The Toronto Marlies and their fans will honour the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) today during their game against the Albany Devils at 5 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum. For the eighth consecutive year, the Marlies will dedicate this game to show their appreciation for the CAF.
Over 350 members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families will be in attendance this afternoon through ticket donations from MLSE. The CAF will be represented by personnel from the Canadian Forces College (CFC), Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Borden, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) York, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) 8 Wing Trenton, The Lieutenant-Colonel George Taylor Denison III Armoury, and the Canadian Forces Environmental Medicine Establishment (CFEME) Aerospace Group.
Throughout the game, members of the Canadian Armed Forces will be honoured and recognized. As part of the pregame ceremonies, Commander Robert Johnston, commanding officer of HMCS York and his Coxwain will participate in the ceremonial puck drop. The American and Canadian National Anthems will be performed by Sergeant Darryl Casselman, alongside the flag party from Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) York. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces will also take part in all in-game activations, including a G Wagon t-shirt toss and goal shootout. Following the game, all CAF members in attendance will be invited down to centre-ice for a photo opportunity with members of the Toronto Marlies organization.
MLSE’s history with the Canadian military can be traced back 100 years starting with Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe, who was a Major with the Canadian Armed Forces and represented Canada in World War I and II. Many members of the Arenas, St. Pats and Maple Leafs served, including Hall of Famers Johnny Bower, Turk Broda and Syl Apps. Several MLSE players, alumni and executives have also visited Afghanistan on goodwill missions.
Colin McBride, Toronto Marlies, email@example.com
Melissa Perri, MLSE, Melissa.Perri@MLSE.com, (416) 815-5524