REDBLACKS Touchdown Tradition – Wood Cookies
When the Ottawa REDBLACKS score a touchdown at TD Place, the Algonquin Loggersports Team will be hard at work. The sounds of chainsaws will fill the air as Ottawa newest football tradition begins to take shape, the cutting of a REDBLACKS wood cookie from a log.
The ceremonial cutting of the wood cookie will take place in the west endzone after every touchdown! These wooden medallions are tokens of celebration to commemorate the REDBLACKS accomplishments on the field.
Thanks to Ottawa’s rich football history there are many traditions that have been passed down from team to team at Lansdowne Park. This is the first tradition created during the REDBLACKS era.
The Algonquin College Loggersports team and their chainsaws are set-up to rev-up for every game. The plaid-cloaked men and women who run them await the next REDBLACKS touchdown and the opportunity to slice the cedar and make the wood chips fly like fireworks!
Ottawa’s logging heritage is an essential part of the REDBLACKS story. The addition of the loggersports team is an element that ties that lumberjack past with the present, according to the President of Sports for OSEG Sports, Jeff Hunt.
“There’s great synergy between the Loggersports team and the story behind our REDBLACKS branding,” said Hunt.
“Our logo features a saw blade background that pays tribute to the founding of Ottawa as a lumber industry town; and our mascot is a lumberjack, inspired by the men who cut trees in the Upper Ottawa Valley and rode logs down the Ottawa River to the St. Lawrence and markets beyond. The Loggersports team respects that same heritage and I know their skills and showmanship will enhance our fan experience.”
The Loggersports Team, based at Algonquin’s Pembroke Campus, participates in intercollegiate lumberjack skills competitions in a variety of traditional forestry-related skills.
Algonquin’s Loggersports Varsity Team is a member of the Canadian Lumberjacking Association and competes in two major tournaments each academic year, competing against colleges and universities from across Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States. The team is made up of men and women who spend hundreds of hours training for competitions in events such as chain sawing, axe throwing, pole climbing and cross cut sawing.
“This is great exposure for our team members and an opportunity for them to demonstrate to a large audience what a wonderful sport Logger Sports is,” said Loggersports Coach Chris Ryan. “We’re thrilled and very proud to be the official Loggersports team of the REDBLACKS and we wish them tremendous success in this their inaugural season.”