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Coquitlam Express to pay tribute to armed forces

The Coquitlam Express will wear special jerseys for its game Nov. 10 against the Langley Rivermen.
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The Coquitlam Express will wear special jerseys honouring Canada's armed forces for its game Nov. 10 against the Langley Rivermen.

After a night to forget against the Langley Rivermen Sunday, the Coquitlam Express is ensuring its game Nov. 10 against the same opponent is going to be a night to remember.

Express players will be wearing special jerseys honouring Canada’s armed services as part of its Salute to Service Night for the team’s fourth game in 10 days against their BC Hockey League divisional rivals from Langley.

In addition to the jerseys that will feature the armed services insignia on the shoulders, as well a poppy, Maple Leaves and background images of Canadian troops in action, the night will include a ceremonial puck drop, performances by a piper and the Vancouver Naval Veterans Band, as well as displays of military vehicles and the Coquitlam Legion Colour Party.

“Everyone in our dressing room understands how fortunate we are in Canada to play the game we love, and live the lives we live thanks to those who fought for our freedoms,” said Express general manager Tali Campbell in a press release.

After the game, the commemorative jerseys will be auctioned off online, with proceeds donated to the Coquitlam Legion’s poppy fund.

The Express lost 5-0 to the Rivermen on Sunday, the team’s fifth straight loss. The two teams meet again tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 2) in Langley and again on Friday in Coquitlam prior to next Wednesday’s special game.