The Kingston Frontenacs honoured former goaltender Chris Clifford on Friday, suiting up in the same vintage Kingston Canadians threads that Clifford wore in the goal crease from 1983-87.
The Frontenacs raised Clifford’s number 29 Canadians jersey to the rafters of the Leon’s Centre before defeating the visiting Peterborough Petes 7-2. The victory ended a 28-game losing streak in Canadians colours carried over from the end of the 1987-88 season before the franchise adopted the Kingston Raiders identity for the 1988-89 campaign.
Clifford held the franchise record of 75 career wins by a goaltender, one that stood for 31 years until Jeremy Helvig breached the benchmark in 2018. Clifford remains the Fronts’ all-time franchise leader in games played by a goaltender (196) and became the first OHL netminder to score a goal on January 15, 1986, doing so at the Kingston Memorial Centre against the Toronto Marlboros.
The Canadians jerseys are now being auctioned off at CHL Auctions with proceeds benefitting the Kingston Frontenacs Community Ticket Program that provides tickets to fans from community groups, agencies, schools and local non-profit programs to Frontenacs home games.