January 27, 2012
Roughnecks retire mascot
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
CALGARY - Derrick the Driller is gone, and he’s not coming back.
The Calgary Roughnecks officially retired the former mascot Thursday, moving forward with a yet-to-be-named honey badger.
Despite a groundswell of support to bring back Derrick, the Roughnecks put to rest any thoughts of the mascot making a return.
“I believe our long-term fans are coming because of the players, not the mascot,” Roughnecks director of business operations Mike Moore said. “The mascot is part of the entertainment package.
“This shows that the (fans) don’t like change. It’s 10 years of tradition with Derrick. Sometimes you need to make some changes and move forward.
“It’s no different than the crowd. We need to reach more people. We respect the time and effort of people who have been here since Day 1.
“We do not want to upset them. I know we potentially can and will with small changes. We know they are an important part of coming and telling people about this product.
“They will keep coming because of our affiliation with our players.”