SOURCE: Tofino Saltwater Classic

Tofino Saltwater Classic

July 11, 2012 12:00 ET

NHL's Brendan Morrison's Third Annual Tofino, British Columbia, Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby Raises $50,000 for Community Initiatives

Winning Anglers Donate Portion of Prize to Tofino Salmon Enhancement Program

TOFINO, BC--(Marketwire - Jul 11, 2012) -  Canadian professional ice hockey player, Brendan Morrison of the National Hockey League, today announced that the Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby held July 7-8, 2012 raised $50,000 to support four Tofino community initiatives -- Wickaninnish Community School, Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society, Tofino Parks and Recreation Program, and the West Coast Multiplex Society.

In its third year, the Tofino Saltwater Classic welcomed more than 100 anglers, including Stanley Cup winner Willie Mitchell, competing for $15,000 in cash prizes. Award categories and winners were:

First Place Chinook Salmon: 27 pounds
Winner: Lutz Zilliken, with Billy McGinnis, Prize: $6,000.00 
($3,000 of prize donated back to the Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society)

Second Place Chinook Salmon: 26.25 pounds
Winner: Kate Crosby, with Steve Penfold, Prize: $3,750.00

Third Place Chinook Salmon: 24.85 pounds
Winner: Dean Harrington, Prize: $2,250.00

Largest Halibut: 64.95 pounds
Winner: Josh Temple, Prize: $1,500.00

Largest Coho Salmon: 12.2 pounds
Winner: Brian Kask, Prize: $1,500.00

"The results from this year's derby are phenomenal," said Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby host, Brendan Morrison. "Not only did we fill the registration roster 3 weeks before the derby opened, our fundraising efforts raised more money for Tofino community initiatives than the previous 2 years combined. As every angler who has joined the Saltwater Classic knows, Tofino is a great place to fish and a great community to support. We look forward to next year's event."

In addition to participant registration fees, the Tofino Saltwater Classic raised funds at a silent auction hosted by Morrison following the first day of the derby, and by private donations from Tofino residents and business owners.

Dates for the 2013 Tofino Saltwater Classic will be announced in December, 2012.

About the Tofino Saltwater Classic
In its third year, the Tofino Saltwater Classic fishing derby was created by the National Hockey League's (NHL) Brendan Morrison as a fundraiser for Tofino community initiatives. More information can be found at www.tofinosaltwaterclassic.com.

Tofino is a year-round travel destination on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Bounded by the open Pacific Ocean, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Tofino is known for its miles of pristine beaches and unparalleled adventures, including whale and wildlife watching, saltwater and freshwater fishing, surfing, kayaking, boating, hiking, and winter storm watching. www.tourismtofino.com

Contact Information

  • Media Contact
    Lynda Kaye
    Kaye Public Relations for the Tofino Saltwater Classic
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    p: 250.266.5293

    Event Contact
    Shawna Gardham
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    p: 604.928.5013