December 3 - Home cooking and a blast from the past can reignite even the most fleeting of flames.
That’s exactly what is in store for the for the Melfort Mustangs when they return home for a three game home stand including back to back games on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7.
It might be just what the doctor ordered for the Mustangs as they will have an opportunity to visit with family and friends as a part of parent billet weekend.
“Not many of these players get to see their families very often. We’ve invited all the family members as well as a thank you to all the billet families for all they do. Obviously opening their doors and giving us homes for our guys,” Marketing Director Branden Crowe said.
The weekend all gets under way with a meet and greet at 6:00pm before the game Friday night.
On Saturday morning the players along with their Dads and billet Dads for a few hours of bonding time at the Team Chaplain Brent Freidt’s farm.
There will also be a Lia Sophia Jewellery Party hosted by the Mustangs that with a portion of the proceeds going back to the team.
After the game Saturday the team will host a celebrity shootout where parents can bid on their son to score or make a save.
“It’s really just a chance for these kids to spend time with their parents. For parents from B.C, North Dakota or Michigan to come up and watch their kid play a couple of games in a row and get a little home cooking,” Crowe said.
The excitement won’t stop there for Mustangs fans, friends and family, as the Mustangs will debut their annual throwback jersey on Friday and Saturday.
The Mustangs will don the sweaters that honour the old Melfort TM’s who were a part of the North Saskatchewan Junior B hockey league. The Jerseys were donated by Bayer Crop Science.
Along with honouring the TM’s by wearing their jerseys the Mustangs will be raising banners from the TM’s league championship wins in 76, 77, 79, 80.
“The TM’s were a huge part of Melfort right from the early 70’s right up to when the Mustangs got here. They won a lot of championships here in order to say thanks, to the guys that played and to let them know that we haven’t forgot about them. I think it was time to do something special for those guys who wore that jersey in the 70’s and 80’s,” Crowe said.
It was Assistant Coach Dwight Kulchysky who suggested the idea of bringing back the old TM jerseys.
“We do a third jersey every year, and every year they are sponsored by different companies. Last year we went green to commemorate our 25th anniversary. Dwight wanted to do something different, he wanted it to be something new, something fresh that hadn’t been done before. Instead of rehashing an old Mustangs Jersey,” Crowe explained.
The idea snowballed from that point gathering a collection of positive feedback from both current and former players.
That list included former TM’s goalie Brent Stankowski who bought his jersey with a large donation to the team. He also agreed to match the auction price of any other former player who buys their jersey from the 79-80 TM team as a donation for the Mustangs.
“Brent said that ‘Melfort was one of his favourite places and he wanted to help out’. He asked if he could buy his jersey and wanted his name put on the back. He donated $5000. It was a huge and generous donation,” Crowe said.
10 other TM jerseys will be in a silent auction throughout the course of the weekend. If a former TM would like to bid on their number, they can request to submit a bid for that specific number.
On Friday numbers (3, 5, 28, 6 and 31) and Saturday (4, 9, 14, 20 and 24) will be up for auction.