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The Mitchell Minor hockey Association put out a survey to decide their new team name and a large majority voted in favour of Mitchell Mustangs. 2019 03 mitchell mustangs2Picklyk says the new uniforms will have a new design but maintain the same colours as their current Mohawks jerseys. (Photo credit: Chris Picklyk)

The association will make the change from Mitchell Mohawks to Mitchell Mustangs for the next hockey season.

President Chris Picklyk says when they announced the rebrand in November, they looked to the members of their association as well as students from both schools in Mitchell, to come up with suggestions for a new name. He notes 50 to 70 different idea came in and their board narrowed it down to five which went out in a survey to their association members. Picklyk says 90 percent of their association responded to the survey they sent out and notes 70 percent voted in favour of Mustangs.

"I think some elections would like to see that in government in Canada," adds Picklyk, "Mitchell Mustangs existed prior to the Mohawks so there was some tradition there as well."

Picklyk says although it was the right thing to do, for some it was difficult to part ways with the Mohawks jerseys.

"People had worn that jersey for a long time and it was generational. Some kids playing now had grandparents that played under that name so going back and staying with something that existed here in the town, I guess was important to a lot of people."

Picklyk adds once they decided on the new name, they had different companies design a mustangs logo and put that to a vote as well. He says 65 percent of those who responded voted in favour of the new logo and jerseys.

Picklyk notes the other four names included in the survey were; Mitchell Monarchs, Razorbacks, Prairie Knights and Prairie Kings.

A spokesperson for the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League Mitchell Mohawks says they will be converting to Mustangs next season as well.

 

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