Curtis Sanford

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About Curtis Sanford

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  1. <table align="center" border="0" width="80%"><tbody><tr><td><img src="" 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= 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= 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>
  2. <table align="center" border="0" width="80%"><tbody><tr><td><img src="" align="left" border="0" hspace="4" vspace="1">Going into free agency, you never know what's going to happen and I'm just glad it worked out for me and my family that we're back in Vancouver. The relationship I had with the guys last year, it's always nice to return to familiar territory and not have to relocate. We're all settled, the whole family's back here and got our son, Landon, in school, if a little late. This week was his first week at school because we got here and school had already started so he was a couple weeks late. He's five so he's just starting Kindergarten, which is exciting for all of us. I think school at that age is a pretty exciting time, they're exploring and meeting new people and hopefully making some new friends along the way. We tried to do the first day of school thing but he's not very good at taking photos because it's hard to keep him standing still enough to get a good picture but mom tries to do the best she can when it comes to that. <img src= align=right vspace=2 hspace=4 border=0>He's already settling into a routine now and every morning he's up and ready to go at about quarter to seven so you know he's having fun when he's doing that. We try to ask him what he did in school and I know it's just kindergarten but they get excited about the smallest things, even snack time. We like to get involved as much as we can but it's hard to get him calm enough to come and talk to us about things. Over the summer, we pretty much just stayed in Owen Sound and didn't too a whole lot. We went on a two-week vacation to Martha's Vineyard at the end of July and that was about it. The whole family went down and because we know some people there, we got to stay at their cottage. It was good to take a break and have some family time. I'm sure you're all wondering about my mask so here's the deal: The idea came about at the year end dinner and my wife and I were sitting with TC (director of media relations) and his wife and I kind of threw the idea out there that if I came back next year, we should do a mask design contest. It was just something off the top of my head so when I re-signed, he called me up and asked me if we were still going to do the mask contest and I don't have any superstitions or anything so I wasn't too reluctant to do it. <img src= align=left vspace=2 hspace=4 border=0>Going into the contest, I had a general idea of what I was looking for because I've had the Sandman theme on my mask for five or six years now so I kind of wanted to get away from that. I can always go back to that if I want but for the contest I wanted to take something original. The design that won, when I saw it, it just floored me. I just knew that was it. I know it was just a pencil sketch but I knew that once there was some colour in it that it would be great. I knew that he took a lot of time designing it and he thought out the design really well. I'm very happy with the way it turned out. The painter did a great job, and it was exactly how we planned the colour scheme and I think it brings out the design really well too. I think the contest was really successful and there were just an overwhelming amount of entries. Thank you to everyone who submitted a mask.</td></tr></table>