The 2013 Kitchener Rangers Remembrance Day Jersey was worn on Friday, October 25 when the Rangers hosted the Windsor Spitfires at 7:30pm. This was the ninth year that the Rangers have worn a commemorative jersey, each with a unique design in tribute to over 700,000 veterans and members of the Canadian Forces. The game-worn jerseys were only available for fans to own through silent auction that was held during the game.
The 2013 Remembrance Day Commemorative Jersey pays homage to the Royal Canadian Air Force, its service men and women, and its tremendous hockey legacy. After local hockey heroes Bobby Bauer, Milt Schmidt and Woody Dumart (the 'Kraut Line') put their hockey careers on hold and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942, they joined the Ottawa RCAF hockey team, leading them to victory in the 1942 Allen Cup. Named the Greatest Military Athletes of the 20th Century, the 1948 Ottawa RCAF Flyers won the Gold Medal at the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
The 2013-14 sweater colours are inspired by the jerseys worn by athletes like Bauer, Schmidt and Dumart, and the numbers and font are replicas of those found on RCAF aircraft and ships.
Fans had the opportunity to bid on these special jerseys through a silent auction during the game on Friday, October 25. Bidding started at 6:00pm and closed 10 minutes after the end of the game. Winners were notified by telephone. All proceeds from the auction benefited the 78th Fraser Highlanders Fort Conestoga Garrison and the Kitchener-Waterloo Poppy Fund. Over the past eight years, the Rangers commemorative jersey auctions have raised more than $200,000 for various beneficiaries.