|NHL Affiliate: Washington Capitals|
Weight: 190 lb.
Favorite team: Washington Capitals
Super skills: Swooping down into the crowds and cheering his team to victory
Little known fact: Slapshot's dad, Sam was hired to pose as the American eagle on the great Presidential seal - Sam also starred as the news anchor on the popular '70s TV program, "The Muppet Show."
Rival: Iceburgh and Stanley C. Panther
Many fans wonder how Slapshot came to be the Washington Capitals' official mascot. Well, it all started long ago in a far away place called Hollywood where two birds, Sam the Eagle and Betty Bird, met and fell in love.
They got married and together produced a beautiful egg which was unusually large in size. Before the egg could hatch, Sam was called to Washington, D.C. for an important government job interview. While they were en route to Ronald Reagan National Airport, the two lovebirds' luggage was mishandled and their precious egg was almost squashed.
Fortunately, it was a tough egg and managed not to break. This was incredibly egg-citing for Sam and Betty, as their prized egg was ok even though it was now flatter and more closely resembled a hockey puck!
From the airport, Sam and Betty rushed over to the veterinarian's office, who suggested putting the egg on ice to keep it cool and prevent it from hatching too soon. It was early November and while it was certainly brisk outside, there was no snow or ice to be found! Thinking quickly, they decided to fly to the Capital Center and rest their egg at center ice for safekeeping. Sam and Betty waited patiently for weeks and finally, on November 17, 1995, the egg began to hatch!
The Capitals were scheduled to play a game that night, but for the egg's sake, the team agreed to wait patiently until the bird broke out of its shell. And then, it happened. Out of the egg, a six-foot, 190-pound eaglet emerged to hear a loud cheer from the crowd. His parents were so proud they decided to name him Slapshot in honor of the great game that's played on ice. From that night on, the Washington Capitals then took Slapshot under their wings and gave him an egg-zecutive position as their official mascot.
Our favorite eagle now lives in his nest on top of the MCI Center, and during home games, he swoops down into the crowd surprising young and old Cap fans alike. The lovable bird loves entertaining the fans and leading them in victory cheers over the opposition, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Florida Panthers, the teams of his biggest rivals, Iceburgh and Stanley C. Panther.
For more egg-credible stories about the Washington Capitals' high-flying mascot, go to the Washington Capitals website, where you'll find Slapshot starring in adventures like James Bond, Rocky, Blair Witch and Pokemon.