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NHLer Joel Bouchard Establishes Charity Tour

Joel Bouchard Organizes Charity Tour

NHL Rangers D Joel Bouchard is raising money for children's charities by “launching a barnstorming tour” across Quebec called the McDonald’s Caravan, according to Eric Duhatschek of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. The 32-stop tour will feature three teams of 12 players playing four-on-four hockey. Players scheduled to participate include Canadiens G Jose Theodore, Flyers LW Simon Gagne and Mighty Ducks G Jean-Sebastien Giguere, all of whom are from Quebec. Unlike the Original Stars Hockey League, Bouchard's tour is “strictly a not-for-profit enterprise.” Costs will be covered by sponsors, “so all proceeds will go directly to charity.” Tickets cost C$20. The tour, which begins October 23, will play on eight consecutive weekends before Christmas, “at which point, its progress will be evaluated.” Every Saturday game will be televised on RDS, “meaning the highlight packages could spill over onto its sister network, TSN.” Bouchard: “If the lockout stops, there's no stress. Everyone will go back to their teams and everybody's happy. The reality is, I'm not making a dime out of it. I'm not even in charge of the money. We have a lawyer for that. We made it as clear as crystal, so nobody thinks anybody is scamming anything” (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/8). The CP reports that each team on the tour will be “backed by a sponsor” (CP, 10/8).

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