|NHL Affiliate: Colorado Avalanche|
Weight: 250 lbs.
Favorite team: Colorado Avalanche
Super skills: His long reach, good hands, speed and strength make him a threat from anywhere on the ice - he is especially dangerous in front of the net, where he is virtually immovable
Little known fact: Was a star minor league goaltender, but was converted to forward. His team couldn't find a mask big enough to fit his head
Rival: Wild Wing and S.J. Sharkie
On October 1, 1997 the Colorado Avalanche introduced a new member of their team to the National Hockey League, Howler.
Howler is a seven-foot, 250-pound mascot who is responsible for getting the home team riled up during Colorado's NHL contests at the Pepsi Center. A big hit with children and adults alike, this personable bigfoot has already made a strong impact with the fans. Howler performs a number of duties as team mascot.
Not only does he have a presence at Avalanche home games, he has also taken a very active role in the community - visiting kids at schools and hospitals and making appearances at retail outlets and various community events. From birthday parties to corporate outings, Howler will make every event not only fun, but also memorable.
Howler's name comes from actual sightings of a creature roaming in Colorado's Gore Mountain Range, which was called "Howler" due to its ability to emit loud yowlings not unlike a wolf. Howler is said to have been completely covered in hair, with wide shoulders and exceptionally long arms and possesses unbelievable speed and strength.
Even though he is known for his offensive skills, Howler still dons the pads every once in a while for kicks. If you think you've got what it takes to beat him in goal, give it a shot on his computer game on the web, Shots on Howler, at the official Colorado Avalanche web site. You'll be amazed how nimble and solid this seven-foot mammoth is on his skates and will find that you'll have about a snowball's chance in hell in getting the biscuit in the basket.
Howler had the honor of being mascot host at last year's NHL All-Star Game, which was held at the Pepsi Center in Denver, home to his Colorado Avalanche. The hairy mascot battled with all his rivals, especially Wild Wing and S.J. Sharkie, his West Coast competitors - during the mascots' superskills competition.