Every­one misses Bre­ton Ed­die

BEC Bears mas­cot has sort of fallen apart at the seams

Cape Breton Post - - OUR COMMUNITY - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE CAPE BRE­TON POST smont­gomery@cb­post.com

NEW WATER­FORD — It was news al­most too much to bear.

No one at the 29th an­nual Coal Bowl Clas­sic at Bre­ton Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre seemed to know what had be­come of the school mas­cot. But af­ter some dig­ging it was sadly dis­cov­ered that Bre­ton Ed­die had qui­etly passed away about two years ago.

“I guess they were clean­ing out the stor­age room one day and came across the cos­tume and it was in quite dis­ar­ray — smelly and com­ing apart at the seams,” said Yogi Muise, me­dia re­la­tions for the Coal Bowl. “So they ended up throw­ing it away.” Muise said it is too bad that hap­pened. “The bear mas­cot cer­tainly added to ev­ery­thing; it gets the crowd go­ing, adds a lot of fun.”

Kenny MacLeod, a 20-year Coal Bowl vol­un­teer, re­mem­bers the fun Bre­ton Ed­die gen­er­ated at games.

“He would be wav­ing to every­one, out on the floor with the cheer­lead­ers, shak­ing hands with the teams . . . yes, I do miss him, he al­ways made things very in­ter­est­ing when he was here.”

Jean Guy Deme­ter, head coach for the BEC Bears boys bas­ket­ball team, said the mas­cot used to not only get the crowd ex­cited, but also the play­ers.

“When the mas­cot was around it gave en­cour­age­ment to the boys on the bench and the play­ers on the floor.”

“He was like a Coal Bowl fix­ture, but then (he) kind of faded away. I’d like to see that bear back.”

Tyler Mathe­son, a guard for the BEC team, said there were times his team tried to find the cos­tume, not­ing that mas­cot al­ways livened up the crowd. But it isn’t just the team that misses it, he added.

“Even some of the fans have asked where he is.”

Chad Dixon of New Water­ford was a mem­ber of the BEC bas­ket­ball team in 2008.

“I re­mem­ber we looked for the uni­form, (but) no one knew where it was.”

Dixon said his team felt the mas­cot played an im­por­tant role.

“It gets the game pumped up — adds ex­cite­ment to the crowd.”

BEC prin­ci­pal Bruce MacDon­ald, new to the school this year, hasn’t heard any com­plaints about the lack of a mas­cot. How­ever, he said it may be some­thing they have to look at res­ur­rect­ing at the school.

“Mas­cots are im­por­tant. This may be some­thing we need to ad­dress.”

Sub­mit­ted by Yogi Muise

Bre­ton Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre mas­cot Bre­ton Ed­die is shown hold­ing a tro­phy in an old school year­book photo. Al­though it has been a few years since the school mas­cot has been around, every­one seems to re­mem­ber him and wants him back.

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