Cats honoured at Bulldogs game today

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HAMILTON, ONT. – The Hamilton Bulldogs announced today that the club will recognize the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as part of an in-game ceremony during tomorrow’s game against the Toronto Marlies at 7:30 p.m. at FirstOntario Centre on Military Appreciation Night.

“The Hamilton Tiger-Cats once again captured the hearts and attention of the City of Hamilton this past season, capping things off with another appearance in the Grey Cup,? said Bulldogs president Stephen Ostaszewicz. “They battled right to the very end and came extremely close to winning a Championship. As professional sports allies in Hamilton, we’re pleased to have some of the Ti-Cats team in attendance as we recognize their efforts on Friday night.?

The ceremony planned for the first media timeout after the 10 minute mark of the first period will include a video tribute. Ti-Cats representatives in attendance will include wide receiver Bakari Grant, defensive end Eric Norwood, linebacker Rico Murray and offensive lineman Mike Filer.

Prior to the game, the Bulldogs will honour the late Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and the service and sacrifice of all of those that serve in the Canadian Armed Forces as part of the club’s Military Appreciation Night. In addition to the proceeds from the jersey auction on, the Bulldogs will donate $2 to the Marcus Cirillo Trust from every individual and group ticket sold to the game.

If any individuals or businesses are interested in donating tickets for members of the Canadian Armed Forces to attend the game, please contact Brittany Arner at or watch live on Catch every Friday night home game live in high definition on Cable 14.

If there is one Bulldogs game you will go to this season, this would be the one.

Ack! Admins please correct the subject line!

[Fixed both for you. :wink:]

Lots of seats left - even without the upper deck open. This is for the Cirillo family - come on Hamilton!

I was at the Bulldogs game and just after the 10 minute mark into the game, they showed two Ticats on the scoreboard screen somewhere in the building. It was Norwood and Filer, I think. It was maybe a 10 second tribute. The military tribute before the game was wonderful with the Highlanders marching and playing bagpipes. Marcus Cirillo dropped the ceremonial puck.

Was also at the game, tribute was short, but was impressed with the military tribute and the highlanders. Uniforms looked slick. Attendance for the game was 7,821, which almost filled the entire lower bowl (I think it holds 8,500-9,000) which should be a solid number for the trust. I wish the Bulldogs could draw that kind of crowd every night, just too bad a good chunk of those fans were Leafs fans (not Marlies fan), but it's to be expected.

As a side note, someone had a old Hamilton Tigers sweater. I wish I knew where he got it, because I would pay good money for a Hamilton Tigers sweater/jersey. If anyone here was that guy, I'd appreciate the heads up as to where you got it. Next game is Sunday at 3.

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HAMILTON, ONTARIO – The Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club and the Bulldogs Foundation announced today the Foundation will donate $30,045 to the Marcus Cirillo Trust, raised through initiatives associated with the Bulldogs’ Military Appreciation Night on Friday, Dec. 5.

Marcus Cirillo is the son of the late Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada and a Hamiltonian. Cpl. Cirillo passed away on Oct. 22 after being gunned down while on duty guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ont.

“We want to thank the people of Southwestern Ontario and specifically the Hamilton community for rallying around the Cirillo family and for their support in making this event a success,? said Bulldogs president Stephen Ostaszewicz. “We also had significant contributions made from people across Canada and the United States which is truly remarkable.?

The Bulldogs donated a portion of individual and group tickets sold to the Marcus Cirillo Trust. The Bulldogs Foundation ran an online auction on of the specialty jerseys, helmets and pant shells worn on Military Appreciation Night, with all proceeds from the auction as well as an in-game mystery puck contest, silent auction and jersey raffle donated to the Trust.

The jersey of captain Gabriel Dumont garnered the highest bid in the online auction, being sold for $1,505, followed by Nathan Beaulieu’s jersey for $1,100 and Jarred Tinordi’s jersey for $900.

The Bulldogs Foundation was established in 2007. The mission of the Foundation is to enrich the lives of children and youth in the Greater Hamilton Area through cash donations, gifts in kind and the assignment of tickets. By doing so, the Foundation aims to promote the creativity of interactive programs involving education, physical fitness and personal well-being. The main purpose of the Foundation is to strengthen and broaden the base of the Hamilton Bulldogs community support by providing funds to non-profit community groups and by supporting educational and community programs. For more information about the Bulldogs Foundation, visit

Good stuff!

It's great for sure. While I admit I'm no longer much of a hockey fan as I used to be, I will try and get to a Bulldogs game this year for no other reason than knowing Marcus Cirillo was a big fan of the Dogs.

That was a great outcome for the Bulldog's initiative. The Bulldogs are a terrific organization and a valuable partner.

And thrilled to see them moving up the standings:

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Might have to go when the Admirals are in town in January think it is, they currently have Rich Clune on their roster who I'd personally like to see in action, live and in person. :wink:

Utica can seemingly do no wrong this year, and Calgary's affiliate is benefiting substantially from being out of Abbotsford and not having massive travel times to deal with. I'd love to see the dogs pack the lower bowl every game, or have an annual winter outdoor game at THF.

Anyways, Hamilton's other lost a close game near the end team, the McMaster Maurauders are being honored this Friday. It's also the annual toy toss night. Also $3 beers between 6:30 and puck drop. I'd love to see the Bulldogs have a rowdy section in 126 or 104 where I usually sit.

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HAMILTON, ONT. – The Hamilton Bulldogs announced today that the hockey club will recognize the McMaster Marauders Football Team as part of a pre-game ceremony on Friday, Dec. 12 against the Rochester Americans at 7:30 p.m. at FirstOntario Centre.

“McMaster University’s football program once again made the City of Hamilton proud with another Vanier Cup appearance this season, its third in the last four years,? said Bulldogs president Stephen Ostaszewicz. “We’re thrilled to be able to recognize the Marauders on another successful football season and welcome them to our game on Friday night.?

The ceremony planned before the game will include a puck drop with offensive lineman and team captain Zach Intzandt and a video tribute. Intzandt will be accompanied by other members of the McMaster Marauder Football Team at the game.

McMaster students looking to attend the game can purchase tickets for $12 at the Compass Information Centre located on campus.

Friday’s game will also mark the annual Toy Toss Night. Fans are encouraged to bring a wrapped (plastic bag) stuffed toy to the game to be tossed on the ice when Hamilton scores its first goal. All donations at the game will go the CHML/Y108/953 Fresh FM Children’s Fund, which will disperse the toys to local charities in time for Christmas.

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