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Veteran, gold medalist bravely stands for puck drop

Roy Forbes didn't want to stay in wheelchair for ceremony @NHLdotcom

Jets commemorate Roy Forbes

SJS@WPG: Gold medalist Roy Forbes drops the puck

The Jets honor 94-year old Roy Forbes, a 1948 Olympic gold medalist, as he drops the ceremonial puck before the game at MTS Centre

  • 04:08 •

Even at 94 years old, Canadian Air Force veteran and Olympic gold medalist, Roy Forbes didn't miss a chance to get on the ice.

The Winnipeg Jets honored Canadian military veterans Monday night through a series of gestures, including presenting a $100,000 check to Major General Christian Drouin for the Military Families Fund, the Soldier On Fund, and the Air Force Heritage Fund. More than 500 Jets season ticket holders also donated their seats for the game to veterans.

Tweet from @NHLJets: Thank you.

But Forbes stole the show when he shed his wheelchair to drop the ceremonial puck. Major Genevieve Dussault and Lieutenant Colonel Michele Claveau helped get him out of his chair.

Forbes was on the Royal Canadian Air Force Flyers, a team of mostly active and former RCAF members based in Ottawa that won the ice hockey gold medal for Canada at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz Switzerland.

It was the first Olympics after World War II and Canada asked the RCAF Flyers to represent the country at the games. The Canadian Forces honored the team in 2001 as its greatest military athletes of the 20th century.

For the puck drop, Forbes put on a gold medal performance, indeed.

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