During the recent conference of the Honorary Appointments in the 5th Division, the Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant General Hainse was presented with a special hockey jersey by Honorary Colonel Wayne Miller, 37 Signal Regiment. The jersey was designed by the ICECAPS, the Montreal Canadians farm team located in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The jersey commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel and the sacrifice Newfoundlanders made in the First World War and in particular the “Blue Putties” of The Royal Newfoundland Regiment. On 1 July 1916 at Beaumont Hamel, 801 members of the Regiment went over the top and only 68 answered the next roll call. HCol Wayne Miller, 37 Signal Regiment and other military units in Newfoundland have formed a close relationship with the ICECAPs. On regular basis, the units provide a Colour Party for the playing of the Canadian and American anthems. Recently, Jim King, veteran Tel Op, carried the Newfoundland flag in the Colour Party.
Several months ago, the ICECAPS asked the St John’s military units to provide a presentation to the team on “mental toughness” and how the Canadian Forces prepare soldiers to deal with difficult situations on the “road to readiness” for operations. The presentation was well received. In appreciation, the ICECAPs decided to do something special to commemorate the sacrifice of The Royal Newfoundland Regiment. To mark the occasion and show their support to the military, they chose to design a commemorative jersey to be worn at home games, Feb. 5th. & 6th, The ICECAPS also provided 250 tickets for each game to military members and their families, as well and veterans. The event was national news when Don Cherry held up one of the jerseys on Hockey Night in Canada and explained the significance of the commemoration.
HCol Wayne Miller, 37 Signal Regiment, St. John’s, Newfoundland