The Kingston Frontenacs junior hockey team will honour hometown rock 'n' roll band The Tragically Hip and support cancer research during a special game being played Jan. 28.
Titled "A Game Honouring The Tragically Hip at Rogers K-Rock Centre," the Frontenacs will face off against Ontario Hockey League rivals the Mississauga Steelheads that night.
Of particular interest to fans of both hockey and The Hip, the Frontenacs will be wearing special custom-themed jerseys for the game, which are then going to be auctioned off with proceeds going towards the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research.
Downie, the lead singer of The Tragically Hip, publicly revealed he'd been diagnosed with gioblastoma brain cancer in May 2016. A subsequent tour across Canada by the band helped raised more than $1 million for the cancer research 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, Kingston Frontenacs' executive director of business operations, in a release. "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.”
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