In honour of The Tragically Hip’s storied history with the city of Kingston, the Kingston Frontenacs will be wearing special jerseys at their home game on January 28, 2017. The game will also be raising funds for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research, and the jerseys will be auctioned off after the game.
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 jerseys look pretty sweet!
The Hip, hockey, and raising money for a good cause…doesn’t get more Canadian than that, eh?