Islanders organization to unveil new mascot later this season
Charlottetown Islanders fans will notice a friendly face missing from the team's home opener Friday against the Halifax Mooseheads.
Tomahawk, who's been the team mascot since the P.E.I. Rocket moved to Charlottetown in 2003, has announced he’s decided to hang up his skates and No. 9 jersey.
With the team now known as the Charlottetown Islanders, Tomahawk said he felt it was time to also move on. It was far from an easy decision, said the mascot.
“I want to thank all the fans of the P.E.I. Rocket and wish good luck to the Charlottetown Islanders,” said Tomahawk. “Wherever I end up, I’ll always be rooting for P.E.I.’s team to bring the Memorial Cup home.
“I’m an Islander at heart.”
The red and blue mascot was a fixture at the P.E.I. Rocket home games for 10 years and could often be seen performing his high energy dances and slapping high fives. Tomahawk’s impact on the team will go far beyond the memories of his past performances. In fact, he was part of the committee tasked with selecting the new Charlottetown Islanders mascot.
That mascot, whose identity is being tightly guarded while attending the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League mascot training camp, will be unveiled to fans later this season.
“Once they learn the ropes, I’m sure they'll be able to get fans roaring and players pumped up,” said Tomahawk. “After all, I helped pick him.”
Until the new mascot arrives in Charlottetown, the Islanders have decided to invite a different guest mascot for each of the team’s home games. If you have a mascot that would like to be a part of a game e-mail Jason MacLean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Friday will see the team face the Memorial Cup champion Halifax Mooseheads. Game time is 7 p.m.