Everyone misses Breton Eddie
BEC Bears mascot has sort of fallen apart at the seams
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.”
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.