TORONTO, ON – The Oilers GTA crew were in full force Monday to hit the ties in support of their teammate Zach Hyman and his Celebrity Golf Classic at Oakdale Golf & Country Club.
Team captain Connor McDavidas well as defenders Nurse Darnell and Evan Bouchardforward Ryan McLeod, Warren Foegele and Devin Shoreand newly signed netminder Jack Campbellwere all in attendance for the event, which raises funds and awareness for SickKids and the UJA Federation, as well as other charities important to the striker and his family.
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“He’s been a great addition to our team,” McDavid said at the third annual Hyman Celebrity Golf Classic, which has been postponed for the past two summers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I got to know him personally, training with him throughout the summer. Looking around and seeing how many people came out to support him and his event, it’s pretty cool to see .”
Not only were many of Hyman’s current Oilers teammates in attendance, but former Toronto Maple Leafs colleagues Mitch Marner and Jake Muzzin followed the course to support the cause, as did Sportsnet hockey broadcasters Elliotte Friedman, David Amber and Kevin Bieksa.
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“A tournament like this sums up who Zach is,” Nurse said. “You see all the teammates he has now, former teammates and everyone who wants to support him. It shows how good he is and how much he cares about his community.”
In addition to working on his golf game, McDavid learned some Hebrew nomenclature during his media availability from the Canadian Jewish News reporter in the scrum who asked him if he was aware of the meaning of his teammate’s jersey number. .
Gematria is the practice of assigning a numerical value to a name, word, or phrase, and the number 18 represents the Hebrew word for life, with multiples of 18 considered good luck.
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“It brings us a lot of life, that’s for sure,” McDavid smiled upon learning its meaning. “He brings a lot of energy and a lot of life. He definitely represents it well.”
Hyman is an active supporter of the Jewish communities of Toronto and Edmonton, donating a portion of his golf tournament proceeds to UJA, whose mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of Jewish life in the Greater Toronto, Canada, Israel and around the world.
This past holiday season, he was also invited to light the giant menorah at the Alberta Legislative Building in downtown Edmonton to commemorate the start of Hanukkah.
“Growing up in the Jewish community, you learn to give back,” he said. “It’s something very important to me. Being in Toronto and having roots here, you always want to be able to give back.”