Timonen cleared to play in Flyers' golf tourney

Timonen cleared to play in Flyers' golf tourney

September 3, 2014, 5:30 pm
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Updated: 7:21 p.m.

Although it's unlikely Kimmo Timonen will play for the Flyers any time soon, fans can still catch him up close and personal. Sorta.

Timonen has been medically cleared to play in the Flyers' Sept. 16 Celebrity Golf Invitational, which will be held at Trump National Golf Club.

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall confirmed to CSNPhilly.com that Timonen is only permitted to play golf.

All the proceeds from this tournament, which is chaired by Claude Giroux with help from Timonen and Wayne Simmonds, benefits the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.

During a conference call on Wednesday to discuss the tourney, Giroux cited Timonen as perhaps the best golfer who will be on the course that day.

Timonen was diagnosed with blood clots last month in his right leg and both lungs (see story). He was to have undergone medical evaluation by the Flyers' team physicians last week, but the club has not yet commented. Over in Finland, doctors said he had a Protein C deficiency that was making him vulnerable to blood clots.

The Flyers are proceeding as if he will not play this season, which is why they signed Michael Del Zotto in free agency.

The entire Flyers NHL roster is expected to participate in the golf outing. More than $500,000 has been raised for the event. Snider has pledged $2 for every $1 raised. At least $1.5 million is expected to be raised, according to ESYHF president Scott Tharp.

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