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UPDATE: Tonight's 'Orange Jersey' game postponed due to weather

Team's players, coaches and parents are wearing orange jerseys, learning about impact of residential schools and seek support at Friday night home game
Orillia's U15 Terriers has been selected to participate in the Orange Jersey Project and will be bringing awareness to the cause on Friday night when they host Aurora at Rotary Place. They encourage community members to attend in support. The team includes, top row, from left: Assistant coach Jim Frolick, Ben LaHay, Hudson Watson-Fluker, Kiefer Barlow, Assistant Coach Brad Carnahan, Kolton Cipolla, Jack Hedges, George Alford, Will Ligers, Lucas Lynch, Ty Hutton, Jasper Holenski, Austin McLeod, Nathan Abramovitch and Coach Randy Salmon. Front row, from left: Ben Weismiller, Aiden Lewis, Elder Rosanne Irving, John Norris, Spencer Shropshire and Carson King.

UPDATE: Organizers have cancelled tonight's game due to the wintry weather that has parts of Highway 400, near Barrie, shut down.

Officials say the game will be rescheduled at a later date, but that date has not yet been determined.


An Orillia minor hockey team is one of just 750 teams from across Canada that have been selected to participate in the Orange Jersey Project.

The project is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Report's Call to Action 87.

It was, according to the project website, born out of an idea: “What if we could use the power of sport to serve as a vehicle toward educating today’s young athletes about the history of the Indian Residential School System and strengthen the path toward truth and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.”

The U15A Orillia Terriers have embraced the project and its goals. 

Players and parents have been engaging in learning opportunities with local Elder, Rosanne Irving, to deepen their understanding of the impact of residential schools. 

In an effort to continue to raise awareness around the Calls to Action, the team will be wearing their orange jerseys in their York Simcoe Hockey Association game against the Aurora Tigers on Friday night. 

Community members are invited to join in the team's effort to raise awareness by attending the game and wearing orange if possible.

The ceremonial puck drop takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Rotary Place in west Orillia.