<table align="center" border="0" width="80%"><tbody><tr><td><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/09/sanford_blog.jpg" align="left" border="0" hspace="4" vspace="1">Two days of intense training camp and then straight into preseason games, the season's keeping us very busy but in the midst of it all, we got a chance to slow down a bit and enjoy some golf too.
Don't get me wrong, we're not going out to hit a leisurely round of 18 in the middle of our preseason bid, it was for the annual Jake Milford Charity Golf Tournament.
I think it's huge to do events like this and I enjoy getting the opportunity to help a great cause and raise money for charity. When you get to go out into the community and raise money for certain causes like the BC Children's Hospital and Canuck Place, word gets out about the causes and people get behind us even more when they see the type of work that we do. We have these things to look forward and it gives us a break in our schedule to get out and enjoy different aspects of life.
<img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/09/sep2508_milford_sanford_t.jpg align=right vspace=2 hspace=4 border=0>All the teams in the NHL are good in their community but I notice particularly notice the amount of work that's done in Vancouver with Canuck Place and the BC Children's Hospital and it's incredible.
At the end of the year, when we find out about the amount of money we've raised for the different charities is just mind blowing. To say that you are a part of that is a huge achievement at that.
The tournament was good and we all had a lot of fun but it was wet for sure. The rain did end up slowing down enough for it to be at least bearable. There wasn't much of a rain strategy, it was pretty much run out to the ball, hit it, and run back into the car as quickly as you can. It was quite a pace to keep up for 18 holes, I can tell you that.
I'm sure you're all wondering what my golf game is like and well, on that day I would say it wasn't that bad actually. My approach is pretty simple – just look at the ball and try to hit it – as a goalie, I don't think I have the Happy Gilmore-type swing but I managed okay. As far as golf goes, I'm happy with where my game's at and I don't think it'll get much better, it'll probably get a little worse actually.
I don't actually know how well the other guys play so I couldn't compare myself to them since I've never played with anyone else on the team. There wasn't really any chance for me to check our the competition that day but I know that Matt Pettinger's pretty good. He lives in Victoria so he's got plenty of courses for him to practice on out there, I'm sure.
My group was some guys from the Great Canadian Casinos, they're a gaming group, they own venues like River Rock in Richmond. I'm not too big into the casino action but I got to learn a few things from them and what they do.
<img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/09/milford26_t.jpg align=left vspace=2 hspace=4 border=0>Our group was pretty solid, well at least I think we did pretty good. Although our whole group was good, I think Milt was definitely the MVP of the group.
Willie's group won this year but I think he had four sandbaggers in his group, so that's probably why he won. Like I said, we played well too - maybe he's been practicing for the tournament? Who knows?</td></tr></table>