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August 31, 2016

Mike Hoffman

Dennis Wideman

Kyle Platzer

Tanner Pearson

Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

THE MODERATOR: Thanks for joining us today and supporting professional women's golf and the LPGA. Can you give your name and team?

DENNIS WIDEMAN: My name is Dennis Wideman, and I'm with Calgary.

KYLE PLATZER: My name is Kyle Platzer, and I'm with the Edmonton Oilers.

TANNER PEARSON: My name is Tanner Pearson, and I'm with the Los Angeles Kings.

MIKE HOFFMAN: Mike Hoffman with the Ottawa Senators.

Q. Can you speak to the significance of having a professional sporting event like this week's Manulife LPGA Classic in the region?
KYLE PLATZER: It's a great golf course to have an event at. It's fun to watch these girls go out and post good numbers.

MIKE HOFFMAN: For myself, I mean, I've never played with a professional golfer. So be pretty cool to see how they hit the ball, and their approaches and putting and whatnot. So I think that's the biggest thing.

Q. Did you all practice in preparation for today's game? Be honest here.
DENNIS WIDEMAN: I've played four rounds in the last three months. So, no, I didn't practice. I have two young kids, so I don't get to play much.

KYLE PLATZER: I played a ton this year, but not recently in the last month or so. Hopefully my "A" game comes out today.

TANNER PEARSON: Yeah, we're all members of the same course, so us three golf quite a bit together throughout the summer.

MIKE HOFFMAN: I play quite a bit in the afternoons, usually three or four times a week, so there should be no complaints.

Q. What are you looking forward to today, as you play in the Pro-Am?
MIKE HOFFMAN: We're here to win. We're not here to sip tea.

Q. (Inaudible)?
DENNIS WIDEMAN: I usually try to follow it as much as I can. This year they had a great year again, and they did win the Cup the year after I left there. Yeah, I follow them, I still keep in contact here and there when I can. I'm obviously pretty proud of the Knights and what they have been able to do over the last decade. So it's exciting to see them winning again.

Q. (Inaudible)?
DENNIS WIDEMAN: I think it's huge. I think when you are just a young kid like that and you are just learning the game and learning the ins and outs of how to play, I think they do a great job there of getting you ready for the pro life. It's a hundred times different from junior to making that transition into pro. I think having those guys there that have done it for a long time, have been around the game for a long time, really get the players ready to turn pro. I think that goes with the amount of players that are coming out of their system. When they do come to the NHL, they seem a lot more ready.

Q. (Inaudible)?
TANNER PEARSON: No. I have surfed, yes.

Q. (Inaudible)?
TANNER PEARSON: I live on the beach, so it could come in handy.

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