Kicking Cancer’s Butt


YOUNG NSWC HOCKEY PLAYER PAYS IT FORWARD                                             NSWC Spring Classic golf tournament donates $4,500 to help player “kick cancer’s butt.”

NORTH VANCOUVER, September 27, 2016 – The North Shore Winter Club (NSWC) Minor Hockey’s annual Spring Classic Golf Tournament has directed 25 percent of dollars raised to Nick Rutledge, a young player taking on cancer. Diagnosed in the fall of 2015 with a rare form of cancer, Nick vowed to kick cancer’s butt and support others to do the same.

“During treatment I saw many young kids and families fighting this disease and I wanted to do something to help,” says 14-yr old Nick Rutledge. “I’m very excited to have my charities supported by NSWC’s golf tournament.” The Spring Classic brings together the NSWC community and friends to raise money to enhance the development of minor hockey players. “We’ve been exploring opportunities to give back,” noted Sergio Spadavecchia, Spring Classic founder and chair. “To help Nick take down cancer and make even a small difference for other kids brings our desire to support our community to life, we’re so proud to be part of this. We plan to make a 25 percent community-based donation part of the tournament going forward.”

 In early September a chq for $4,500 from the 2016 Spring Classic was presented to Nick for his three chosen charities: British Columbia Childhood Cancer Parent’s Association, The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (directed to Terry Fox Precision Oncology For Young People).

Cam Paddock, Director of NSWC’s Hockey Operations notes, “Our hockey program is about more than churning out hockey players; we recognize that sport plays a role in building character and who these young players will become. Nick’s tenacity toward his fight and commitment to helping others is an exemplar for our players and adults alike.” Paddock adds, “I’m proud of NSWC’s community in coming together to not only support player development but the individuals themselves. I hope this tournament continues to grow over the years.”

While Nick has been off the ice this past year for treatment, he plans to return to referee this season and his NSWC family hopes to see him rostered next year. “I had the great pleasure of coaching ‘Rutty’ two years ago,” says David Beaupré, Vice President Lafarge, Spring Classic’s gold sponsor. “He was a leader on our team and has taken that leadership and commitment to an incredible level. It was humbling to be involved helping Nick with his cause.”

The success of the Spring Classic and its ability to support young players and their causes is in large part due to our sponsors, which include: Title and Gold Sponsor, Lafarge; Silver Sponsors: Bosa Foods, Harbour Air Seaplanes, Kent Scarborough, Blu Bathworks, Shakespeare Homes & Renovations, Two Lions Public House; and our Bronze Sponsors: CSN Elite Autobody, Joe Campbell Realty, One Stop Mortgage.  To sponsor the 2017 Spring Classic contact:

NSWC Minor Hockey is home to more than 430 minor hockey players and is one of the most prestigious clubs in North America, boasting a proud record of producing Western Hockey League, National Hockey League, Canadian Tier II Junior Hockey and NCAA hockey players.

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