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Savard to Bring Charity Event To Lake Forest Sportscars

When Denis Savard arrived in Chicago at age 19 in 1980, the Chicago Blackhawks first-round draft choice had never spoken a word of English.

“My first word was copasetic – it means everything’s fine,” said Savard, who hailed from Verdun in the French-speaking province of Quebec.

By the time his Hall of Fame career wrapped up in 1997, his creative play on the ice had sparked a new English phrase — the “Savard Spin-O-Rama,” where the center spun with the puck to avoid defenders, a daring move that often concluded with a back-handed goal.

A few years ago, the well-spoken Blackhawks ambassador created yet another new term: The Denis Savard Foundation. And on Friday, Oct. 21, his non-profit will put on the Monte Carlo Charity Gala at Lake Forest Sportscars in Lake Bluff.

“I was given so much here in Chicago,” said Savard, whose foundation is designed to help both children and veterans. “I’m blessed to have a daughter who’s 23 and healthy. But my nephew’s son is 10 and doesn’t talk. I’ve gotten to meet some of the guys came back from Iraq and Afghanistan. For me to give back is a no-brainer.”

The Monte Carlo Charity Gala — which features honorary co-chairs Melissa and Steve Esposito of Lake Forest, along with local chairpersons Tina Ballis, Ada Boras, Lynne Kennedy, Leslie Gantos and Lori Rozdolsky — anticipates between 250-300 people patronizing its roulette wheel, blackjack tables and other games of chance. The Buckinghams will play, Lovell’s, The Deerpath Inn, Southgate Cafe and Philly G’s will provide food, and former pro athletes such as Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Dan Hampton and one-time Blackhawk right winger Marty LaPointe will chat with attendees.

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For reservations or more information, please contact Anything’s Possible Events at (708) 450-1710. Limited availability!

 

Denis Makes An Appearance On The Red Carpet

Denis Savard makes an appearance on the Red Carpet before the Blackhawks 2011-2012 home opener at the United Center against the Dallas Stars. The Hawks went on to win the game 5-2. Check out the video to see what Denis had to say.

Tickets Still Available For Monte Carlo Charity Gala

Tickets are still available for the The Denis Savard Foundation’s Monte Carlo Charity Gala. The event will take place on Friday, October 21st at Lake Forest Sportscars, 990 North Shore Drive Lake Bluff, IL from 6:30PM – 11:00PM.

Individual tickets available for $150 per person:
– Includes complimentary Wine and Food
– Free admittance into casino event (Blackjack – Craps – Poker – Roulette Tables)

VIP Reserved Tables Available for $2,500:
– Admission for Ten (10) guests
– Prominent Table for Event of Buckinghams Concert

For reservations or more information, please contact Anything’s Possible Events at (708) 450-1710. Limited availability!

The Monte Carlo Charity Gala will benefit the charities listed below:

 

2nd Annual Golf Classic: Rewind

Rewind to earlier in the summer and watch video highlights of The Denis Savard Foundation’s 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic.

All proceeds from the golf and auction items will benefit the following Chicagoland organizations:

 

To learn more about the event, please click here.

Painting The United Center

Denis Savard was on hand with Niklas Hjalmarsson, Viktor Stalberg and Marcus Kruger of the Blackhawks to help paint the Hawks logo on the ice at the United Center. The annual painting of the ice is a revered tradition and marks the start of the hockey season. Watch some highlights of the day below:

Monte Carlo Charity Gala Announced!

The Denis Savard Foundation is proud to announce the Monte Carlo Charity Gala. The event will take place on Friday, October 21st at Lake Forest Sports Cars from 6:30PM – 11PM featuring The Buckinghams live. Tickets start at $150. CLICK HERE for more information.

The event will benefit the charities listed below:

 

 

Unbelievable! Denis Savard in ’88

NHL.com has been taking a look back at some of the most memorable goals, dekes, and saves in NHL history. Below is an unbelievable goal from Denis Savard against the Edmonton Oilers in 1988, enjoy.

2nd Annual Golf Classic a Success!

