Kerby Rychel, Ryan Wilson and Greg Mullins with a score of -18.

“We have a lot of great deal of support here in town and everyone is so generous, you can see that by the turnout, it’s going to be talked about,” said Jovanovski. “It’s a good spot and we’re looking forward for many years to come.”

The Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic coming to Pointe West July 13

 

By Jonathan Martin

National Hockey League (NHL) all-star and Olympic gold medal winner Ed Jovanovski is trading in his hockey stick for a golf club in the name of charity.

The Windsor native and former NHL defenseman met with press last Tuesday at Pointe West Golf Club to announce his partnership with Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC in the development of a new golf tournament.

The Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic will raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) to support its breast cancer research. Jovanovski said he knows firsthand what the disease can do.

NHL all-star and Olympic gold medalist Ed Jovanovski scrums with the press at Pointe West Golf Club Tuesday, April 18.  Jovanovski announced his partnership with Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC to bring about the first annual Ed Jovanovski charity golf tournament.

NHL all-star and Olympic gold medalist Ed Jovanovski scrums with the press at Pointe West Golf Club Tuesday, April 18. Jovanovski announced his partnership with Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC to bring about the first annual Ed Jovanovski charity golf tournament. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

“A couple years ago my mother went through a pretty good battle with breast cancer,” he said. “We’re grateful for anything we can do to further (CCS research) along.”

Jovanovski said his mother is doing well, though her time in the hospital was difficult for his whole family. Now that she’s doing better, he said the timing seems right.

“It has always been a dream of mine to hold a golf tournament,” he said. “Obviously, growing up (around here), this area is very important to me.”

According to Scott Elliott, dealer principal for Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC, the tournament, which is set to be held at Pointe West Golf Club, will include a deli-style luncheon, hole-in-one prizes, a putting contest, auctions and dinner.

Jovanovski said he’s doing his best to convince as many of his NHL friends as possible to stop by. He did warn them, though, that no matter who shows up, he will be the best player on the green.

The tournament will be held July 13.