Adirondack Flames scrap new mascot after controversial unveiling

The Adirondack Flames, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Calgary Flames, revealed that they are doing away with their recently-unveiled mascot after it sparked some controversy. Scorch, the puck-headed ball of fire, had a rather interesting origin story and didn’t endear himself to the community when it “overpowered” a firefighter in a skit to tell his tale.

Scorch will be replaced in the near future.

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“We’re extinguishing Scorch,” Brian Petrovek, president of the Adirondack Flames, said in an interview on Tuesday. “The misjudgment we made was such that we came to that decision.”

The Flames issued an apology after their origin sketch went viral for all the wrong reasons.

Scorch’s origin story was that he was the last remaining ember of the tragic fire that destroyed much of Glens Falls, New York, in 1864. As part of the skit to introduce Scorch to the community, he squared off with an actor dressed as a local firefighter and eventually left the firefighter on his back. Scorch then did a jig of some kind, as you can see in the video below.

It didn’t look good. The internet got a hold of it and that was that for Scorch.

Farewell, little fella. We’ll never forget you.

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Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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