Phaneuf soiree a smashing success

Phaneuf soiree a smashing success
  1. Phaneuf soiree a smashing success
    Among the items auctioned off at the Ferguslea Senators Soiree (presented by Bell) on Tuesday was a night with what became a growing group of…

Among the items auctioned off at the Ferguslea Senators Soiree (presented by Bell) on Tuesday was a night with what became a growing group of players.


Initially, it consisted of Cody Ceci, Mike Hoffman, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mark Stone. Bidding jumped when Dion Phaneuf joined the group, and spiked when Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson included themselves.

The winner paid $65,000, to which Phaneuf celebrated by promising to bring all the wine.

Phaneuf also had the winning bid of $7,000 for a day at Chris Neil’s cottage.

“I’m going to Neiler’s lake,” Phaneuf beamed after Wednesday’s practice. “You go wake surfing, and go on his boat for a day, and he gets to buy dinner. So it will be good.”

The annual soiree, Phaneuf’s first, raised a record $446,725 for the Senators foundation.

“I thought it was incredible,” said the former Maple Leaf captain, who was acquired in a trade by Ottawa 11 months ago. “Right from how they transformed the rink into a beautiful banquet area, and everything was first class. It just showed the support that we have with our fans in the community, and the corporate sponsors … to raise over $400,000 in one night, I was just so impressed and really happy to be part of it.

“As players, it’s a big event for us,…

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