The Kingston Frontenacs will be donning some Hip-inspired sweaters this month

January 09, 2017

Happy New Year! Best to start things off on a good foot and leave the general sadness and misery of 2016 back in the past. That’s why I’ve picked this fun, exciting, and optimistic slice of news for today’s Music News Monday.

It’s not like the Tragically Hip have never been on a hockey jersey—their logos have adorned a number of them, and they’ve been an official merch item of the band for what seems like forever. But on January 28 against the Mississauga Steelheads, they’ll be getting a new one thanks to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, who’ve designed a tribute jersey along with Ontario jersey manufacturers Catstich. Gord Downie’s favourite team is the Boston Bruins, so for a base they decided to start with the Bruins’ home jersey from 1964, the year Downie was born.

If you were hoping to snag one, you better be prepared to break the bank a bit. The Frontenacs will be auctioning off the game-worn sweaters online—post-washing, hopefully—and all the proceeds will be going to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research through Sunnybrook Hospital. The Kingston Whig-Standard also reports that the jerseys will feature the titles of every album and song the band has ever released. The band has been invited to the game in the hopes the Frontenacs can honour them in person.

Frontenacs Director of Business Operations Justin Chenie also issued a statement, in which he said, “in Kingston, hockey and the Tragically Hip go hand in hand. Their music has been a fixture at hockey games—including the hometown Kingston Frontenacs—for decades.” That’s definitely true, but it’s also an understatement—I don’t think there’s a rink in Canada that hasn’t soundtracked their games with Hip tunes. “If there’s a goal that everyone remembers, it was back in ol’ ‘72…”


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Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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