By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – Jet rookies, veterans and alumni take to the ice over two games this weekend in what has been a highly anticipated annual tradition. This weekend’s Light up the Night Festival will include both an opportunity for former Morinville Jets to show they still have it and for the current crop of players to show the alumni the Jet brand goes on strong.
The Alumni game takes up to 40 players from the Jets past and puts them on the ice in a fun no-contact game. Although the hard checking is kept to a minimum, it is almost certain a mock fight or two will break out on the ice.
The concept was started some years ago as a way to allow former players to keep in contact with once another, if only once a year at a reunion game.
Alumni hit the ice at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the CJHL regular season game at 8:30 p.m., a contest in which the Morinville Jets take on the visiting Leduc Riggers. While the alumni will don jerseys in both home and away colours, the current team will play in jerseys of a different and symbolic colour.
“The Jets will be wearing pink jerseys to support prostate cancer as it is Movember,” said Morinville Jets President Brent Melville. “The pink jerseys will be auctioned off during the game with all proceeds to Prostate Cancer Canada.”
Last year the Jets wore camouflage jerseys in honour of the Canadian Armed Forces. Proceeds from the jersey auction went to a military charity.
Alumni interested in playing should call Brent Melville at 780-699-2903 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $25 per player, an amount that covers ice costs, referees, beer and pizza after the game.