Gritty is unquestionably the most popular mascot in the NHL, if not all of professional sports.
While most have fewer than 10,000 Twitter followers to show for their years of existence, Gritty gathered more than 225,000 by mid-February – more than four times that of Nashville’s Gnash, who’s second. When the Philadelphia Flyers initially revealed Gritty back in September 2018, there were a multitude of reactions: shock, confusion, fear, laughter, even anger. And while some fans still harbor those feelings, the majority turned it around in just a few hours, with Gritty becoming an international hockey heartthrob by the end of his first day.
A few weeks later, even the Philadelphia city council adopted a resolution proclaiming Gritty as their own, while still referring to him as “a ghastly ...
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