Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club have learned that the clubs mascot Twister has decided that after 30 years with the team has decided to retire.
Twister notified the club on Thursday of his decision stating that the Dairy Queen Home Opener on Friday, September 22nd against the Medicine Hat Tigers will be his final game.
“This decision did not come easy by any means,” wrote Twister in a letter to the team and fans. “It was very apparent to me during the Whoop Up Days Parade in August that I am ready to step away and spend more time with my family.”
Twister spent 30 years as the Hurricanes mascot joining the team in their inaugural season in 1987. He was a member of all four teams that went to the Western Hockey League Finals, including the Championship victory in 1997.
“Being considered Southern Alberta’s favourite mascot was a dream come true,” added Twister.
“We are very sad to hear of Twister’s decision to retire,” said Hurricanes General Manager of Business Operations, Terry Huisman. “His contribution to our franchise for 30 years has been very impactful. We want to thank Twister for all of his efforts over the last three decades.”
The Hurricanes, who are slated to open the 2017-2018 season next Friday, September 22nd against the Medicine Hat Tigers are in the application process for a new mascot and will announce Twister’s successor prior to next week’s Dairy Queen Home Opener.
Season Tickets for the 2017-2018 season are still available for purchase. Single game tickets are also available by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre or by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328).
To the amazing Lethbridge Hurricanes fans,
It is with great regret that I inform you that after 30 years I have decided to announce my retirement.
This decision did not come easy by any means. There were a lot of factors that I considered when making my decision but it was very apparent to me during the Whoop Up Days Parade in August that I am ready to step away and spend more time with my family.
There have been so many outstanding memories made over the last 30 years that I will hold dearly. It feels like just yesterday we broke ground; it’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years.
Our first trip to the WHL Final was so much fun and then to do it again the next year was amazing. Coming up short in both of those seasons, however, made myself and our whole organization that much stronger and hungrier. To finally break through and win the WHL Championship in 1997 was the highlight of my time with the Hurricanes and to get to see the members of that team last year brought it all full circle.
The trip to the 2008 WHL Final was also something I’ll always remember, especially all of the “JUUUUUHAAAA” chants – they still ring in my head. And I feel that it’s so fitting to end my tenure as the Lethbridge Hurricanes mascot after what was another terrific post-season run last year going all the way to the Eastern Conference Championship Series.
When I look back on all of those great memories, one thing trumps all of that, and that was being able to meet, take pictures and share the last 30 years with you, the fans! Being a part of this great City and the Lethbridge Hurricanes organization has been a tremendous honour and something that I took so much pride in.
Being considered Southern Alberta’s favourite mascot was a dream come true.
While I pass the torch to the next mascot, who I believe the Hurricanes will do their due-diligence in selecting, my fan-ship of the Lethbridge Hurricanes will never die!
Join me for my final game on Friday, September 22nd at the Dairy Queen Home Opener!
Thank YOU for everything Lethbridge!
GO CANES GO