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NORTH BAY, Ont. — The North Bay Battalion, in partnership with 22 Wing North Bay, is set to play a Military Appreciation game at 2 p.m. Sunday when the Niagara IceDogs are the Ontario Hockey League visitors.

The Battalion will wear special ‘Canada 150’ sweaters, featuring the CF-18 demonstration jet. The sweaters are to be sold in a silent auction in the north concourse of Memorial Gardens, with all proceeds going to the Military Family Resource Centre at Canadian Forces Base North Bay.

“On behalf of my teammates, I’d like to say we’re proud to be able to honour our veterans and help our military families, especially those here locally in North Bay,” Battalion captain Riley Bruce said at a news conference Tuesday.

“They give a lot for our country, so we’re happy to say thank you and give back to those who have given so much for us. North Bay has a strong military history, so being able to honour that is something that is extremely special to all of us.”

Said Wing Commander Col. Mark Roberts: “This Military Appreciation Day upcoming this weekend means a great deal to us.

“We’re excited to have junior hockey here, and to have team ownership and players showing your appreciation for those of us in uniform. That connection to the community means so much to us, so to be honoured means a great deal.”

Tom Hedican, honourary colonel of 51 Aerospace Control and Warning (Operational Training) Squadron, also expressed his appreciation.

“A big thank you to the Battalion, from all of us for all the work they’ve done. The players look absolutely fantastic, the sweaters look amazing, and I can’t wait to see them all on the ice on Sunday.”

Said honourary colonel George Burton: “The proceeds from the silent auction will go to our local Military Family Resource Centre. There’s so much support for the men and women who serve and their families, and it’s going to be a great game.”

The Military Family Resource Centre provides programs and services that foster strong community and family relationships in response to the unique needs of military families throughout Northeastern Ontario.

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