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Warriors show support for Snowbirds

Close bond between WHL team and 431 Air Demonstration Squadron seen on Twitter after fatal crash
The Moose Jaw Warriors wear their special jerseys during their annual Snowbirds Night this past season. Twitter photo.

The Moose Jaw Warriors and Canadian Forces Snowbirds have had a long and fruitful relationship ever since the Western Hockey League squad arrived in the community, and that could be seen firsthand with how members of the team reacted to the fatal crash this past weekend.

Many players, both past and present, took to social media to express their condolences after Snowbirds public affairs officer Capt. Jenn Casey and was killed and Capt. Richard MacDougall seriously injured when their Tutor jet crashed into a residential neighbourhood in Kamloops, B.C. on Sunday morning.

The Warriors offered their condolences as a team shortly after the accident was confirmed.

Kale Clouston, who played for the Warriors in the 2018-19 season, was one of the first former players to offer condolences. Florida Panthers prospect Dryden Hunt, San Jose Sharks prospect Zach Sawchenko and University of Calgary standout Brodan Salmond all flew with the team during their annual Snowbirds Day and expressed their sadness over the accident. Former Warriors Brayden Tracey and Jett Woo also offered their support. Several current players -- all of whom played in the Warriors' annual Snowbirds Game this past season -- took to Twitter to offer their condolences. The Snowbirds were nearing the end of their Operation Inspiration cross-Canada tour when the accident happened, and the team remains grounded while an investigation is ongoing.
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