Who was the crowd favourite whipping up fans when the Moose hit the ice? Who would we welcome back with open arms as the mascot of the Winnipeg Jets?
The Jets announced Friday the NHL hockey franchise is recalling Mick E. Moose from the American Hockey League.
The crowd favourite was a no-brainer and the choice now clicks into place as the final piece of the team’s prep work for fans before the first home game on Sunday.
For the Jets, Mick E. Moose was a mascot they couldn’t get off their minds, even as they looked at other ideas.
"We explored dozens of mascot concepts and drawings," said Norva Riddell, senior vice-president of sales and marketing for the Jets.
"Ultimately, the fact that Mick E. Moose seemed to connect and resonate with so many of our young fans over the past 15 seasons kept bringing us back to our history and the possibility of retaining him as our mascot," she said.
Mick E. Moose is a fan favourite who’s averaged more than 100 community appearances per season for the past 15 years in Winnipeg and rural Manitoba. Mascots International made slight modifications to his costume over the summer to help him fit his new role as the Jets' fan ambassador. Look for the vintage leather aviator helmet Mick E. Moose will sport in his debut with The Jets Sunday.
Mick E. Moose, the new mascot of the Winnipeg Jets, will have a mascot zone at all Winnipeg Jets home games, presented by Recycle Everywhere, the team said.