10 Coolest NHL Mascots

10 Coolest NHL Mascots

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The NHL has some of the most colorful, quirky and awesome mascots in the world. Here's a look at the top 10 coolest mascots in the NHL.

Honorable Mention: Al the Octopus - Detroit Red Wings

Al the Octopus
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Honorable Mention: Al the Octopus - Detroit Red Wings

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Al is more of an object than a mascot, which is why I could not include him on this list. Nevertheless, Al deserves an honorable mention because the Legend of The Octopus is one if the coolest stories in NHL history.

10. Sparky The Dragon - New York Islanders

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10. Sparky The Dragon - New York Islanders

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Sparky originally served as mascot for the now defunct arena football team the New York Dragons. Since the demise of the Dragons, Sparky has been at Nassau Coliseum cheering on the Islanders and getting fans pumped up.

9. Slapshot - Washington Capitals

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9. Slapshot - Washington Capitals

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Slapshot has been with the Capitals since 1995. Aside from spending his time getting fans hyped up, Slapshot travels all over Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia to assist with events such as charity fundraisers and festivals. Slapshot has even been on an episode of the "Price Is Right" with other NHL mascots.

8. N.J. Devil - New Jersey Devils

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8. N.J. Devil - New Jersey Devils

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The N.J. Devil is an awesome mascot because he plays into New Jersey's oldest folklore: The Jersey Devil. N.J. has been around since 1993 and has been a fun, fan interactive addition to both the Brendan Byrne Arena and Prudential Center.

7. Mick E. Moose - Winnipeg Jets

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7. Mick E. Moose - Winnipeg Jets

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After spending 15 seasons with the Manitoba Moose in the IHL and AHL, Mick E. was called up in 2011 to be the official mascot of the Jets. Like most of the other mascots, Mick E. spends his off ice time appearing at community events.

6. S.J. Sharkie - San Jose Sharks

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6. S.J. Sharkie - San Jose Sharks

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Since 1992, Sharkie has been everyone's favorite anthropomorphic shark. He has even won Cartoon Network's Most Awesome Mascot Award. Aside from Sharkie's undeniable awesomeness, he is best known for a pregame incident where an attempt to rappel from the rafters went south. The incident delayed the start of the game by 20 minutes and was later featured on the "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" followed by an interview by Sharkie.

5. Iceburgh - Pittsburgh Penguins

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5. Iceburgh - Pittsburgh Penguins

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Iceburgh was introduced in 1992 and has been a fan favorite ever since. If Iceburgh isn't leading cheers at Consol Energy Center, he can be found somewhere in the Pittsburgh community lending a helping hand. Aside from being one of the most loveable mascots in the NHL, Iceburgh is also a movie star. Yes, you read that correctly. Iceburgh was featured in the film "Sudden Death" as "Icey" where Icey fights Jean Claude Van Damme. How cool is that?!

4. Wild Wing - Anaheim Ducks

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4. Wild Wing - Anaheim Ducks

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Undoubtedly, Wild Wing is a wild one. Wild Wing can be found repelling from rafters at the Honda Center before the start of home games. The daredevil has even attempted to jump through a wall of fire but ended up tripping into the blaze.

3. Bailey - Los Angeles Kings

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3. Bailey - Los Angeles Kings

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Bailey is easily one of the coolest mascots in the league. Bailey, who dubs himself "the world's sassiest lion" on his Twitter account, knows how to get a crowd going. Aside from spending most of his time at the Staples Center, Bailey can be found at community events and even dipping into other sports pools such as basketball and golf. There is never a dull moment with Bailey around.

2. Youppi! - Montreal Canadiens

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2. Youppi! - Montreal Canadiens

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Youppi! (French for "yippee!"), is one of the more interesting and unique mascots in the league. Youppi! was created by Bonnie Erickson, who worked for legendary puppeteer Jim Henson. Youppi! was originally the mascot for MLB team the Montreal Expos until they moved to Washington D.C. in 2005. Shortly after the relocation, Youppi! was crowned the Montreal Canadiens' first-ever mascot.

1. Harvey the Hound - Calgary Flames

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1. Harvey the Hound - Calgary Flames

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In 1983, Harvey was introduced not only as the Flames' mascot, but the first-ever mascot in the NHL. Harvey's entertaining presence has become a staple at Flames home games, but Harvey has been known to get himself into trouble. In 2003, after taunting the Edmonton Oilers bench, coach Craig MacTavish ripped Harvey's tongue out in frustration. It was a humorous incident that no one will ever forget.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandabukowski, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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