This is a list of current and former National Hockey League mascots, sorted alphabetically.
Teams without a mascotEdit
The following NHL teams have never had a mascot:
Al the OctopusEdit
Al the Octopus is the eight legged mascot of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. In 1952, when east side fish merchants Pete and Jerry Cusimano threw a real octopus onto the Olympia arena ice, the eight legs representing the eight victories needed to secure a Stanley Cup in those six-team days. Since then, fans throw an octopus onto the ice for good luck. In one game in the 1995 Playoffs, fans threw forty-five onto the ice. Arena Manager and Zamboni driver Al Sobotka ceremoniously scoops them up, and play continues.
Now a large purple prop octopus (Al), named after ice manager Al Sobotka, is positioned in Joe Louis Arena for the duration of the playoffs.
Bailey, the mascot of the Los Angeles Kings is a 6 foot lion (6 foot 4 inches with mane included) who wears No. 72 because of the warm weather in Los Angeles. He was named in honor of the late Garnet “Ace” Bailey who served as the Los Angeles Kings' Director of Pro Scouting for seven years before dying in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Bailey is the Kings' second mascot, the first was a snow leopard named Kingston in 1994. Bailey's birthday is March 14.
For the 2009-10 season, the Los Angeles Kings partnered with Carl's Jr. to create a series of videos in which Kings organization members competed against Carl's Jr. organization members. The first installment in which Bailey appears is a spoof on Carl's Jr.'s commercials with Bailey replacing scantily clad actresses .
Bernie the St. BernardEdit
Bernie, the newest mascot of the Colorado Avalanche, debuted to the public against the Vancouver Canucks at the Pepsi Center on October 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. Bernie, short for Bernard is a St. Bernard dog. Bernie is the second mascot since Howler the Yeti who was retired early in the Avalanche franchise. Bernie's jersey is marked with a bone that resembles the #1. A fan page for Bernie was also unveiled October 3, 2009 Bernie The Mascot 
Blades the BruinEdit
Carlton the BearEdit
Carlton the Bear is a 6'4" anthropomorphic polar bear, and the official mascot of the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL team. His first public appearance was on October 10, 1995 at the Leafs' home-opener in Toronto against the New York Islanders.
Carlton's name and number (#60) comes from the location of Maple Leaf Gardens, 60 Carlton St. in Toronto, the Leafs home arena from 1931 to 1999. They have since moved to the Air Canada Centre on Bay Street. Since his debut, Carlton has gained fame through appearances at Leafs home games. He has also occasionally travelled with the team, having made appearances at 20 different arenas in 17 cities over his career. To date, Carlton has tossed more than 8,000 shirts into the audience, led various cheers, and spread Maple Leaf spirit to thousands of fans. Carlton is also credited with chairing the first annual Mascot Summit in 2000, which took place at the 50th National Hockey League All-Star Game in Toronto.
Fin the WhaleEdit
Fin the Whale is the mascot of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team. He is an anthropomorphic killer whale. Fin is usually hanging around the Canucks, proudly beating his drum at every Canucks hockey game. His trademark move consists of steam emitting from his blowhole and his "chomping" of unsuspecting heads at Rogers Arena. Fin is one of the few NHL mascots who plays the position of a goalkeeper. He is 6'3 and shoots left.
Fin is very affectionate towards children, having been a regular at Canuck Place, a hospice in Vancouver for terminally ill children.
The character was introduced in 1998, the same year the team was founded. His trademark includes stunts: fast rappels from the arena rafters, jumping a 4-wheel/ATV off a ramp onto the ice, and a pendulum swing that takes him under the scoreboard and just inches off the ice. Gnash also dances during intermissions and pulls pranks on fans of the visiting team, usually ending with a pie in the face.
Harvey the HoundEdit
Harvey the Hound is the 6-ft, 6-in tall mascot of the Calgary Flames. Created in 1983, Harvey was the NHL's first mascot.
Harvey was once involved in an incident with Edmonton Oilers Coach Craig MacTavish when MacTavish ripped out Harvey's tongue. Harvey the Hound was voted best Mascot in 2004, 3rd in 2005 and 6th in 2006. Harvey also had a long-standing feud with broadcaster Gary Green.
Howler the CoyoteEdit
Howler the Coyote is the mascot of the Phoenix Coyotes. The Number 96 on his sweater represents the year the Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix. He Wears a "M" Designation for Mascot, He was introduced on October 15, 2005. He is known to beat on a bucket to encourage the fans to cheer, and has many different outfits in games.
