Prince Albert, SK – “I mention the historic nature of Prince Albert. I am not here for the purpose of advertising my constituency, but we are the only constituency in Canada that has ever been represented by three Prime Ministers.”
Those words were spoken by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker at the House of Commons on April 29, 1966. Nearly 51 years later, the Prince Albert Raiders will honour those three Prime Ministers on Friday, January 27 as part the Canada 150 celebration.
The Raiders will wear commemorative jerseys bearing the likenesses of Diefenbaker (Prince Albert), Sir Wilfrid Laurier (Saskatchewan – provisional district) and William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prince Albert). The back of the jersey features the following quotes, one from each Prime Minister.
- “I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I think wrong and free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” – John Diefenbaker
- “A true man does not only stand up for himself, he stands up for those that do not have the ability to.” – William Lyon Mackenzie King
- “We do not anticipate, and we do not want, that any individuals should forget the land of their origins or their ancestors. Let them look to the past, but let them also look to the future; let them look to the land of their ancestors, but let them look also to the land of their children.” – Sir Wilfrid Laurier.
The jerseys will be available through silent auction, beginning Wednesday, January 18 at 10 a.m. CST at raiderhockey.com/jerseyauctions. Bids open at $250, but the jersey can be bought outright for $450. Online bidding will continue until 5 p.m. CST on January 27. Any jerseys left unsold will be available through silent auction during the game. The winners will be declared five minutes in to the third period.
Also on the evening, the John Diefenbaker School band will play the national anthem prior to the game. Local members of government will also be on hand for the ceremonial puck drop.