An Ontario Junior A team will be renaming itself the Snowbirds for a game to honour Capt. Jennifer Casey.

The Trenton, Ontario Golden Hawks are honouring the former Quinte West resident with their game Friday against the Wellington Dukes.

Casey died in a crash of the Tutor jet as the team's public affairs officer shortly after takeoff in Kamloops in May, at a stop for Operation Inspiration. 

“The Trenton Junior A Hockey Club is honoured to be named after Canada’s original aerobatics team, the Golden Hawks," said Trenton director of operations John McDonald in a media release. "It is only natural we honour the current aerobatics team, Captain Casey, and Operation Inspiration. This game would not happen without the Casey family, the Golden Hawks aerobatics team, 431 Squadron in Moose Jaw, CFB Trenton, former Golden Hawk Dan Dempsey, and jersey designer Dave O’Malley.”

Casey lived in Trenton from 2012 to 2018 and was the operations officer for the CF-18 Demo team at the military base there before being transferred to Moose Jaw and started with the Snowbirds in November, 2018. 

The team's general manager Todd Reid said they all mourned the loss of Casey. 

The team will auction off special jerseys worn that night, with proceeds going to a scholarship in Casey's name