Monday, February 13, 2017

NHL Team Mascots Part 2

Harvey the Hound (Calgary Flames): The 6’6” tall hound was debuted on February 16th, 1984 in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was involved in an incident with Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish on January 20th, 2003. Harvey was standing behind the Oilers bench while taunting the team. Coach MacTavish didn’t take kindly to this. He grabbed Harvey’s tongue and ripped it right out of his mouth.

Howler the Coyote (Arizona Coyotes): He was first introduced on October 15th, 2005. He stands 6’1” tall and wears a number 96 on his jersey (to represent the year the Winnipeg Jets moved to Arizona). He can often be seen beating on a bucket to excite the crowd.

Hunter (Edmonton Oilers): The newest NHL mascot. The lynx was introduced on September 26th, 2016. He wears the number 72, to represent the year the Oilers became a team. His name was chosen in honor of the Oilers founder, “Wild Bill” Hunter.

Iceburgh (Pittsburgh Penguins): What could be more fitting than a Penguin to represent the Pens? Iceburgh was created in 1992. His name was chosen by a contest. The original team mascot was a live penguin named Penguin Pete. He was loaned by the Pittsburgh Zoo. Pete was introduced on February 21st, 1968. He succumbed to pneumonia in November that year. A second penguin, “Re-Pete”, was borrowed from the zoo and he remained the mascot through the 1971-1972 season.

Louie (St. Louis Blues): A blue polar bear that was introduced on October 10th, 2007. Fans named him Louie on November 3rd, 2007. He wears the number 00. The Blues have an unofficial mascot thanks to an autocorrect fail. On November 4th, 2015, they posted a photo to Instagram with the caption “#OurBlues roar bacon” (instead of “roar back”) after overcoming a 5-2 deficit against the Chicago Blackhawks. Blues Captain David Backes was so inspired by the popularity of the new #RoarBacon hashtag that he brought a live pig, named Piggy Smalls, into the locker room.

Mick E. Moose (Winnipeg Jets): A 6’2” tall moose that started his mascot career with the Manitoba Moose in the AHL. After 15 years there, the Jets recalled him to be their official mascot on October 7th, 2011. He is now the mascot for both the Jets and the Manitoba Moose.

N.J. Devil (New Jersey Devils): A 7' tall devil crafted to remind fans of the myth of the New Jersey Devil. He wears the number 00. He made his debut in 1993, after the former mascot, Slapshot, resigned due to being accused of inappropriately touching several women.

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