MONTREAL - Youppi! was named an inductee into the Mascot Hall of Fame on Wednesday. He will be formally inducted in June 2020.
One of 19 mascots considered for induction this year by the organization's Executive Committee, Youppi! ultimately earned his rightful place among the world's top mascots for his 40 years of service.
Formerly the Expos' mascot beginning in 1979, Youppi! didn't relocate with the franchise to Washington, DC following the 2004 campaign.
Instead, Youppi! remained on home turf and joined the NHL ranks.
On September 16, 2005, Youppi! became the first mascot to work in two separate professional sports leagues as well as the first official mascot of the Canadiens in their 96 years of existence.
Video: Youppi! takes public transit to the Bell Centre
He worked the first hockey game of his career on October 18, 2005, and has been entertaining fans at the Bell Centre and across Montreal with his jovial personality ever since.
In addition to being the only mascot to perform in both MLB and the NHL, Youppi! is also the only mascot ever to be ejected from an MLB game.
The Mascot Hall of Fame is based in Whiting, Indiana.