Minto Minor Hockey unveiled the new-look jersey, which is now being worn by teams from Novice up, in a special ceremony prior to the Palmerston 81’s Nov. 7 home game. A total of 25 players, one representing each of the sponsors who contributed to the purchase, skated onto the ice decked out in the gear, which feature a modified version of the association’s familiar crazed canine logo.
The jerseys also represent a change in colour scheme, with road jerseys predominantly red, rather than dark blue.
The new jerseys will also bear a patch containing the letters “JD” as a memorial tribute to former Minto hockey player Jeff Davie, of Harriston, who passed away from a brain tumour on November 16, 2008, at the age of 24. Krista Davie, Jeff’s sister, said she hopes players explain that Jeff Davie was a dedicated and hard-working athlete who played in their system, when asked about the patch.
To outfit 11 teams with the new jerseys was an expensive undertaking, a $22,000 touch that couldn’t have been accomplished without such generous sponsor support, notes MMH equipment manager Blair Camm.
Two arena wall plaques recognizing the sponsors were also unveiled during the presentation.