By Spencer Seymour
Two nearby junior hockey teams will be adopting new logos over the next few seasons.
The Tavistock Braves and Mitchell Hawks will be moving away from their indigenous-themed team imagery after notices from the Municipality of West Perth on behalf of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). The Braves’ logo resembles the NHL’s Boston Bruins alternate logo with the head of an indigenous person in the center, while the Hawks’ crest strongly resembles that of the Chicago Blackhawks.
The announcement comes after Scott Mace, vice-president of the Hawks said that they had received a notice on behalf of the OHRC that they would need to change their logo within the next four years. Both the Braves, who play in the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), and the Hawks, who play in the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL), will not be changing their names as part of the transition.
The Braves have been transitioning away from the indigenous-themed logo in the past several years after receiving several emails about the logo, according to team President Steve Hohl. They will wear the logo for this upcoming season before introducing a new ‘T’ logo for the 2020-21 season. Meanwhile, the Hawks will also be using the same logo for the upcoming season to allow for the design of new jerseys and logos. They have already removed all versions of their logo from their home arena, the Mitchell & District Arena. The team has also decided to turn to the public as they have started a contest for the community to submit new logo ideas.