Iceburgh is the official mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins franchise in the National Hockey League. Iceburgh (right), debuted for the 1991-92 NHL Season. Iceburgh was known as "Icey" in the 1995 film Sudden Death starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, filmed at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. In the movie, Iceburgh's costume was worn by one of the villains. The name Iceburgh is a play on the word 'iceberg' and the name of the city of Pittsburgh. He usually wears a Penguins jersey with the number "00". The costume is almost identical to that of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' team mascot, "Tux." The only difference being that Iceburgh has an orange neck, and Tux's neck is red. Tux also wears hockey gloves and Iceburgh does not.
Louie is the current mascot of the St. Louis Blues. He was introduced on October 10, 2007 and on November 3, 2007, the fans voted on his name on the Blues website. Louie is a Blue Polar Bear and wears a Blues jersey with his name on the back. He likes to eat Hot dogs.
N.J. Devil is the mascot of the New Jersey Devils hockey team. He first appeared in 1993 and was spotted in the rafters of the then-Brendan Byrne Arena throwing peanut shells down onto the crowd. The 7' tall mascot plays into the myth of the Jersey Devil. N.J. Devil often keeps the crowd excited, signs autographs, participates in entertainment during the intermissions, skates across the ice, and runs throughout the aisles of the arena to high five fans. N.J. wears a red Devils jersey with his name and number 00 on the back.
The Minnesota Wild unveiled their mascot, named Nordy, on October 5, 2008. Little is known about the species of the mascot-some say he is a mix of a bear and a fox wearing a mullet and a green "M" on his forehead. Nordy is the newest member of the team of 18,000 and wears the jersey number 18,001.
Sabretooth is the mascot of the Buffalo Sabres, an NHL ice hockey team. He resembles Snagglepuss and is ostensibly a sabre-toothed tiger. From 1992 to 1998, he was also the mascot of the Buffalo Bandits indoor lacrosse team. He has a house in HSBC Arena. Before games, he rappels from the ceiling to the ice while rock music plays, and has also been known to ride a four-wheeler on the ice while followed by a spotlight. He has a t-shirt bazooka, which he uses to shoot shirts into the crowd, and plays Sabres chants on a drum. Sabretooth recently received a new blue-and-gold color scheme to match the Sabres' then-new logo. Currently, Sabretooth wears the new logo jersey and has blue stripes. Sabretooth's autograph can be obtained on the mezzanine level of HSBC Arena within his custom built playhouse. Former Sabre, and NHL Hall-of-Famer Tim Horton originally came up with the idea for Sabretooth in 1974 with the design being carried out several years later.
On March 12, 1999, S.J. Sharkie was involved a incident during the pre-game festivities for that evening's Sharks vs. Red Wings game. During an attempted rappel from the rafters of HP Pavilion at San Jose, Sharkie's jersey became entangled in the rope and rappel equipment, leaving Sharkie hanging approximately 40 feet above the ice. Sharkie remained there while the starting lineups were announced and during the singing of the national anthem. The beginning of the game was delayed 20 minutes while crews worked to rescue him. He was eventually hoisted upward to a catwalk using a secondary rope.
Slapshot is the anthropomorphic bald eagle mascot of the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals. He is the son of Sam the Eagle and Betty Bird. His uncle, Screech, is the mascot for the Washington Nationals.
Sparky the DragonEdit
Sparky the Dragon is the mascot for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. He had served as the mascot for the New York Dragons Arena Football team until their change in ownership in 2009. What made him unique was the fact that he wore two sets of colors, depending on the team he rooted for. He currently wears royal blue and orange. His original navy blue color was changed in summer 2010 to match the Islanders' new color scheme. His tail for the Islanders has the shape of a hockey stick. For Dragons contests, he had worn pink, red, and black. The fact that both teams were owned by computer magnate Charles Wang factored into this. Sparky's web site He is also known as Ernesto Carillo.
Spartacat is an anthropomorphic lion and the official mascot of the NHL team, the Ottawa Senators. He is also known to be quite an acrobat as he has been seen swinging through the Scotiabank Place arena to get the crowd pumped up before games. An immediately recognizable part of Ottawan society, Spartacat does his part as an active member of the community by visiting hospitals, schools, and children's hockey games. He has been involved in the "Read to Succeed" literacy drive that has been initiated by the Ottawa Senators to educate children on the importance of reading and participates by visiting schools in the Ottawa area to draw the attention of children to the literacy message.
