I know there is a lot of debate about the idea of mascots not fitting in with the hockey world, etc. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed NHL mascots. Perhaps that’s because Iceburgh (the mascot of the Penguins, my first NHL team) is so entertaining. The way he plays around is fun to watch and he doesn’t disrupt the game at all, so I don’t understand the harm. Depending on the counts you use and what you count as a mascot, 24 (or 25) of the 30 NHL teams have mascots. If you haven’t been lucky enough to see all of them, you can click here to see pictures of all 24 mascots. Four of the original six teams have mascots, including the Canadiens and Maple Leafs. Since most of the arguments I’ve heard about hockey not being a place for mascots say that they take their hockey more seriously in Canada, I find it interesting that the two original six teams from Canada, as well as the Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, & Calgary Flames have team mascots. This makes the Edmonton Oilers the only team in Canada without a mascot. Clearly it’s not simply an issue with being serious about hockey. Mascots entertain kids and older fans when they’re not overly intrusive and distracting. If used properly, I think a good mascot can add to the experience of a great night of hockey.
The video my sister posted today on her Facebook page made me think about this. If you want to see a hilarious campaign video for Iceburgh, check this out: