Based out of the Coldwater Burrow in Coldwater, ON
GM Ben is a fast turnover, big moves kind of GM. His rate of activity in his first few seasons is only matched by the historically active GMs: Bobby, Josh and Rez. Though it must be stated, GM Ben is relentless in his pursuit of improvement, and may well be the most active trader of the post-2010 era. His takeover of the franchise marked the 3rd time a new GM has “made their mark” on this team by breaking down the predecessors roster for youth/prospects and new players. His signature move to this point was the series of deals that resulted in him having the firepower to acquire Sidney Crosby, the best player in the NHL at his time of acquisition.
This team has been run by GM Ben since 2012. The franchise was the first BBY expansion team back in 1999 with GM Dallas naming it the Carnage. In 2000 GM Jeff took over, renaming the team the Alcoholics for 5 years until he reverted to the Carnage name in 2005. In 2009 GM Sarah took over and named the team the Sling Matrons. She shortened the name in 2010 to Matrons. GM Ben didn’t want a team name that meant “mothers” so he chose a beast he admired: the badger.
GM Jeff worked at the local LCBO. His logo sported a big maple leaf behind the bottle with the slogan “Absolut Canadiana” below it. He retained the logo when he reverted back to the original Carnage team name.
GM Sarah was represented by various images of Xena, warrior princess. It took GM Ben into his second season to replace this imagery with some of his own.
The 1st “badger” Badger logo was selected by GM Ben to embody the truculence and attitude he wanted his franchise to project. We were especially fond of the turtleneck collar on the angry badger face as it provided an air of sophistication.
GM Ben opted to lose the hipster turtleneck logo and developed a sleeker, more sinister looking Badger. This badger is found on the wrong side of town digging through the garbage and beating up other, smaller mammals. The hockey puck as the background is a nice touch, and oddly enough hadn’t been done in the BBY yet.
|2001||Jarome Iginla/Doug Weight||71|
|2013 (lockout)||Jamie Benn||33|
|2005 (lockout)||Alexander Frolov|
|2013 (lockout)||Jeff Skinner||24|
|Jay & Silent Bob||Assistants||2003-2008|
|Anna Kournikova||Head Scout||2003-2008|
The Badgers have been looking for staff, in particular a coach, since the 2012 season. Perhaps someday they will name some…
The Arch Enemy
GM Ben has labeled the Expendables is his priority enemy. BBY observers would like to see him battle it out with GM Josh of the Marauders due to their close personal connections.
|Draft Year||1st selection and position taken (if known)|
|2001||Steven Weiss (14th)|
|2002||Radim Vrbata (5th)|
|2003||Kyle Wellwood (22nd)|
|2004||Micheal Ryder (2nd)|
|2005||MA Pouliot (11th)|
|2006||Michel Frolik (12th)|
|2007||Blake Wheeler (59th)|
|2008||Gilbert Brule (10th)|
|2009||Brayden Schenn (7th)|
|2010||Chris Stewart (3rd)|
|2011||Jeff Skinner (1st)|
|2012||Nail Yakupov (1st)|
|2013||Magnus Paajarvi (17th)|