The Winnipeg Jets are planning to celebrate the more than 60,000 people of South Asian descent in the city with the team’s first-ever South Asian Heritage Night Feb. 11.
At the game, where the Jets will face off against the Chicago Blackhawks, the team will wear special colourful jerseys during warmups, featuring a logo by local graphic designer Charmi Sheth.
The team said the new look is inspired by Rangoli, a traditional art form in the region, as well as other South Asian artistic patterns and motifs.
Introducing our South Asian Heritage Night logo! pic.twitter.com/HMk8cZ7BSz
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) January 16, 2023
After the game, the jerseys will be auctioned off in support of Punjabi Health Services Manitoba.
The Jets will also sell T-shirts and hoodies with the South Asian-styled logo during the week of Jan. 23.
During the game, Canada Life Centre will also offer special South Asian cuisine — including samosas, butter chicken, beef vindaloo, chicken masala satay and tandoori chicken pizza — at kiosks throughout the concourse, and fans will be able to take in cultural performances by groups from the Winnipeg Punjabi Arts Academy before the game and during intermissions.
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