Canada’s Boston Raider

As I am always one to revisit the idea of racially controversial mascots, back to further explore.  Now, most of the questionable mascots come from a long history of being a part of the team, so tradition vs. political correctness is the issue.  But in this team’s case, well, it just wasn’t.

Canada’s Junior Ice Hockey League has the Prince Albert Raiders, named due to the location of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.  The team decided to do a rebranding, and created a new mascot and logo, modeled after their 1980s one.  Well, this is the controversial character named Boston Raider:

I give them some credit for him being similar to the original logo, but still, you got rid of him for a reason, right?  What made you think that bringing him back was a good idea?!

Boston Raider didn’t even make it through the entire 2014 season before getting put in the penalty box.  And here we are, south of the border, thinking that Canada is all nice and sweet with their free healthcare and awesome accents.

This guy has become the replacement logo, but I’m not sure he’s so family friendly either.  With the direction of the hand, and placement of the knife… well… judge for yourself.