The Hamilton Bulldogs, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, will honor the late Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and those who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces on Military Appreciation night Dec. 5 in support of the Marcus Cirillo Trust prior to their game against the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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The Bulldogs will wear a special commemorative jersey designed in conjunction with representatives of the Cirillo family and SP Apparel that will pay tribute to Cpl. Cirillo's ceremonial attire. The cap and badge of his regiment will be on the shoulder and pant shell, and above the Bulldogs logo will be a patch that reads, "In Memory of Cpl. Cirillo."
Cirillo was killed Oct. 22 in a shooting at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa while standing honor guard.
"We're looking to bring together the Hamilton community to help raise money for Cpl. Cirillo's son, Marcus," Hamilton Bulldogs president Stephen Ostaszewicz said in a statement. "This falls in line with our annual Military Appreciation Night where we honor those that serve in the Canadian Armed Forces."
Marcus, Cirillo's father Vic and sister Natasha will participate in a ceremonial puck drop. The Bulldogs will also donate $2 to the Cirillo Trust from each individual and group ticket sold, and the Bulldogs Foundation will auction off the commemorative jerseys, helmets and pant shells, and an in-game mystery puck contest with proceeds donated to the Trust.
The Bulldogs are hoping to raise $50,000 for the Marcus Cirillo Trust, according to The Hockey News.