EVERETT — The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln is leaving Everett and being replaced by the USS Nimitz.
But another Lincoln is staying behind.
Lincoln, the Everett Silvertips’ bear mascot, will remain the Western Hockey Legaue team’s mascot, even after the departure of his namesake, Silvertips officials said Thursday.
“We’re not sending our Lincoln away,” Silvertips general manager Doug Soetaert said Thursday via cell phone from the team bus, which was making its way along the snowy highways between Brandon, Manitoba, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
“He’s staying right in Everett. If we have to, we’ll apply to the U.S. government for TARP (Troubled Asset Recovery Program) money to make sure. Our Lincoln is staying put.”
Lincoln has been the Silvertips’ mascot since the team began play in 2003. He was named in honor of the carrier that has been stationed in Everett since 1997. He even wears No. 72, which is the identifying number for the USS Lincoln.
Nick Patterson’s Silvertips blog: http://www.heraldnet.com/silvertipsblog.