Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates are thrilled to announce the inaugural Yorkshire Remembrance Day Cup, opponents being Leeds Chiefs. The competition will coincide with our annual Remembrance Day commemorations and takes place this year on Saturday 9th November 2019 (faceoff 6pm – watch out for an announcement of the timings of the ceremony).
Remembrance Day is a very special date in the Pirates’ calendar. Since 1988, when ice hockey was first played in Hull, the Arena has hosted many moving Remembrance Day ceremonies. This year, we have joined forces with the British Army to rebrand the former Yorkshire Cup and to make this a particularly poignant Remembrance Day event. A new trophy has been especially designed for the Yorkshire Remembrance Day Cup and is being sponsored by British Legion, SSAFA (the Armed Forces Charity) and the Defence School of Transport.
Commercial Manager, Andre Payette spoke about his collaboration with Captain Stuart O’Hagan. ‘I cannot believe the support provided by the British Army and Cpt. O’Hagan in particular. I am overwhelmed by their commitment. We have worked closely for months now to bring this event about and in the process, the Pirates are helping armed forces’ charities to raise money for very worthy causes. I was pleasantly surprised when Cpt. O’Hagan proposed sponsorship of the Yorkshire Cup and from there it seemed natural to call the competition the Yorkshire Remembrance Day Cup.’
The collaboration has led Hull Pirates to Hull4Heroes, an armed forces charity that supports service personnel back into civilian and work life. The charity is known locally for its good work, especially the planned Veterans Village Project. It is now an official sponsor of the Pirates.
The theme of this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which took place on 6th June 1944 when Allied Forces landed in Normandy to liberate the occupied peoples of Europe. Approximately 10,000 Allied casualties were sustained that day including 2,700 British and 946 Canadian personnel.
‘I am a very keen world war historian and proud French-Canadian,’ said Andre Payette. ‘Many of my compatriots died that day among nearly 42,000 Canadians who lost their lives in WW2.’ Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire also played its part in D-Day. Leconfield airfield was then the home of RAF 640 Squadron, which flew their Halifax bombers in support of the invasion before and after D-Day. It is now the home of Captain O’Hagan and the Army Royal Corps of Transport.
Andre Payette spoke about the evening’s events, ‘We have some great things planned including a now familiar VIP guest, an army band and a special commemorative shirt, which the Pirates will be wearing for the game. We are planning to auction these sometime after the game and hopefully, will have produced a limited edition for sale to fans. We are expecting a capacity crowd that night. The armed forces are bringing many existing and former servicemen to the ceremony.’
Turning to the actual game, it will be a hotly contested with Pirates’ fans already eager to see their local derby opponents. As well as competing for the Yorkshire Remembrance Day Cup, valuable National League points will also be at stake against the Chiefs.