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ICEBURGH

Iceburgh
NHL Affiliate: Pittsburgh Penguins
Height: 6-4
Weight: 220 lbs.
Favorite team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Super skills: Has a wicked backhand along with an awesome array of kickboxing maneuvers

Little known fact: Starred alongside Jean Claude Van Damme, in the motion picture Sudden Death; loves Baked Alaska

Rival: S.J. Sharkie, ThunderBug and Slapshot

Iceburgh made his NHL mascot debut in the 1992 season and has been going strong ever since. Although he has a cold-as-ice demeanor towards his NHL mascot rivals, he is known and loved in the city of Pittsburgh by all Penguin fans.

Besides being an official NHL mascot, Iceburgh also doubles as a movie star. The talented Penguin made his onscreen debut in 1995 alongside Jean Claude Van Damme in the major motion picture, Sudden Death.

In the flick, Van Damme played Darren McCord, a fire marshal with a tragic past, who takes his two children to the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals. The martial artist finds out soon enough that he will not only have to deal with protecting the Vice President from terrorists, but also he will have to go one-on-one against a very tough NHL mascot.

The action is fast and furious and of course, Van Damme must try to save the day. Although Iceburgh, a huge WWF fan, lands a couple of Stone Cold Stunners on the Muscles from Brussels, he eventually loses out to the screen star in the end.

Although Van Damme got the best of Iceburgh in that flick, the Pittsburgh mascot chalks it up to taking one on the chin for the team, as he was just trying to get the Penguins some worldwide exposure. He swears, through an interpreter of course, that he took it easy that day on Jean Claude as he felt sorry for the struggling actor who was trying to make a name for himself.

Another interesting sidebar to that memorable battle, is that Van Damme and ThunderBug, the Tampa Bay Lightning mascot, are close friends and supposedly things got hot and heavy on the set between him and Iceburgh during the movie's filming. The two had to be separated several times and sent to their trailers to cool off when they continued to throw down after the director yelled "Cut!"

Iceburgh also has been known to have a dislike for Pittsburgh's Eastern Conference rivals, the Washington Capitals, their fans and their mascot, Slapshot. Check out the Penguin mascot in action here, giving a Caps' fan the boot.


 



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