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Hockey-themed charity golf event raises $18,500

08/22/2017, 12:03am EDT
By By MARK MONROE BLADE SPORTS WRITER

The seventh annual event was established by a local family of Toledo Walleye fans that have been directly affected by myotonic muscular dystrophy


(L-R): Walleye forwards A.J. Jenks and Evan Rankin with Jon Gulch, founder of an annual hockey themed golf outing. BLADE

A total of $18,500 was raised at the annual Andrew Gulch Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday.

The seventh annual event was established by a local family of Toledo Walleye fans that have been directly affected by myotonic muscular dystrophy. The outing was at Bedford Hills Golf Club.

The hockey-themed event included prizes on every hole, a dinner, silent auction, and raffle prizes. Walleye forwards Evan Rankin and A.J. Jenks participated in the event.

Jon Gulch, the founder of the golf outing, said the group raised $4,000 more than it had in past seasons. The event was established to honor the memory of his son, Andrew.

All proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and stay local to provide support to dozens of area families that are affected by the 43 muscle diseases, including ALS.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT: Rankin’s wife announced on Twitter that the couple is expecting a child next March.

Jenna Lento wrote on the social media website: “Breaking News: Baby Rankin due March 2, 2018!”

Rankin is the organization’s all-time leader in career goals with 111 and in career points with 214.

Lento, an Oregon native, is a television reporter at WTOL-TV.

Rankin, a 31-year-old native of Portage, Mich., has played in 238 games in five seasons with Toledo. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward played in college at Notre Dame and has played professionally for eight seasons.

Rankin has contemplated retirement recently. He said he expects a decision on his playing future to be made this week.

NEW COMPANY: Walleye defenseman Simon Denis has established his own clothing company that also will raise money for charity.

Denis, who began his pro hockey career in Toledo last season, announced the new business on Twitter. The company is called Be Yourself Apparel.

“Extremely excited to announce that I am starting my very own clothing brand,” Denis tweeted.

He said 25 percent of all purchases will go towards the charity of the customer’s choice.

A website and product line are to be announced soon.

Contact Mark Monroe at mmonroe@theblade.com419-724-6354 or on Twitter @MonroeBlade.

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