Warriors rebrand store after iconic building
It was a successful first town hall meeting for the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Members, players and coaches of the organization were made available to the public at the Heritage Inn on Wednesday evening.
Approximately over 50 people turned out to hear the club talk about fan enhancements for the season, including section leaders, an upgraded video screen system that allows for fan interaction throughout the game as well as the Warriors honouring the Moose Jaw Canucks in October with former NHL great Chris Chelios in town to drop the ceremonial puck.
The Warriors also announced the rebranding of the retail store as the Crushed Can.
“We wanted to do something with the name. It is iconic in this city and when we first moved out of the Crushed Can and into Mosaic Place, we immediately trademarked the name,” stated Corey Nyhagen, Warriors’ director of business operations. “We held onto it because we knew we wanted to do something with the name down the road.”
The new store brand will feature a silhouette of the Civic Centre along with four murals. The murals are designed and will be painted by local artist, Grant McLaughlin. One is already completed and the remaining murals will be finished in the upcoming months.
“It just fits that our retail store has that upper space that we can brand the store and keep the history,” said Nyhagen. “We have an idea of how it is going to go from the outside of the building to the inside to the ice service with this four-piece mural.”
The outdoor permanent signage that will go above the north entrance will be going up in the next week or two.
TRIBE TIDBITS — The panel of Warriors general manager Alan Millar, head coach Mike Stothers, Nyhagen, communications director James Gallo and four players — Sam Fioretti, Justin Paulic, Tanner Eberle and Brayden Point answered questions from the public.
Members from the audience asked questions pertaining to scheduling, online game issues with buffering, volume of the sound system during games and retired jerseys (which are all hanging from the rafters now).
Millar stated the roster is set and no more trades will happen before opening night on Friday. They have 24 players, 25 including Morgan Rielly — two goaltenders, nine defencemen and 14 forwards. There are two 16 year olds, 10 17 year olds, five 18 year olds, five 19 year olds and three 20 year olds.
Millar also commented on the club looking into bidding for the Memorial Cup in 2016.
“I believe that we could do a bang up job, but a lot goes into a bid process,” he said. “We will have an ongoing conversation this year if and when we would put a bid it. It is possible, but the bid process is long and having the right team is critical. Money is a factor and it is tough to be the home team of the Memorial Cup, but will we take a hard look at it.”
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