Island QMJHL team transformed from P.E.I. Rocket
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Trent Birt, left, and Geoff Boyle unveil the new Charlottetown Islanders logo as Mayor Clifford Lee looks on.
The P.E.I. Rocket is no more in more ways than one.
Say hello to the snazzy new Charlottetown Islanders.
New team colours, name and logo of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team were unveiled Monday in Charlottetown.
The colours are roughly similar to the gold, black and white of NFL's New Orleans Saints and the logo features the Confederation Bridge. The Islanders name reaches into the 1960s and 70s when the Junior Islanders were barn-burning their way through major junior hockey.
And Geoff Boyle, one of the new owners representing the ownership group, was more than pleased with the team's steps toward the 2013-14 season and its nod to former days.
"I've been a hockey fan in Charlottetown (for years and have) proud and fond memories of Island teams of the past," Boyle said. "I can't wait for the opportunity for this team and our group to put out stamp in Island hockey history."
New members to the ownership group were also unveiled. They include Peter MacDonald of MacDonald Automotive Group, Jason Hunter, Ron MacAulay, Ron Murray and Steve Gauthier of Markan Hardwood, and Cyril, Jeff and Craig Chapman of Chapman Brothers Construction.
It brings the group to 16 members. A management structure is still being worked out.
The group, which purchased the team from Serge Savard and Serge Savard Jr., takes ownership June 1.
The season ticket campaign also began and highlights include no price increase from last season (early bird $440, regular price after July 15 is $475), a $99 youth season ticket price and a flex package that allows purchasers to build a customized package of games.
Jerseys will be revealed at an event sponsored by the team on June 15, although glimpses should be available when the team selects its picks at the 2013 QMJHL draft June 8 in Chicoutimi, Que.
Islanders merchandise is available at Source For Sports locations.
The new website is found at www.charlottetownislanders.com.