NHL head coach golfing for a cause in Sask.

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August 20, 2014 - 1:53pm
Mike Babcock joins John Gormley Live. Megan Lacelle/NewsTalk Radio.
Mike Babcock joins John Gormley Live. Megan Lacelle/NewsTalk Radio.

Detroit Red Wings and 2014 Canadian Olympic men’s hockey coach Mike Babcock is golfing in support of families dealing with prostate cancer.

The Driving Fore Prostate with Mike Babcock and friends golf tournament was held Wednesday at Dakota Dunes Golf Links; proceeds are headed to the Leslie and Irene Dubé Urology Centre of Health at St. Paul’s Hospital.

“I played nine holes this summer and I imagine the heat’s going to be on me for the first tee,” Babcock joked on John Gormley Live. He said it’s a great cause that he hopes to raise lots of money for.

Babcock may spend the hockey season in Detroit, but he said he still loves to come back to Saskatchewan.

“I still have family here in town and lots of friends, but just being around the people and being here is special for us. We’ve been coming home here for 21 years and we love it.”

Last night Babcock was also part of the Off the Bench community breakfast with funds also headed towards the centre. It plans to use the money for up-to-date resources, such as new equipment to detect prostate cancer earlier and shorten wait times.

Currently Saskatchewan has the highest death rate of prostate cancer in men of anywhere in Canada. 

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