Vancouver Canucks standout mascot Fin the Whale of the NHL will be participating once again in the annual Mascot Games, presented by Wawa and benefiting New Hope for Kids, on June 23-24 at the Amway Center in Orlando.
The Mascot Games features approximately 30 mascots from college and pro sports teams across North America, competing in a variety of games. The family-friendly event is a fun time for everyone, kids and adults.
Canada will be well represented again at the Mascot Games with Carlton of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs and Fin the Whale. Fin, who travels the farthest to Orlando, competes in his 14th Mascot Games.
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Last year, Florida Hospital for Children Blue Team, captained by Fin the Whale, won Day One. His team also featured Champ (NBA Dallas Mavericks); Lil Red (NCAA University of Nebraska); Sebastian the Ibis (NCAA University of Miami); Shades (ECHL Orlando Solar Bears); and Thunderbug (NHL Tampa Bay Lightning).
Mascots can not talk; so the interview with Fin the Whale was conducted via email.
Here we go.
JV: How have you been preparing for the Games?
FTW: GOING TO CHANGE IT UP THIS YEAR AND FOCUS MORE ON A BALANCE OF SALMON and KELP SHAKES ALONG WITH A YOGA ROUTINE. MY FAVORITE YOGA PRACTICE/POSITION IS ‘BREACHING WHALE.’
JV: Will you be swimming the long way to the Mascot Games?
FTW: SWINMING IS ALWAY AN OPTION. I DID CONSIDER HITCHHIKING BUT NOT REALLY SAFE, AND I AM NOT THE BEST CONVERSATIONALIST.
JV: Have you received any tips from Canucks’ players?
FTW: WORK HARD. FOCUS. BE A TEAM PLAYER.
JV: Favorite things to do in Orlando, away from the Games?
FTW: LOVE THE WATER - POOL, BEACH OR EVEN A THEME PARK. WAVE POOLS ARE COOL
JV: Mascot Games rival? Mascot Games ally?
FTW: ANY OF THE NHL TEAMS ARE ALWAYS A RIVAL. OF COURSE STUFF, THE HOST, IS A CHALLENGE AND ALWAYS BRINGS THE BEST OUT.
NOT TOO MANY ALLIES AS THE TEAMS ALWAYS CHANGE, BUT MASCOTS WEARING BLUE ARE ALWAYS OK WITH ME
JV: Favorite pro wrestlers (past and present)?
FTW: NOT REALLY INTO THE WRESTLING SCENE BUT GOING OLD SCHOOL. THE BRITISH BULLDOG DAVY BOY SMITH AND THE ROCK ARE ICONIC.
About the Mascot Games
The annual Mascot Games, presented by Wawa and benefiting New Hope for Kids, is 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 23 and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Amway Center in Orlando.
The Mascot Games features approximately 30 mascots from sports teams across North America, competing in a variety of games. The family-friendly event is a fun time for everyone, kids and adults.
More than 18,000 fans enjoy thrilling and fun competitions, as mascots from MLB, MLS, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, and ECHL battle through gladiator themed games to see who are the true champions of the mascot world.
This year’s line-up includes Stanley C. Panther (NHL Florida Panthers), Sebastian the Ibis (NCAA University of Miami), Fin the Whale (NHL Vancouver Canucks), Albert E. Gator and Alberta (NCAA University of Florida), Captain Fear (NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Carlton (NHL Toronto Maple Leafs), Champ (NBA Dallas Mavericks), Chomps (NFL Cleveland Browns), Coyote (NBA San Antonio Spurs), Franklin the Dog (NBA Philadelphia 76ers), Hugo (NBA Charlotte Hornets), Jaxson De Ville (NFL Jacksonville Jaguars), Kingston (MLS Orlando City Soccer), Knightro (NCAA University of Central Florida), Lil Red (NCAA University of Nebraska), Louie (NHL St. Louis Blues), NJ Devil (NHL New Jersey Devils), Rowdy (NFL Dallas Cowboys), Shades (ECHL Orlando Solar Bears), Sir CC (NBA Cleveland Cavaliers), ThunderBug (NHL Tampa Bay Lightning), Tommy Hawk (NHL Chicago Blackhawks), and mascot host Stuff the Magic Dragon (NBA Orlando Magic).
Last year, Florida Hospital for Children Blue Team won Day One. They were Champ (NBA Dallas Mavericks); Lil Red (NCAA University of Nebraska); Sebastian the Ibis (NCAA University of Miami); Shades (ECHL Orlando Solar Bears); Thunderbug (NHL Tampa Bay Lightning); and Team Captain Fin (NHL Vancouver Canucks).
Truly Nolen Yellow Team won Day Two last year. They were Franklin (NBA Philadelphia 76ers); Howler (NHL Arizona Coyotes); Knightro (NCAA University of Central Florida); Louie (NHL St. Louis Blues); Rowdy (NFL Dallas Cowboys); and Team Captain - Captain Fear (NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
All proceeds benefit: New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one and to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida.
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