Throughout the 2023-24 season, at each of the Kingston Frontenacs’ home games, we will proudly honour and celebrate the remarkable contributions of our community heroes. These heroes encompass a diverse array of roles and professions, all of which play a pivotal role in shaping and safeguarding our community. We are committed to recognizing and expressing our profound gratitude to individuals from various walks of life, including Military, Veterans, Police, Fire & Rescue, Health Care Workers, First Responders, Educators, etc.
By shining a spotlight on these unsung heroes at our home games, we aim to emphasize the vital role they play in our community’s well-being and prosperity. Through these heartfelt tributes, we hope to inspire unity and gratitude, reminding everyone that heroes come from all walks of life, and they deserve our utmost respect and appreciation. As we celebrate their service and dedication, we invite everyone to join us in showing our support and thanks to these extraordinary individuals throughout the season.
Tickets for our Hero of the Game and their family our supplied by The Merchant Tap House.
November 18th, 2023: Kingston vs. Brantford
Sgt Kyle MacIsaac
Sgt Kyle MacIsaac was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on April 9th, 1984, and enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces as a plumbing and heating technician in 2009. He had been deployed to domestic operations in support of the Winnipeg floods, High River floods, and the Prince Albert forest fires. Additionally, he served abroad in Romania, Jamaica, Latvia, and Jordan. In 2021, Sgt MacIsaac was posted to 1 Engineer Support Unit here in Kingston. Sgt MacIsaac was married to his wife, Jessica, and was the proud father of 7-year-old Rory and 5-year-old Madelyn.
We would like to thank Sgt Kyle MacIsaac for his dedicated service.
November 17th, 2023: Kingston vs. Mississauga
Sergeant Marie-Pier Grimard-Berube
The Kingston Frontenacs were honored to welcome last night’s Hero of the Game to Ice Level. Sergeant Marie-Pier Grimard-Berube had enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in October 2009 as an Aerospace Control Operator. Throughout her time in the forces, she had been deployed to CFS Alert for OP BOXTOP in 2014, OP Impact – Kuwait 2015, OP IMPACT – Iraq 2017, and OP SAVANNE – Jordan.
In July 2022, she was posted to CFB Kingston. At that time, she held the position of Chief-Human Resources Administrator at the Peace Support Training Center. Thank you to Sergeant Marie-Pier Grimard-Berube for her dedicated service.
November 10th, 2023: Kingston vs. Sarnia
All the Veterans in Attendance
In honoring the Heroes of the Game on Friday, November 10th, The Kingston Frontenacs extended a heartfelt gratitude to all the Veterans in attendance for their unwavering bravery and dedicated service to our nation.
November 4th, 2023: Kingston vs. Guelph
Riley Bird-Lyman – Special Olympics Athlete
Riley Bird-Lyman graduated from Napanee District Secondary School in June 2023. While Riley was a student at NDSS, he competed in a variety of Special Olympic Qualifiers each year including soccer, basketball, bocce, and floor hockey. Every year he competed in a qualifier, he qualified for the provincial level and won multiple medals at the provincial competition. In June 2023, he attended OFSAA for track and field and was awarded the 2023 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year award on October 26, 2023 in Toronto. The Kingston Frontenacs would like to congratulate Riley Bird-Lyman on the accomplishment!
November 3rd, 2023: Kingston vs. Barrie
Corporal Shane Budge
Cpl Shane Budge enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in Ottawa, Ontario on August 21st, 2018, as a Medical Technician. In May of 2020, he deployed to the Long-Term Care Facilities in Montreal, Quebec. While there he assisted in the care of many ill residents. Upon his posting to 33 Canadian Forces Health Services Clinic, at Canadian Forces Base Kingston, Cpl Budge was heavily involved in the Military Covid-19 Vaccination campaign.
