Mascots are often underrated, but they fire up the crowd at sporting events, help sell merchandise, and put a face to a team. When visiting a sports stadium, it’s always fun to watch the mascots fire T-shirts and hot dogs, and perform stunts. These are the mascots you’ll want to get a picture with at NHL games.
Slapshot (Washington Capitals)
The bald eagle is an American symbol of strength and freedom, and Slapshot, the mascot of the Washington Capitals, stands out in the red jersey.
Harvey the Hound (Calgary Flames)
Who would have thought that a dog would make a good mascot? Harvey happens to be the first NHL mascot, introduced in 1983. His tongue hangs outside his mouth. In 2003, Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish ripped the tongue off of the mascot. At the All-Star game that season, many mascots showed support for Harvey with their tongues hanging down.
Iceburgh (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Iceburgh—known as “Icey”—made his debut during the 1991-1992 NHL season. The mascot’s name is a play on the words “iceberg” and “Pittsburgh.” The mascot has even appeared in a movie titled Sudden Death, starring Jean Claude Van Damme.
N.J. Devil (New Jersey Devils)
This kid-friendly version of the devil is inspired by the New Jersey Devil—a mythological beast child. Although he’s a bit creepy, he always has a huge smile on his face.