Todd Davison may not be here in body, but his spirit remains far reaching and he continues to touch the lives of many across the province of Manitoba.
Davison lost his battle with cancer at the young age of 20, but not before establishing the Believe in the Goal Foundation, whose primary undertaking is to help make life more comfortable and to bring hope and joy to those affected by the disease.
The foundation was founded in 2006 and has raised more than $250,000 to date.
Two of the signature events for 2010 were unveiled at a press conference on Tuesday — the SuperStar Summer Showdown, which takes place on Aug. 12 at the MTS Centre and the invitational golf tournament goes one day earlier at Bel Acres Golf & Country Club.
After selling close to 5,000 tickets for the charity hockey game last year, the foundation has set the goal of eclipsing 8,000 tickets for 2010.
“It’s very easy for us to sacrifice a couple of days of our summer to do what we love and give back to the kids — it would be great to see as many people out as possible,” said Calgary Flames forward Nigel Dawes. “I played against Todd and he was always a feisty player. He wasn’t the biggest guy but he was tough to get off the puck, he was always determined to win every battle.
“He took that into his battle with cancer and he battled as long as he could. He’s the driving force behind this and obviously, he’s deeping missed. But I know he’s looking down and he’d be very proud with where it is today.”
Davison also touched the life of New Jersey Devils centre Travis Zajac.
“He was a great guy and he was a fighter,” said Zajac. “He was determined, he was committed and he was caring. He wanted to help other people, even when he was fighting his disease. He was more worried about making it easier for someone else.
“He was one of the most unselfish guys I’ve ever made and I was proud to be his friend. He was inspirational and made me want to be a better person.”
Among the players already confirmed for the charity hockey game (in addition to Dawes and Zajac) are Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks, Cam Barker of the Minnesota Wild, Colton Orr of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Darren Helm of the Detroit Red Wings, Eric Fehr of the Washington Capitals, Dustin Penner of the Edmonton Oilers, Ian White of the Flames, Nolan Baumgartner of the Vancouver Canucks, Frazer McLaren of the San Jose Sharks, Dustin Boyd of the Montreal Canadiens, Jordin Tootoo and Colin Wilson of the Nashville Predators and Travis Hamonic of the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Tickets are available at TicketMaster and for more information, contact Believe in the Goal Foundation president Colleen Deckert at 228-9713, vice-president Glenn Carnegie at 488-6611 or visit www.believeinthegoal.com.