In an effort to recognize the dedication of all the soldiers that serve and protect our country, the Winnipeg Jets today announced the hockey club will host their fourth annual Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation game on Monday, March 6, 2016 at MTS Centre when the team welcomes the San Jose Sharks. Game time is 7:00 pm CT.
The event saluting the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces will have many elements. The Jets will support the Canadian Armed Forces by wearing limited edition military themed jerseys for warm-up. All warm-up jerseys will then be auctioned online with proceeds going to Canadian Armed Forces charities. Prior to the game, an official puck drop will take place involving the following military members:
- Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division based here in Winnipeg, Major General Christian Drouin
- Ray Forbes was a member of the legendary RCAF Flyers hockey team who captured the gold medal for Canada at the 1948 Olympics in Switzerland. Forbes was born In Portage la Prairie Manitoba and is one of only three living members of the 1948 Olympic Champions.
- RCAF pilot Lieutenant Colonel Michele "Scrappie" Claveau who will be featured as one of the Top 20 Women in Defence and is currently the Commander of the Regional Cadet Support Unit here in Winnipeg.
- 23-year service veteran RCAF pilot Major Genevieve Dussault.
The national anthem will be performed by Sergeant David Grenon and Sergeant Cindy Scott from the Royal Canadian Airforce Band, accompanied by the Canadian Armed Forces Flag Party from the 17 Wing Winnipeg.
Canadian Armed Forces personnel attending the game are encouraged to be in uniform as they will be invited to take part in a post-game photo on the ice at MTS Centre. Only Canadian Forces personnel in uniform will be eligible for the post-game photo. All Canadian Forces personnel receive a souvenir Jets puck.
True North Sports & Entertainment Limited is donating a block of tickets to Canadian Armed Forces members and their families. Season Seat Holders also had the option to donate their tickets to the March 6th game. In total, over 550 Canadian Armed Forces members and their families will be in attendance.