Friendships formed within the great sport of hockey are never lost -- even when tragedy strikes and takes them from us. North Saint Paul head coach Nate Peasley knows that feeling all too well. Peasley lost former teammate and close friend Robb Ross in a motorcycle accident in 2011.
In an effort to preserve his friend's legacy, and carry on his passion for hockey, Peasley came up with the idea for the Robb Ross Memorial Golf Tournament.
In its second year, the Robb Ross Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on July, 27, in an effort to raise money for the Robb Ross Memorial Scholarship as well as the North Boys High School Hockey Program. This may just be a golf tournament, but for Peasley, it means much more.
The two played high school hockey together at North Saint Paul. They were only a year apart in age, but quickly hit it off, and became close friends on and off the ice. After high school, Ross played college hockey at West Point for Army, and later starred for the Turnhout White Caps in Belgium. Back in the U.S., Ross and Peasley ran a hockey camp together, where they started to think about the future.
“We started thinking about coaching high school together,” Peasley remarked. “He always said that if I got the head coaching position, he would be my assistant. We wanted to take the program to the next level.”
Ross was visiting a friend in Florida when tragedy struck. He was 27.
When Peasley was named head coach of the North Saint Paul Polars, the first thing he wanted to do was set up a golf tournament and scholarship in Ross' name.
“If Robb isn’t on the bench next to me, this would be the next best thing,” Peasley said. “He’d want to do anything to help the program.”
The first tournament was a huge success. It helped raise $1,000 for the first Robb Ross Memorial Scholarship, awarded to Andrew Michel for $1,000.
“It was a huge honor to be awarded this scholarship,” said Michel.
The scholarship is awarded to a graduating hockey player who exemplifies a positive attitude, leadership skills, and all qualities of what it means to be a Polar.
Peasley hopes that this year’s golf tournament will bring even more success than last year’s. The more money that is raised, the bigger a scholarship that can be handed out, and the building of the North Boys Hockey program can continue.
This year's tournament will be held at Hillcrest Golf Club. As Coach Peasley put it, “We are doing everything we can to keep Robb’s name in everyone’s heart.”
Please visit the following webpage for more information on playing in the tournament or providing any kind of sponsorship or donation. http://www.birdeasepro.com/RobbRossMemorial