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Youppi! celebrates 40th birthday at the Bell Centre

Ain't no party like a mascot party

by Steven Nechay @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL -- Forty years young and not a single grey hair.

That's reason enough to celebrate, and so Youppi! did on Saturday night with the help of some pals.

NHL mascots Bernie the St. Bernard, Blades the Bruin, Gnash, Spartacat, and Stanley C. Panther -- as well as Laval Rocket mascot Cosmo -- were all on hand to fête the NHL's newest active quadragenarian on Saturday, behind just Matt Cullen and Zdeno Chara.

Even former NL East rival Mr. Met made an appearance in a nod to Youppi!'s past -- the Habs mascot of course debuted with the MLB's Montreal Expos in 1979 and represented the team until the franchise relocated to Washington in 2004.

Video: Looking back: Youppi! turns 40

Plus many more mascots from across North America sent along special video messages for their 40-year-old counterpart.

Talk about friendship goals.

Video: Mascots send Youppi! birthday wishes

Youppi! meanwhile proved that age is just a number by taking part in an epic dance-off at center ice during the game's first intermission.

Video: COL@MTL: Mascots dance-off for Youppi!'s birthday

And naturally, no midlife celebration would be complete without a hot new whip -- it's not a red convertible, but it's close.

Video: COL@MTL: Youppi! receives an ATV for his birthday

Check out a full recap of Youppi!'s birthday bash below.

Video: COL@MTL: Youppi! has a birthday party for his 40th

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