Morinville – The Jets will take to the ice this season with one less jersey number. In memory of former team captain Nick McRae, who died Sept. 3, the club has decided to retire the jersey.
“Nick was a great leader on and off the ice and will be missed by the Morinville jets family,” said team president Brent Melville Tuesday night. “His number 11 will be retired later this year and the Jets will wear a number 11 on their jerseys to honour Nick.”
Melville said McRae passed away in Edson Sept. 3 as the result of an ATV accident. McRae was 21 and lived in Riviere Qui Barre.
His passing has put a pause in this week’s training camp as many veterans are off to pay their respects to the family.
McRae joined the Jets in the 2009/2010 season and earned three goals and 10 assists for the club. His second season with the Jets saw him pick up four goals and 11 assists. Last season McRae earned four goals and 23 assists.
Melville said he does not yet know when the funeral will be held but anticipates it will be this weekend.