Frontenacs to Honour The Tragically Hip with Special Jersey and Game Night on Saturday, January 28

Kingston—In Kingston, hockey and The Tragically Hip go hand in hand. Their music has been a fixture at hockey games—including the hometown Kingston Frontenacs—for decades. In honour of the band’s roots in the community, and as a way of helping to raise funds for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research through Sunnybrook Hospital, the Kingston Frontenacs will be wearing special jerseys at their home game on Saturday, January 28, 2017, A Game Honour at Rogers K-Rock Centre and will auction the jerseys after the game with the net proceeds donated to the fund.

“Gord’s diagnosis touched our entire organization and everyone we spoke with, from hockey fans to music fans, across Kingston, and Canada,” said Justin Chenier, Executive Director of Business Operations with the Kingston Frontenacs. “As a team, we’ve talked about honouring The Tragically Hip and when the reality of Gord’s diagnosis set in, we knew we could to do something special to honour the band and help raise funds to help with the research for brain cancer.”

The jersey was designed by the Kingston Frontenacs and Catstich, an Ontario-based jersey manufacturer who specializes in theme jerseys for hockey teams. “We started with the base of the 1964 Boston Bruins home jersey, to reflect the year Gord Downie was born and his favourite team,” said Chenier. “We added The Tragically Hip’s logo-wordmark from their 2011 concert at Bobcaygeon as the main logo on the front of the jersey, and their signature-wordmark on the back. In the background of the jersey is the name of every album and song recorded and released by the band, from their self-titled 1987 debut to 2016’s Man Machine Poem. We wanted to include the lyrics of every song they’ve recorded, but typed in 11-point Arial, the 30,333 words, or 128,380 characters was 45 pages long.”

The Kingston Frontenacs game-worn jerseys honouring The Tragically Hip will be auctioned online. Full details on the auction site will be released the week prior to the game.

The Kingston Frontenacs face the Mississauga Steelheads on Saturday, January 28, 2017 in A Game Honouring The Tragically Hip at Rogers K-Rock Centre, the location of the band’s final concert of the Man Machine Poem Tour that was watched by millions of Canadians on the CBC. Tickets for the game can be purchased online at or in person at the Rogers K-Rock Centre Box Office during regular business hours.




Adam Smith

Senior Coordinator of Marketing and Game Operations

Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Club

613-542-4042 x6046

Justin Chenier

Executive Director of Business Operations

Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Club

613-542-4042, ext. 6054

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