The Department of National Defence is allowing the the IceCaps to use an image of its fighter jets on the team's shoulder patches – even though it wasn't specifically mentioned in DND's agreement with the IceCaps' parent team, the Winnipeg Jets.
According to a federal access to information request obtained by CBC News, The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club Limited Partnership contacted DND on Sept. 9, 2011 to request that their farm team affiliate, the IceCaps of St. John's, be permitted to wear their Jets parent logo as a shoulder patch.
"DND has agreed to the request from True North Sport Entertainment (TNSE) to allow the IceCaps of St. John's to wear the parent team logo as a shoulder patch on their team jerseys," according to the document released.
"In case something untoward were to happen, the provisions for indemnification and reputation in the agreement with the parent club were found to provide the Crown appropriate leverage."
TNSE owns both the NHL Jets and the AHL IceCaps. Former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams is the president and CEO of the IceCaps.
The DND document also said: "Interest has been expressed on the part of the Air Force and TNSE to develop a relationship between the IceCaps and 9 Wing Gander."