Classic nets profit for charity

SCOTT FISHER, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 11:21 AM ET

Thousands of fans packed the Corral to watch former heroes go head-to-head. But it was a relative unknown who stole the show.

Goaltender Bill Murchison, who was the head golf pro at Silver Springs for 13 years, was outstanding in all four games as he led Team (Al) Coates to the Esso 3-on-3 Pond Hockey Classic championship title.

"I certainly wouldn't go that far," Murchison said when asked if he was the difference. "I had an awfully good group in front of me."

Gord Sherven and Craig Levie scored a pair each in a 7-2 victory over Team (Glenn) Hall in the final. Brad Werenka, Dave Gagner and Marc Habscheid also scored while Ron Stern and Paul Ranheim were the only snipers to beat Murchison.

Sherven said his team's youth was a factor as the day went on.

"The rumour is we had a younger team and those young legs -- well, they're not young but younger than the other teams -- helped us out," Sherven said. "And Billy Murchison played outstanding.

"He was a nice draft pick for us."

The 10th Annual 3-on-3 Pond Hockey Classic was also a huge success for local charities.

With $150,000 raised yesterday ($80,000 to KidSport and $70,000 to Calgary Minor Hockey), the event has produced $1.24 million over the past decade.

Organizers Perry Berezan and Colin Patterson, who are stepping aside, went out on a high note.

"It's a little overwhelming to see the numbers that we got," Berezan said. "With the $1.2 million and seeing the big crowd in the final and all the thank-yous we heard from the players, it was something."

Berezan said there are a number of groups interested in carrying on the tradition.

"The Flames have talked about it and the National Sports Development group, too.

"This was the last one for Patter and I but we'd sure like to see it continue."

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NET-WORK BROADCAST: Rob Kerr had 'em rolling in the aisles yesterday.

Dubbed 'The Talking Goalie', the Fan 960 radio host laced on the pads for Team (Joel) Otto.

And he did play-by-play over the P.A. system at the same time.

When he made a stop, he'd scream "Oh, what a save! You don't see goaltending like this every day."

Goals were met with the analysis: "The goaltender had no chance on that one."

QR77's Jock Wilson called the games in which Kerr wasn't playing.


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