Over the past weekend and in the days leading up to Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, teams from across the Ontario Hockey League honoured the brave who have served in the line of duty.
In addition to various ceremonies and moments of silence observed around the league, special commemorative jerseys were worn by eight different clubs all raising proceeds for causes near and dear to the hearts of past and present men and women of service.
On November 4 the Saginaw Spirit wore specialty camouflage jerseys that were auctioned off at the conclusion of the game with proceeds benefiting Bay City Elks Lodge #88 and the Michigan Warriors Hockey Club. The Spirit emerged victorious over the North Bay Battalion by a 6-1 score.
The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds wore commemorative jerseys on November 5 against the Battalion raising funds for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 and the Sault Ste. Marie Military Family Support Group. The Greyhounds picked up a 3-1 win in their sweaters.
In Guelph on November 10, the Storm honoured Canadian veterans with jerseys inspired from the Battle of Vimy Ridge featuring the historic monument dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War. The jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds to benefit Guelph’s Royal Canadian Legion. The Storm defeated the Battalion by a 6-2 score in Friday’s game.
The Kitchener Rangers also donned commemorative Remembrance Day jerseys on Friday inspired by the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The club’s game-day silent auction raised proceeds for the 78th Fraser Highlanders Fort Conestoga Garrison and the Kitchener-Waterloo Poppy Fund. The Rangers defeated the Windsor Spitfires 4-3.
For the fifth straight season, the Kingston Frontenacs wore special CADPAT Camo uniforms during their Remembrance Day Game on Friday. The uniform—complete with jersey and socks—is CADPAT Camouflage, the pattern used by the Canadian Forces. The jerseys will be worn again in February for the Salute to Military Families Game on Friday, February 23, 2018 vs. Hamilton Bulldogs. Last year’s jerseys are being auctioned off in support of the Kingston Military Family Resource Centre. In camo, the Frontenacs defeated the Peterborough Petes 7-1.
The Owen Sound Attack hosted their first Military Appreciation Night on Remembrance Day honouring Canada’s veterans and active duty servicemen and women by wearing special camouflage jerseys. Funds raised from online auction sales will be donated to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 6 in Owen Sound who is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. The Attack defeated the Sudbury Wolves 7-3.
On Sunday the North Bay Battalion, in partnership with 22 Wing North Bay, hosted their Military Appreciation game against the Niagara IceDogs wearing special ‘Canada 150’ sweaters, featuring the CF-18 demonstration jet. The sweaters were sold in a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Military Family Resource Centre at Canadian Forces Base North Bay. The Battalion fell to the IceDogs by a 4-3 score.
Also on Sunday, the Oshawa Generals unveiled commemorative jerseys in partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada for a Night of Remembrance. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was the inspiration for the camouflage jerseys which are available through online auction with all proceeds of the jersey sales going to Wounded Warriors Canada. The Generals were beat by the visiting Ottawa 67’s by a 6-2 score.
Thank you to brave men and women who have proudly served and continue to serve for our freedom.
Lest We Forget.