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Rielly and other alumni back for Warriors golf tournament

Morgan Rielly was just one of the alumni names back in town.

Moose Jaw Warriors

Former and current Moose Jaw Warriors are back in the Friendly City for the fifth annual K+S Potash Canada alumni golf tournament this weekend.

“I am quite happy to here with all the guys again,” said Rielly. “We are here for a good cause, which is nice.”

This golf tournament raises money for the team’s education fund. Many of the players in the Canadian Hockey League use the funds for education and to continue to play hockey at the collegiate level.

“There are always players that had a chance to play college hockey in Canada and that is an awesome opportunity to have,” said Rielly. “That is a great aspect of playing junior hockey with the chances like this. There are some great players in those leagues nowadays. I think we are all happy to be back for a good cause and to help out.”

The Warriors contribute $100,000 annually to graduated players. To date, this tournament has raised $297,518 and the goal this year is to raise over $100,000 for the education fund.

“We all had a chance to play here before and we all know what this team means to the community,” said Rielly. “I think each time you have a chance to help out or try and come back, it is always a pleasure. I always enjoyed my time in Moose Jaw and every chance I have to come back, I will try and take advantage of it.”

Other alumni in town are Troy Brouwer, Quinton Howden, Ryan Stanton, Dylan McIlrath and Donovan Nunweiler.

Rielly made the Toronto Maple Leafs at 19 years old and felt like he grew his game in his rookie season as he got accustomed to the NHL game.

“I love Toronto and it is a great place to play. It is a great hockey market with great fans,” he said. “Our team was young and we have a lot of upside.”

The Leafs, like many other NHL teams, have undergone some personnel changes this off-season. Toronto fired their assistant coaches, but brought in some new players via free agency on July 1.

“It was quite heated there for a while, but I am just looking forward to training camp and getting back into it. I am training hard at home,” said Rielly. “There are always changes on each team around the league and that is just an aspect of the business that you just have to get used to. I don’t think that it is going to change anything about our team, whether it is two new coaches or two new players, we are just going to worry about playing hard and having a good year.”

As Rielly heads into his sophomore year, there is a better comfort level going into training camp. He knows what head coach Randy Carlyle already expects of him, which makes the process a little easier.

“I think I have that extra confidence. I am at the point where I know I can play at that level and not worry about training camp a lot,” he said. “There are always jobs up for grabs, but you just have to go in confident and play well.” 

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