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New York Rangers In Banff Host Training Camp, Charity Golf Tournament For Flood Relief, Joke Around

09/20/2013 01:57 EDT

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is in Banff and he is ready for anything... even unstoppable moose or ferocious grizzly bears.

Henrik made the comments while joking with the CBC on Thursday during a break from a five-day Rangers training camp in Canada's most famous mountain town.

"I expect anything," Lundqvist said.

"Moose, grizzlies, whatever shows up, I'm ready for it."

The legendary squad didn't just take time out to joke, as they also hosted a charity golf tournament at the Banff Springs golf course, with all profits going to June flood relief efforts.

The team took to the links with hockey legend Kelly Hrudey as event emcee Thursday, with all proceeds from the tournament going to the Rotary Club of Canmore, Flood Relief Fund and the Banff Community Foundation.

"To do this event today, we'll be able to raise money for a great cause. For me it's wonderful and it's the same for our players. When we told them the idea of coming down and dong this, they were all for it," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told the CBC.

The Rangers' Banff visit ends on Sunday before they meet the Flames in Calgary on Monday.

Practices were open to the public, giving locals a rare, intimate peek at one of the NHL's most iconic hockey teams.

The fundraiser was the brainchild of Ann Sather, wife of New York Rangers president and GM, as well as former Edmonton Oilers coach during the team's glory days, Glen Sather, the Calgary Herald said.

“We were watching it on TV as we were packing to come home,” Sather told the Herald.

Ann said, ‘Why don’t we do something for those people who lost so much?’ She knew I could get something going.

“I always listen to my wife. She’s usually right.”

Cash raised by the Rangers through the charity tournament will go to the hardest hit communities in the Banff area.

Banff's tourism took a hard hit, as access in and out of the town was non-existent or heavily restricted for the first few weeks following the flood. Heavy infrastructure and homes were washed away in Canmore, while a large number of homes in the Morley Reserve were flooded out, leaving hundreds homeless.

The June floods has been categorized by the provincial government as the worst natural disaster in Alberta history. It's believed the final cost of the disaster may top $5 billion.

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