In an emotionally charged ceremony Friday in Portage, the Terriers’ honoured injured defenceman Braden Pettinger. The scene was Game 1 of the Turnbull Trophy final between the Terriers and Steinbach Pistons.
Pettinger, 20, came out onto the ice in his wheelchair, accompanied by his family. A near-sell-out crowed at PCU stood in unison and loudly applauded the bravery of the young hockey player, who was paralyzed after falling awkwardly into the boards back in November.
The Terriers announced that Pettinger’s No. 2 jersey will be retired and never to be worn again. Pettinger participated in the ceremonial opening face-off. Pettinger played more than 100 MJHL games, beginning his career with Steinbach before moving on to Wayway and lastly Portage.
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