June 18, 2018 06:37 PM
(ABC 6 News) – Rochester has a new junior hockey team coming to the Med City in the fall, and on Monday, there was a sneak peek of their new look.
The Rochester Grizzlies, the newest member of the NA3HL, unveiled their inaugural home and away jerseys for the inaugural season. Grizzlies President of Business Operations Garrett Patrick describes the new look as a “throwback Boston Bruins” jersey appeal.
“I think the fans will really like it,” Patrick said.
The Grizzlies, who are the NA3HL affiliate of the Austin Bruins, will wear the same colors (black, yellow, and white) as the Bruins.
“We are the same organization, so players will be able to move back and forth, and we want that strong tie between the teams and that camaraderie between the teams,” Patrick said. “When players do move up or back and forth, they fit in right away and they're ready to go."
On Monday, Bruins’ mascot “Bruiser” helped unveil the Grizzlies’ new look. Bruiser will not serve as the Grizzlies’ mascot. Patrick said the Grizzlies’ mascot will be named “Boomer,” but Boomer is currently in hibernation.
“That’ll be unveiled for the first game,” Patrick said. “It’s a secret right now.”
Patrick, who will work under Austin Bruins’ co-owners Mike Cooper and his father, Craig Patrick, said he hopes the Grizzlies won’t just look good, but they’ll play well in their first junior hockey season in the NA3HL.
“Our goal every year is to win the National Championship,” Garrett Patrick said. “We also want to have a great community presence. We focus on that in Austin a lot, and we want to do that (in Rochester) as well. The new brand and image we are bringing to the team are bringing a lot of excitement.”
Updated: June 18, 2018 06:37 PM
Created: June 18, 2018 06:01 PM
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