Before last weekend's two-game set, the Moose Jaw Warriors had a chance to reignite their love of the game of hockey.

The Warriors hosted the Moose Jaw Novice 'A' White Warriors for their practice last Thursday at Mosaic Place.

"It was tons of fun, it was awesome to see the smiles on their faces and we enjoyed it just as much as they did," said Warriors goalie Adam Evanoff.

The Novice A White Warriors won a contest through the Western Hockey League and B.C. Fruits that gave them the opportunity to spend the day with the big club.

The young hockey players joined the WHL players on the ice for practice and a scrimmage. The Warriors then led them through some stretching before they ate supper together.

Warriors NovicePractice Jan31 1Rhyker McMorris from the Novice A White Warriors slides the puck past Warriors goalie Adam Evanoff during a drill on Thursday. (Photo: Marc Smith)

"It was really fun, it was a great opportunity, probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Bentley Messner from the White Warriors.

While on the ice, the Warriors players joked around with the young kids and tried to show them some tips to help become better players.

Warriors captain Josh Brook said that they gained just as much from the day as the kids did, "All the kids are smiling, we're all smiling and enjoying it, it's awesome," he said.

"I remember when I was their age and how much you enjoyed going out with older guys and skating so it was awesome," added the 19-year-old Montreal Canadiens prospect.

Warriors NovicePractice Jan31 2Warriors forward Kale Clouston speaks with one of the young hockey players during Thursday's practice at Mosaic Place. (Photo: Marc Smith)

Evanoff added that days like this really allow the Warriors to see the impact that they can have on a younger fan.

"It's pretty humbling, seeing how much they care about us and how much they look up to us, so it’s pretty cool," he said.

The White Warriors finished off the experience with a tour of the Warriors' locker room and then they had the chance to take in warmups from the Warriors' bench before Friday night's 6-1 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers.

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