Spartacat has a fierce rivalry with Carlton the Bear, the official mascot of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Stanley C. PantherEdit
Stanley C. Panther is the mascot of the Florida Panthers. He was named in 1995 by Darrel Ambrosini. He is named for the Stanley Cup. At the beginning of the 2007–08 season, the Panthers added another mascot that is half the size of Stanley, hence the name "Mini Stanley". Due to Mini Stanley's smaller size, he is a mascot that caters more to children.
Stormy is the mascot of the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team. He is an anthropomorphic ice hog, who wears the number 97 (shortened for 1997- the year when the Hartford Whalers moved to North Carolina to play their first game). The reason for a hog mascot is because of the abundance of hog farms in eastern North Carolina.
Thunderbug is the mascot of the Tampa Bay Lightning team of the National Hockey League He is black and yellow and wears a jersey with the number 0. He usually walks around the stands launching T-shirts to fans. Due to its financial difficulties, the Lightning has so far fired 27 employees in 2009 including Matt Hitchcock who impersonated Thunderbug. However, the organization assured that the mascot is still part of the team.
Tommyhawk is the mascot for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. He is a hawk who wears the Blackhawks' famed 4 feathers on his head, along with a Blackhawks jersey and hockey pants.
Wildwing Flashblade is the mascot for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. He was chosen following a fan "Name the Mascot" write-in contest, where one creative fan picked a name that truly fits that Ducks mascot's personality. Wild Wing is the first mascot in National Hockey League history to descend onto the ice from the rafters of the arena. He is an anthropomorphic duck that was also featured in the animated series Mighty Ducks.
Youppi! (Yippee! or Hooray! in French) is the official mascot for the Montreal Canadiens. The exclamation mark is part of the trademarked name. From 1979 to 2004, Youppi! was the mascot of the Montreal Expos baseball team. When the Expos left Montreal, Youppi! was adopted by the hockey franchise, becoming the first league-switching mascot in major league sports history. Instead of endorsing a number in the back of his jersey, he wears an exclamation mark.
Howler the YetiEdit
Kingston was the first mascot of the Los Angeles Kings. He was a Snow Leopard who was around for the 1994 season.
Penguin Pete was the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first mascot. He was an Ecuadorian-born penguin on loan from the Pittsburgh Zoo. Pete made his first appearance during the second intermission of a game against the Boston Bruins on October 19, 1968. He later died of pneumonia one month into the season. It is believed that his death was due because the ice crew at the arena kept his nesting area too warm.
A second penguin mascot was loaned to the team and made it through the 1971–72 season.
The Flyers debuted a short-lived skating mascot named Slapshot in 1976. It remains the only mascot in Flyers' team history.
Benny was the mascot of the former Winnipeg Jets. He was named in honour of both Ben Hatskin, the first owner of the Jets, and Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets." He wore a B on the front of his jersey, in the spot where a C for captain or A for alternate captain would otherwise go.
Winger was the first mascot of the Washington Capitals, was their first before switching to the current mascot Slapshot.
Prior to the current era of the furry antropomorphic mascot, teams usually named children or animals as the team's mascot. The children were usually children of the players or team staff. Famous children mascots include Howie Morenz Jr., son of Howie Morenz, when Morenz played for the Montreal Canadiens.
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- ↑ Bernie The Mascot
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- ↑ Reports Of My Demise.... Toronto Maple Leafs (November 27, 2009). Retrieved on 12 February 2010.
- ↑ Iceburgh's NHL bio
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 http://www.penguinjersey.com/PensPages/Mascots/mascots.html
- ↑ St Louis Blues - Community - Name the Mascot
- ↑ Minnesota Wild - 'Nordy' unveiled as new Wild team mascot
- ↑ KSAX/KRWF-TV Eyewitness news- Wild unveil Nordy, new mascot
- ↑ Minnesota Wild - Team - Team: Nordy Official Player Page
- ↑ Sabretooth - NHL bio
- ↑ McKeon, Ross. "Sharks mascot hung out to dry", San Francisco Examiner, Hearst Communications Inc, 1999-03-13, p. C. Retrieved on 2008-02-15.
- ↑ http://capitals.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NHLPage&id=8625 How Slapshot Became a Mascot
- ↑ Wenzl, Roy. "Puckish Name For Hockey Mascot Lands Boy In Rink", Sun Sentinel, December 20, 1995.
- ↑ Thrash - NHL bio
- ↑ Official Thunderbug page
- ↑ Leafs GM to shake up draft order
- ↑ Tampa Bay Lightning layoffs include media specialist
- ↑ Tommyhawk's Official Page
- ↑ Dell, Michael. Where Have You Gone, Badaboum?. LCS: Guide to Hockey. Retrieved on 11 December 2009.
- ↑ Colorado Avalanche forum
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