Hockey and the Tragically Hip is basically the PB&J of Canadian culture, but probably even more so for Kingston locals.
To honour the Hip’s hometown roots 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 Tragically Hip jerseys at their home game against the Mississauga Steelheads on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
The jerseys will be auctioned off 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, a jersey manufacturer based in Ontario that specializes in theme jerseys.
“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.”
You can get tickets for the game here.