How the Philadelphia Flyers created a headline-making mascot and overnight sensation
It took less than 24 hours for Gritty to transform from abomination to obsession. But before that fateful day, there were months of planning – and four different kinds of eyebrows.
NHL Mascot Rankings: The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly
The NHL's costumed hockey heroes fire us up and warm our hearts. Who’s No. 1?
Oilers introduce first-ever mascot, and it’s a terrifying lynx who lived under Rogers Place
The Edmonton Oilers have their first mascot in franchise history, and kids seem to like Hunter, the Canadian lynx, despite the fact he has piercing cat eyes and fangs.
North Dakota finally gets new nickname after more than three years
For three years, the University of North Dakota athletic program has been without a nickname, but a public vote finally ended with ‘Fighting Hawks’ selected as the new moniker for the athletic program. UND has gone by ‘North Dakota’ in most competitions since ceasing the use of the ‘Fighting Sioux’ name and logo.
Las Vegas Aces? Moniker for potential club gathering steam with fans
The Las Vegas expansion bid was filed under Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC, but more than 40 percent of respondents to a poll hosted by the Las Vegas Sun are behind called the potential Las Vegas NHL franchise the ‘Aces.’ Prospective owner Bill Foley has said the team name will be determined by season ticket depositors.
Shawinigan and North Dakota telling stories they don't own
The Quebec League's Shawinigan Cataractes have found themselves mired in controversy due to a First Nations-themed marketing campaign, while University of North Dakota fans still lament the loss of the Fighting Sioux name. But history can't always be written by the winners.
University of North Dakota Flickertails? School releases list of potential monikers
The University of North Dakota may not be without a nickname for much longer. Nearly three years have passed since the "Fighting Sioux" moniker was retired and the school's Nickname Committee has made public the list of potential names for the schools athletics. The most common suggestions under consideration are Flickertails, North Stars and continuing without a nickname.
The world’s best hockey fan? It might just be the Winnipeg Jets’ Dancin’ Gabe
Gabe Langlois has grown a cult following thanks to his unbridled enthusiasm and bold moves at Winnipeg Jets games and beyond
Brace yourself for arguably the most bizarre hockey jumbotron video you'll ever see
The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Alaska Nanooks team has a jumbotron hockey video that must be seen to be believed. It's the closest hockey may ever get to having its own Fantasia movie.
Killer AHL mascot goes down in flames. RIP, "Scorch"
Scorch, the mascot for the Adirondack Flames, died in a blaze of, er, glory, last weekend before appearing in his first game for the team. Seeing as he killed a fire fighter, perhaps it was all for the best that he was banished before his career began.
Why we should all be concerned about Gnash's untimely injury
The Nashville Predators mascot is out six-to-eight weeks with a broken fibula and it's no laughing matter. It turns out Gnash is an unwitting pawn in an elaborate scheme to exploit him and he can't talk about it. Seriously, he literally can't talk.
New Dallas Stars mascot is hideous – and that's OK
The Dallas Stars have unveiled a new mascot for 2014-15, and the fan consensus has been hugely negative. But isn't better to be different than forgettable?
Epic Stanley Cup tattoo is real. And it's spectacular
If you think you're a die-hard fan, check out the artwork Dawn Mounce had tattooed on her leg to commemorate the Los Angeles Kings' second Stanley Cup. It took 16 hours of work by tattoo artist Sean Heirigs, but the result is impressive.
Ever wanted to be an NHL mascot or anthem singer? Apply to the Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames are looking for a new anthem singer and mascot for the NHL, WHL and national lacrosse league teams in the city. Ever made fun of anyone in either position, or thought you could do better? Put your money where your mouth is.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks: Mascot Showdown!
Game 1 in each quarterfinal series has been claimed by the team whose mascot won the THN.com showdown. Coincidence? I’ll leave that up to you. But you might want to play it safe and vote to pick the better mascot in the Kings-Ducks series (and potentially will your team to a Game 1 win)…
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild: Mascot Showdown!
Montreal’s Youppi! dominated Boston’s Blades yesterday, getting two thirds of the fan vote. And since the Penguins’ Iceburgh gets a walk since the Rangers don’t employee a plush-covered prodder, we move on to the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild. Which team’s mascot is better?
Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens: Mascot Showdown!
The series between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will be settled on the ice, but the "who's the better mascot" war will be settle right here, right now.