Jeff Wilkes of Toronto lines himself up to chip during the opening week of Predator Ridge Thursday morning.

Jeff Wilkes of Toronto lines himself up to chip during the opening week of Predator Ridge Thursday morning.

NHL event on course for Predator Ridge

The National Hockey League Players Association will hold its Golf Classic at Predator Ridge Golf Resort July 9

Hockey greats will be hitting the links in Vernon.

The National Hockey League Players Association will hold its Golf Classic at Predator Ridge Golf Resort July 9.

“It’s a private event,” said Ingrid Dilschneider, Predator’s director of business development.

“Last year, they were in Pebble Beach and they have been to Las Vegas and Glen Abbey before. We think this is great for the region because of the appeal of Predator Ridge and the number of players and coaches that live in the area.”

It’s expected the Golf Classic will feature current and former NHL players.

“They (NHLPA) haven’t released any of those details yet,” said Dilschneider when asked about who may participate.

While there have been some media reports, Dilschneider says the charity that will benefit from the event has not been finalized by the NHLPA yet.

Details are also being worked out on a possible public component to the festivities.

Predator Ridge is the summer home of Hockey Canada and Dilschneider is confident the NHLPA Golf Classic will further bolster the resort’s reputation.

“We are very excited and it’s great to be awarded this event. It’s a great step for the next phase of Predator Ridge,” she said.