A look at the jersey the Warriors will be wearing on Saturday night.


The Moose Jaw Warriors and Canadian Forces Snowbirds have developed a very special bond over the past two seasons and that continues on Saturday night.


The tribe will be hosting the Snowbrids’ pilots for the second annual Snowbird Night when they take on the Edmonton Oil Kings at Mosaic Place.


This a tradition that was started last season with two players getting the chance to go flying with the Snowbirds and then the team returning the favour with a game dedicated to them, and all the men and women of the Canadian Forces.


“We’ve been able to establish a great relationship with everyone out at the base and having both teams go back and forth to learn about each other,” said Warriors general manager Alan Millar.  “There’s so many similarities in terms of the values of team and team work.”


Last month, Tanner Eberle and Sam Fioretti got the chance to go flying with the Snowbirds during a special day out at 15 Wing Moose Jaw.  The Warriors got the opportunity to sit in on briefings and see the work that goes into putting on their show.  Now the team will return the favour by giving the Snowbirds full access on Saturday night.


“They have open access to spending some time with our players and staff before the game,” said Millar.  “They actually sit in our dressing room as part of pre-game and our coaches addressing the team.  They get a good inside look at what we do on a game night.”


Last year, the Warriors wore a Snowbirds patch on their jerseys to honour the air demonstration team, but this year, they’ve taken it up a notch and done up a special edition jersey that will be auctioned off after the game in support of the Moose Jaw Health Foundation.


“The jerseys have turned out fantastic, they look sharp, it’s an outstanding initiative and we hope to have a great night and raise a good chunk of money for the new hospital initiative,” explained Millar.


“We looked at a few different jerseys, some of them kind of looked like an astroid game and we really didn’t want to go down that path, we like the simple approach and the sharpness of the city name.”


The auction will begin on Saturday at 6:00pm and will continue throughout the game on the concourse at Mosaic Place.  After the game, the auction will freeze and be picked back up on Monday at mjwarriors.ca.  The auction will close on Wednesday, March 15th at 5:00pm.


Fans will be able to email in their bids to souvenirs@mjwarriors.com, call 306-694-5711 ext. 3010, or stop by the Warriors souvenir store.


The team will also be giving out special edition posters (seen below) on Saturday night featuring the Warriors and Snowbirds.  The first 1,500 fans through the door will take home the poster.