Sports jerseys authorized for Canadian Armed Forces members on 12 April

Statement / April 11, 2018

Tomorrow, Canadians across the country will don sports jerseys as a gesture to show their support for the Humboldt Broncos hockey team following last week’s tragic events in Saskatchewan.

Because of the work we do, many of us in uniform have experienced the same emotional burden tragedies like this inflict. Canadians regularly show outpourings of support for us in our time of need. Now it’s time for us to give back.

To show our support for the Broncos, I have authorized the wearing of sports jerseys by Canadian Armed Forces members tomorrow, April 12. For those of you who decide to participate, I encourage you to share imagery of your jerseys on social media and tag the @CanadianForces Facebook account.

As operational requirements take precedence, not all Canadian Armed Forces members will be able to participate. Also, no one should be wearing a jersey while travelling to and from their work, but may do so within their workplaces and buildings.

Our condolences go out to all the players, families and friends affected by this tragedy.

Jonathan H. Vance
Chief of the Defence Staff

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