A professional sports team's way of marketing to children, creating a family-friendly environment, and brainwashing the youth of a city into loving the local team. What would the world be without Mr. Met, The Chicken, The Baltimore Oriole or even Dancin' Homer?
But what happens when the marketing gurus behind these costumed comedians think they've struck gold, but have actually brought to life nightmare-inducing creatures?
The NHL is home to a few costumed monstrosities, and we're here to expose them.
Thrash of the Atlanta Thrashers
If rap songs are to be believed, Atlanta is a rough place. So when the NHL placed a franchise in the city of "crunk," they could have just gotten Lil' John to be the team's mascot and everyone would have been screamin' "Yeahhh!"
Meet Thrash. Thrash looks like the type of person who would break into your car, jack the radio and squat in the backseat for a few days before firebombing the evidence. Not only does Thrash have an aggressive look, but he also manhandles children.
"Somebody help me...Get him off me. Get him off me."
Fin the Whale of the Vancouver Canucks
Free Willy was dynamite at the box office. Kids loved whales, kids loved Michael Jackson's theme song for the film, and well, you can make your own MJ joke. So when the Canucks decided to go with a whale mascot, it seemed like a great idea at the time.
You're probably thinking "Gee, CK, he doesn't look so bad," but you're wrong. From Fin's personal bio: "favorite book is Moby Dick." If I recall correctly, Moby Dick killed the entire crew of Captain Ahab's ship and walked away scot free.
Fin's game-time gimmick? Eating children.
He may look civil, but at the end of the day, he's just a killer whale in a suit. And worst of all, he's a pirate.
and a wedding crasher.
Now, the most terrifying mascot in the NHL...
Iceburgh of the Pittsburgh Penguins
Iceburgh looks like a lovable, huggable and punchable penguin, but just watch this video and tell me if you'd ever trust your children around this beast ever again.