His given name is Jonathon Dougall, but few people call him that.
His name is “Jonny Doogs” and he will be honoured this week by the hockey team that he has vocally supported for years.
On Nov. 30, Dougall will be the centrepiece of “Jonny Doogs Night,” a celebration of one of the Bombers’ most well-known and avid fans. For most of the past three decades, “Doogs” has been a common sight around the Whitney Forum during Bomber games. That became difficult in the offseason when Dougall moved with his parents Arlene and Dwight Collins, to Quispamsis, N.B. He now lives near the home of his brother Robbie, but thousands of kilometres away from the Forum.
Dougall has kept track of his favourite team online, listening to game broadcasts and texting friends for information on the team. The family has come back to Flin Flon for a few weeks, allowing Dougall to don his traditional bold suits, do his familiar patrol along the edge of the Forum ice surface and see his favourite team in person once more.