Celebrity sizzle

JEFFERSON HAGEN -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

If there's one sport Grant Fuhr enjoys as much as hockey, it's golf.

The Hall of Fame goaltender, who was a member of all five of the Edmonton Oilers' Stanley Cup winning teams, has constantly refined his swing, even aspiring to make a go of it on the Canadian Tour in recent seasons.

But it's the increasingly popular Celebrity Players Tour that has grabbed his attention of late.

From Michael Jordan to Marshall Faulk to Bill Murray, the tour is full of colourful personalities, guys who can flat out play and others who ... well ... look like an octopus falling out of a tree. Ahem, Charles Barkley.

"It's interesting," chuckled Fuhr from Blackhawk Golf Club yesterday, where he was promoting his own upcoming celebrity tournament. "I've played with Charles a few times. It's interesting."

FUHR CAN FLAT OUT PLAY

Fuhr is in the category of guys who can flat out play, as evidenced by his finish at last weekend's American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament at Lake Tahoe. Fuhr tied for fourth with Mario Lemieux, picking up a cool $18,564 cheque.

"I had a chance," Fuhr said of the elusive $100,000 first prize claimed by actor Jack Wagner. "I had a little glitch on Saturday and made a couple of doubles, but I played real well there. So it's a good time.

"The guys are all good guys. So that's why I think it would be good for the city."

So good, in fact, that Fuhr is inviting all his friends to Edmonton next weekend. The Grant Fuhr Celebrity Golf Classic, which will be staged at Blackhawk Golf Club, runs July 27-30 and will feature some 25 celebrity tour members, as well as former Edmonton Oilers players.

That list includes ex-NHLers such as Bernie Nicholls, Dale Tallon and Darren Veitch, and former Major League Baseball players such as Shane Rawley, Ken Reitz and Mickey Tettleton.

Actors Alfonso Ribiero (Carlton off of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and Alex Hyde-White (Pretty Woman, Catch Me If You Can) will be joined by former members of the Oilers, including Dave Semenko, Kelly Buchberger, Charlie Huddy and Dave Hunter.

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME

Unfortunately, Barkley is not on the list this year, but he could be one of the big names enticed to travel north of the border in the future. Fuhr notes this year's event will be a testing ground to see if a celebrity tour stop would work here.

"That's the total goal. I think if we get a tour stop where we can bring in all the big name guys, I think the city will support it fabulously and raise some big money for charity," he said.

"Unfortunately at this time of the year, it kind of falls at a bad time, where the guys have played four weeks in a row," Fuhr added.

"We're going to try and get a little bit better date next year and hopefully get a bigger field."

Could that even include The Great One?

After all, Fuhr still has a close relationship with Wayne Gretzky, working as the Phoenix Coyotes goaltending coach.

"We're going to try and get the boss out next year," Fuhr said with a twinkle.

CHIP SHOTS: For more information and tickets, check out www.grantfuhrcelebritygolf classic.com ... Charities supported include Ronald McDonald House and Kids Go Free.


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