This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. To recognise this passing milestone, The Peterborough DALROD Phantoms are dedicating the entire month of November to honour the fallen and to acknowledge the armed forces.

The team will sport limited edition commemorative jerseys for the entire month. The jersey design features the national First World War Centenary logo along with the immortal image of soldiers starting the long walk to return from battle. Also prominent on the shirt is a large poppy, the symbol of remembrance. Throughout the entire jersey several words are printed in a smokey grey that define what it means to be a soldier and Armistice day. Finally, the immortal words “For their tomorrow, we gave our today” are printed on the back of the jersey to remind us all what Remembrance Day stands for.

Jerseys are available to the public for £200 per jersey. For every commemorative jersey purchased, the Phantoms will make a donation to the British Red Cross who have and are doing marvelous work in War Zone countries. During the first World War, the Red Cross established over 1,786 auxiliary hospitals , with patients arriving by staffed ambulances, hospital trains and motor launches. After the war, equipment from the auxiliary hospitals was distributed to local general hospitals, rehabilitation centres, sanatoriums and other medical centers. By the end of the war the Red Cross had also provided 90,000 VADs, who had volunteered at home and abroad.

In addition to the jersey, the team will honour active military during Military Appreciation night on Sunday, November 2nd when the team takes on the MK Lightning. Members of both the UK and US armed forces will be invited on the ice for a pre-game ceremony and puck drop. In addition, during the first intermission, members of the RAF Eastern Crusade – one of the top recreation hockey teams in the country – will take part in an elimination shootout.

The Phantoms will also invite young fans to get involved with the first ever “Poppy Art Exhibition.” Children are invited to use their artistic skills to create a Poppy that represents what Armistice Day means to them. All formats are acceptable. Submissions of artwork will be accepted during every home game in November and on the 30th we will display and announce prizes. Each entry will be 50p and the proceeds will be donated to the British legion Poppy appeal.

Team Development Coordinator and Game Night Operations Manager Lee Elias recently spoke about the upcoming events. “With the turnout for last season’s military appreciation night we knew we wanted to build on it this year. Carrie and I have worked hard and are incredibly proud to be able to commemorate those who served and continue to serve today through the special jersey and the events we have planned. The team is extremely humbled by the opportunity to help represent our heroes and is looking forward to sharing the ice with them on November 2nd.”

You can see the Phantoms in action dawning their limited edition Armistice Day Commemorative jerseys during the following games:
Sunday, November 2 vs. MK Lightning – 5:30 PM Face-off
Saturday, November 15 vs. Guildford Flames – 7:00 PM Face-off
Saturday, November 29 vs. Manchester Phoenix – 7:00 PM Face-off
Sunday, November 30 vs. Basingstoke Bison – 5:30 PM Face-off