THUNDER BAY – Hockey fans off all ages lined up starting at 9AM at Whitewater Golf Club at the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Staal Foundation Open. Hundreds were on hand to meet and great the hockey legend Bobby Orr. There were hundreds others out to check out the golf, and enjoy some time at the course.
Fans were not disappointed in the least, Mr. Orr spent the time with each person to sign autographs, share stories and smiles.
Organizers say the crowds on the second day of the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel, who came to see Bobby Orr and watch the Can Op Pro-am, definitely weren’t disappointed.
“The community has been buzzing since we announced he was coming” said Scott Smith, Executive Director. “Today was exactly what we expected. A lot of people came out to see Bobby and partake in the great weather and a great event. Bobby was extremely generous with his time in accommodating as many requests for photos and autographs as he could.”
Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs, who states he is the biggest Boston Bruin fan on the planet was able to get a little time in with one of his hockey heroes.
Likely any citizen contacting the Mayor today might get Bobby Orr speed in getting their issues dealt with as the Mayor was in an especially great mood.
There was also a special event this morning with Bobby Orr at the Valhalla Inn, the host hotel for the Staal Foundation Open.
Tuesday, the weather stepped up and over 200 golfers were out on the course for the Can-Op Official Pro-Am with play continuing throughout the day. Orr toured the course and visited with team members and the public throughout the morning and early afternoon.
“I believe it is important for those of us fortunate enough to play professional sports to give back. The Staal Family understands that very well. I am very pleased to be here to help them out today,” said Orr.
Bobby Orr has now left Thunder Bay heading back to his summer home.
The Staal Foundation Open sets up the mini Hockey Hall of Fame on Thursday at Whitewater Golf Club.