Canucks Autism Network staff, volunteer and participant Brayden Bradbury, left, with former Vancouver Canucks forward Geoff Courtnall at North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex during last weekend’s Canucks Autism Network Pro-Am tournament. (Photo: Facebook.com/CanucksAutismNetwork)

Canucks Autism Network staff, volunteer and participant Brayden Bradbury, left, with former Vancouver Canucks forward Geoff Courtnall at North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex during last weekend’s Canucks Autism Network Pro-Am tournament. (Photo: Facebook.com/CanucksAutismNetwork)

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PHOTOS: In Surrey: Bertuzzi, Courtnall & other ex-Canucks play amateurs in charity hockey tourney

18 NHL alumni gear up at Canucks Autism Network Pro-Am, at North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex

** This story was updated

Some popular Vancouver Canucks of the past played hockey at a rink in Surrey during last weekend’s Canucks Autism Network Pro-Am.

Eighteen former NHLers, including Todd Bertuzzi, Brendan Morrison and Geoff Courtnall, signed up to face-off with (and against) amateurs at North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex during the two-day charity tournament, Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 19-20).

To play, rec teams and players had to raise a significant amount of money for Canucks Autism Network, or CAN, with a tournament goal of $750,000.

Other NHL alumni involved in the 2022 tourney were Dave Babych, David Booth, John Craighead, Martin Gelinas, Jannik Hansen, Cody Hodgson, Nathan Lafayette, Doug Lidster, Brad May, Kirk McLean, Mason Raymond, Derek Roy, Todd Simpson, Rich Sutter and Raffi Torres.

Each of the 16 teams played three games with the former NHLers, with “bonus experiences” for top fundraisers. Each team had to raise at least $20,000; the more funds a team raised, the higher selection they had to draft an ex-NHLer before the games were played.

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Former Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi, right, on the bench with Canucks Autism Network Pro-Am tournament participants at North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex last weekend. (Photo: Facebook.com/CanucksAutismNetwork)

Former Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi, right, on the bench with Canucks Autism Network Pro-Am tournament participants at North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex last weekend. (Photo: Facebook.com/CanucksAutismNetwork)

A day prior to the tournament, Bob Shanks was listed as the top solo fundraiser (close to $40,000), and The Constructors the top team ($132,106). Other teams are dubbed Ice Grizzlies, Odlum Brown Bulls, Team Sportsnet, Ledcor Lighting, Canucks Staff and more.

Returning rec player Jared Harman said he was stoked to dress for the Search + Rescue Marketing Dad Buds team, representing Semiahmoo Minor Hockey with the Semi Sr. Ravens.

“This (fourth) annual charity tournament gives rec player the opportunity to compete alongside NHL alumni,” Harman says on his fundraising page, which shows he’s more than achieved his goal of $5,000.

“Last year we had Canuck legend Kirk McLean on our team and we played against former NHLers Andrew Cassels, Brad May and Chris Higgins. All funds raised provide vital financial support for Canucks Autism Network (CAN). Raising funds for autism is something that is very close to me as a very special person in my life has benefited from programs such as the Canucks Autism Network.”

The tournament schedule and other details are posted on canproam.ca. A draft night was Friday, Nov. 18, followed by games on all three of North Surrey’s ice sheets. An all-star game was played on Sunday (Nov. 20), on Rink 2.



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