Operation Hockey Heroes: 401 Squadron celebrates its centennial and raises funds for charity

On the ice of a hockey arena, several people, including two holding hockey sticks, are on either side of a man in a military uniform holding a hockey puck.
The puck is dropped to open the Operation Hockey Heroes game on December 15, 2018, at the Energy Centre in Cold Lake, Alberta. From left are Honorary Colonel Hayley Wickenheiser, Chief Warrant Officer Frank Dwyer, Honorary Colonel Tom Trifaux, Lieutenant-Colonel Forrest Rock, Floyd Perras, executive director of the Military Family Resource Centre Society, and Edmonton Oilers alumni Brian Benning. PHOTO: Able Seaman Erica Seymour, CK02-2018-1083-006

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The Royal Canadian Air Force’s 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron—the “Rams”—celebrated its 100th anniversary on November 20, 2018.

Months ago, as we began planning for the centenary, we identified three main objectives:

  • To celebrate the anniversary through a series of activities.
  • To reunite and reconnect with veterans and their families.
  • To raise awareness and resources to support Canada’s veterans and their families.

The third objective renews and strengthens the squadron’s legacy of community engagement and giving back and gave rise to Operation Hockey Heroes—a charitable celebrity hockey game. The game would connect the local community and the wing while raising awareness and resources to support Canadian Armed Forces veterans and their families.

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