Memo­rial game to be held in hon­our of Bron­cos, Evan Thomas

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The Moose Jaw Gen­er­als will be join­ing forces with the Moose Jaw Warriors for a spe­cial memo­rial game in hon­our of the Hum­boldt Bron­cos and for­mer Gen­er­als for­ward Evan Thomas. Thomas was among 16 play­ers and staff of the SJHL team killed in the tragic bus ac­ci­dent on Apr. 6. “(For­mer Gen­er­als) Chantz Petruic and Ahmed Ally, they reached out to me and asked if we could put some­thing like this to­gether, they have all the con­tacts with those guys and I thought it was a fan­tas­tic idea,” said Gen­er­als coach Ray Ware­ham. “So we got to­gether and we met with Alan Mil­lar and the War­rior staff and dis­cussed our op­tions and it all came to­gether pretty quickly.” The game is set for Apr. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Mo­saic Place, with ad­mis­sion by do­na­tion and all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Bron­cos and the Thomas fam­ily. In only a cou­ple of days, more than 40 play­ers signed on to take part in the con­test – in­clud­ing Van­cou­ver Canucks de­fence­man and for­mer Gen­eral Der­rick Pouliot. The cur­rent ros­ter in­cludes a host of for­mer Midget AAA play­ers along with many from the SJHL and WHL. “Once word started get­ting out, there are a lot of guys who reached out and wanted to par­tic­i­pate,” Ware­ham said. The event’s or­ga­niz­ers hope the con­test will act as an­other step in the heal­ing process af­ter such a hor­rific tragedy. “Everybody heals dif­fer­ently; hockey is in­grained in us here, it’s in our blood and Evan was part of our fam­ily,” Ware­ham said. “Plus his dad is a for­mer War­rior on the Wall of Fame, and Evan’s mom is a for­mer Moose Jaw girl, so there a lots of ties to the com­mu­nity. “Any­thing we can do that might help, we’re just hon­oured and pleased to be able to do it... we’re just try­ing to make it a night where we all get to­gether to hon­our Evan and maybe share a few laughs as a part of the heal­ing process.”

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