The 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic at Edgewood Valley Country Club in La Grange, IL was held on Monday, July 18th.  In its second year, the event drew many current NHL players including Patrick Kane, Brian Campbell, Bryan Bickell and Corey Crawford. Additionally, NHL alumni in attendance included Bobby Hull serving as the featured guest, Stan Mikita, Rick Tocchet, Gerry Cheevers and Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville. NBC color analyst Eddie Olcyzk served as the Master of Ceremonies.

All in attendance received an autographed Bobby Hull Blackhawks jersey and various other takeaways.  Additionally, live and silent auctions were held for various sports memorabilia including framed signed jerseys from Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Ed Belfour, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Towes and many more. All proceeds from the golf and auction items will benefit the following Chicagoland organizations:

Below are a few shots of the event with more to come.

The Dinner Hall

Denis with a great shot

Some of the items up for auction

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The 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic was put on by Anything’s Possible Events.  For more information please call (708) 450-1710.

Most Exciting NHL Players Of All Time

NHL.com recently posted an article by John Kreiser, that listed the most exciting NHL players of all time, and Hall of Famer Denis Savard was on the list.  Below is the write up on Denis:

Denis Savard (1980-81 – 1996-97)

The NHL doesn’t allow do-overs in the draft. If it did, the Montreal Canadiens unquestionably would have wanted one in 1980.

The Canadiens had the first pick in the 1980 draft and picked Doug Wickenheiser, a big, powerful center from Regina. They passed over a speedy little center from Gatineau, Que., named Denis Savard, who went to Chicago with the third pick.

Wickenheiser went on to a serviceable NHL career — 111 goals and 276 points in 556 regular-season games. Savard had exceeded those scoring marks by the end of his fourth NHL season, by which time he already was one of the most exciting players in hockey history.

Savard may or may not have invented the spin-o-rama, a 360-degree spin and deke that usually left defensemen flat-footed, but he became the player most identified with it. The “Savardian Spin-o-rama” was part of an offensive arsenal that helped him pile up five 100-point seasons in his first eight seasons in Chicago that left baffled defensemen and frustrated goaltenders in his wake.

Ironically, Savard became a Canadien 10 years after being drafted — the Habs acquired him in a deal that sent Chicago native Chris Chelios to the Blackhawks — but his magic didn’t make the trip. Savard never again scored 30 goals or averaged a point a game. He made it back to Chicago in 1995 and finished his career with the Blackhawks, retiring with 473 goals, 1,338 points — and thousands of video clips of some of the most spectacular moves in NHL history.

Here is a short highlight video when he was introduced into the Hockey Hall of Fame:

To view the rest of the article and the other NHL all stars that topped the list, please click here.

Schedule for the 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic

The Denis Savard Foundation is proud to present the 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic.  The event will take place on Monday, July 18th, 2011 at the Edgewood Valley Country Club which is located at 7500 S. Willow Spring Road in La Grange, IL (view in Google maps).

CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC TIMELINE:

9:30 AM:                             Driving Range Opens & Registration Opens
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM:        Lunch
11:30 AM:                           Pairing Announcements
12:00 PM:                           Shotgun Start
5:00 PM:                             Cocktails
7:00 PM:                             Dinner/Program

CELEBRITIES:

-Bryan Bickle

-Stan Bowman

-Brian Campbell

-Gerry Cheevers

-Corey Crawford

-Adam Creighton

-Denis Cyr

-Eric Daze

-Michel Goulet

-Mike Haviland

-Bobby Hull

-Patrick Kane

-Reggie Kerr

-Mike Kitchen

-Steve Konroyd

-Cliff Koroll

-Marty LaPointe

-Dave Mackey

-Pete Mahovlich

-Peter Marsh

-Stan Mikita

-Grant Mulvey

-Troy Murray

-Jack O’Callahan

-Ed Olcyzk

-Brad Park

-Joel Quenneville

-Rick Tocchet

* Celebrity list is subject to change

The Celebrity Golf Classic will benefit the charities shown below:


The 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic is sold out.  If you would like to donate or learn more about The Denis Savard Foundation, please read here.