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Fin's Turning Seven!

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
 Another season is complete, and as much as everyone would love to have hockey being played at GM Place this time of year, for most teams it is the off-season and time to relax and enjoy the other things in life besides hockey.

Most of the players have left for their summer getaways but that is not the case for the team mascot, FIN. The Killer Whale is about to celebrate his seventh birthday and the completion of his seventh season with BC’s hockey team.

As tradition goes, FIN will celebrate his birthday where he was first introduced to the community and the team, Canuck Place. The hospice has a special place in FIN’s big heart, where he has made numerous visits with the children and their families.

FIN’s career highlights:

June 4, 2001 - FIN introduced to Vancouver Canuck fans at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

April 22, 2003 - FIN experiences his first Vancouver Canucks playoff round victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 fashion

February 2004 - FIN bungee jumps five consecutive times while filming a skit appropriately titled FIN Diesel

September 2005 - FIN’s Friends Character Education Program launches – The program emphasizes character education by teaching virtues of social responsibility, such as kindness, compassion, and fairness. The program has expanded from Kindergarten to Grade 3 and French Immersion

April 11, 2007 - Canucks vs Dallas Stars with a Canucks win in five overtimes. FIN was doing big time overtime cheering and was rumored to have lost more weight than a whale ever should.

April 23, 2007 - Canucks vs Dallas – Game 7 – The building was electric and FIN was having a whale of a time.

January 3, 2008 (“The Kiss”) - Canucks vs New York Rangers – During a break in play the Kiss Cam looks for potential kiss candidates and spots FIN sitting beside actress and BC native Pam Anderson who applies a wet one on the whale. The photo made many gossip magazines and even the Jay Leno Show.

Find out more about FIN and where he's hanging out this summer.
FIN left his first home in the Georgia Straight when the Vancouver Canucks invited him to be the official mascot on June 4th, 2001 (his birthday).

FIN is present at every Canucks home game to cheer on his team and entertain the fans at GM Place but this is only a portion of FIN’s duties with the team.

FIN makes numerous community appearances supporting the Canucks charities, namely Canucks For Kids Fund, which dedicates its resources to children’s health and wellness, education, and grassroots hockey development. In fact, the games make up only 25% of appearances made by FIN.

On average FIN will make between 150-200 appearances a year.

These not only include games and community events, but also sponsor’s events and private appearances like birthday parties and weddings! FIN has attended over 25 weddings (but has never been a bridesmaid)!

FIN is particularly busy during the off-season and takes part in community festivals and special days throughout the Lower Mainland and beyond.

FIN has traveled all over North America, including every NHL All-Star Game since joining the team and makes an annual trip to Orlando in July to participate in the Celebrity Mascot Games.

Mascots from the four major sports and NCAA engage in team competitions participate in a three-day event to raise money for a charity called New Hope For Kid.

Last year, FIN served as team captain and will return this year to represent the Canucks for the sixth time.

FIN has also made appearances in New York, where the Islanders have a Mascot Day and bring in NHL mascots to entertain at a game. The event gives FIN a day of fun and mascot bonding that was unforgettable.

Fin represents all that is great about the Canucks, their great fans, and the West Coast.

Orcas actually do reflect Canuck fans:

Orca, The Killer Whale – Intelligent, versatile, opportunistic, and efficient hunters, who also like to have fun. Orcas live in close-knit family pods, with strong bonds, that last for life, the most stable of any animal species. Sounds like “We Are All Canucks”.
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