He personally administered over 800 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and facilitated many more. Cpl Budge is currently working in the Operations and Training Cell where he is responsible for ensuring the clinical and military training for members at the base clinic, as well as operational support to the many units of Canadian Forces Base Kingston. We would like to thank Cpl Shane Budge for his service.
October 27th, 2023: Kingston vs. Oshawa – Hockey Fights Cancer Night
The fall of 2012 taught the Miedema family about the fragility of life. At the age of 32, Ethan Miedema’s mother, Amy, was diagnosed with a highly aggressive form of breast cancer, despite there being no family history. The two years that followed took them on an emotional journey through 66 weeks of intensive treatment and countless procedures and surgeries. Amy’s commitment as a mother was to ensure that her young sons, then aged 7, 5 and 1, would not have a horrendous experience in the face of cancer. It was this commitment, birthed from maternal fear and the fiercest love, which pushed her through every day. It was also this commitment which brought her to Ethan’s novice rep home games on Thursday nights, after spending the day receiving chemotherapy. She has always been the biggest cheerleader of her boys.
Joined by Ethan’s father, Jeremy, and Ethan’s brothers, Colby and Zach, Amy was introduced as Hero of the Game for the Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Amy is celebrating 11 years cancer free next month and we can’t thank her and the Miedema family enough for sharing their story.
Ethan Miedema has launched Miedema’s Mission, an initiative focused on finding a cure for breast cancer. Ethan will be raising funds to be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society, an organization that is leading the way in Canada for Cancer Research.
October 20th, 2023: Kingston vs. Soo
Sgt Dave Ross-Bergeron
Sgt Dave Ross-Bergeron was born in Vanier, Quebec in May of 1988. He enrolled with the Primary Reserves as a Line Technician in 2005, serving with the 713 Communications Regiment where he supported various local units.
In September 2011 he transferred to the Regular Force where he was posted to CFB Valcartier and supported 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, local units and deployed domestically in support of the Op LENTUS (ﬂoods).
Joining the Canadian Forces Joint Signals Regiment here in Kingston 2018, Sgt Ross-Bergeron seized the opportunity to deploy on Op PRESENCE (Mali, Africa) in support of the CAF’s contribution to the Government of Canada’s peace operations strategy. This operational experience is a contributing factor to his current position within the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics as the Line Technician training Standards Sergeant, ensuring the quality for the next generation of Line Techs. He is married to Elizabeth and has 2 beautiful children.
We would like to thank Sgt Dave Ross-Bergeron for his service.
October 8th, 2023: Kingston vs. Ottawa
Corporal Ron Bye
Corporal Ron Bye was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, and proudly joined the Canadian Armed Forces at 18 years old and is an infantryman by trade; Corporal Bye has had the privilege of representing his home unit, the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, working at a number of Canadian Forces Bases across the country to include Meaford, Petawawa, Borden, Gagetown, and now CFB Kingston. Corporal Bye aims to continue to serve Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces. We would like to thank Corporal Ron Bye for their service.
October 6th, 2023: Kingston vs. Sudbury
Corporal Andrew Roberts
Corporal Andrew Roberts was born in Leamington, Ontario in October 1985 and enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 2009. In 2018 he was deployed to Gao, Mali on OP Presence in support to United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission where he received the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal. Cpl Roberts was posted to the Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence in March 2022. Robert was joined by his partner Sarah, and their 4 children: Keegan, Chloe, Oliver and Audrey. We would like to thank Corporal Andrew Roberts and his family for their service.
September 29th, 2023: Kingston vs. Oshawa
Private Curtis Dennie
Private Curtis Dennie was born in September 1986, right here in Kingston. He enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Vehicle Technician and completed his basic training at CFB Kingston in 2021. Upon completion of his training, he remained in Kingston and served as a Vehicle Technician with 21st Electronic Warfare Regiment at CFB Kingston where he is still currently posted. Private Dennie is married to his amazing wife Sarah and is a proud father to his four children Landen, Allison, Lillian, and Andersen. We would like to thank Private Curtis Dennie and his family for their service.