Players wear Indigenous names on jerseys

The Golden Rockets Indigenous players from left to right - Deegan Wapass, Jake Yakubowski, Draeden Bear and Nathan Andrew.

By Julia Archelene Magsombol, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter This year, four junior hockey players from Golden Rockets are wearing orange jerseys with their Indigenous names on the back. The idea came from Nathan Andrew, an 18-year-old junior player and former graduate of Mount Baker Secondary School. “I took the chance. I was inspired by what Ethan Bear 1/8a Cree-Canadian professional hockey defenceman 3/8 did with his last name. I thought it’d be pretty cool. I never had the chance to express or show people that I’m proud to be Indigenous,’’ said Andrew. He explained that the idea started when he played in the Okanagan Hockey Club last year when he had the chance to have his Indigenous name on his jersey. This year he heard that his team would be…

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