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Rotary Club to honour former NHLer Brian Savage

One of the best players the Nickel City has produced to receive a Paul Harris Fellow Award
The Rotary Club of Sudbury will be celebrating Brian Savage’s dedication to the community with a Paul Harris Fellow Award during a dinner at the Caruso Club on June 22. (File)

His name has become synonymous with hockey in Greater Sudbury, but off the ice Brian Savage has been committed to community involvement and enhancing the place where we live, work and play. 

The Rotary Club of Sudbury will be celebrating Brian Savage’s dedication to the community with a Paul Harris Fellow Award. 

In recognition of his achievements, the Rotary Club of Sudbury will be hosting a dinner at the Caruso Club on Thursday, June 22. 

Tickets are $149 (plus one dollar); cocktail hour begins at 5:49 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:49 – a play on Brian’s well-known hockey #49.

The dinner will help support children’s health care needs in northeastern Ontario with proceeds going to NEO Kids Foundation and will also help support local community projects through the Rotary Club of Sudbury.

“We look forward to honouring Brian Savage with a Paul Harris Fellow,” said Rick MacKenzie, Rotary Club of Sudbury. 

“Brian embodies the motto of the Rotary Club ‘service above self’ with his outstanding contributions to our community. This year the Rotary Foundation is celebrating its 100th year of doing good in communities across the world. We wanted to mark this milestone with an extra special Paul Harris Fellow.”

“Thank you to Brian for once again choosing to help the young children in our community and beyond to live happier and healthier lives,” said Patricia Mills, president of NEO Kids Foundation. 

“Your exemplary leadership and continued support of our community is inspiring.”

Brain Savage is widely-known for having played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadians, Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers. One of his career highlights was winning an Olympic silver medal with Canada’s hockey team at the 1994 winter games in Lillehammer, Norway.

When he retired, Brian focused his efforts on developing his business interests along with service to others and philanthropy. He brought his prodigious networking and organizational skills to the Brian Savage Celebrity Classic golf tournament which raised more than $1,000,000 in 13 years for under-privileged children in Sudbury. 

Brian has provided financial support and service to many highly regarded charitable organizations including the Ten Rainbows Foundation, NEO Kids Foundation and Megan’s Wings Foundation to name a few.

“The evening will be filled with great food, open bar, entertainment and of course some recounting of Brian’s career in the NHL," said MacKenzie.

"We look forward to presenting Brian with the Paul Harris Fellow with his family, friends and some former NHL teammates by his side.” 

To purchase tickets please contact Lee Smith at 705-674-3430 or email