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NHL to host second annual 'Mascot Showdown'

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

NASHVILLE, TN -- The National Hockey League will host the second annual NHL Mascot Showdown™ featuring all 26 NHL Mascots™ during the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star festivities in Nashville, Jan. 28-31. Thirteen Western Conference Mascots, led by the Nashville's own Gnash™, will face 13 Eastern Conference Mascots, led by Columbus Blue Jackets' Stinger™, in four days of friendly but fierce competition, including an all-mascot NHL All-Star Game prior to the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ at Bridgestone Arena.

The NHL Mascot Showdown™ is one of the most anticipated events at 2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone inside Music City Center. All 26 NHL Mascots™ (not every NHL team has its own mascot) will showcase their hockey skills and athletic prowess, offering family-friendly fun for fans of all ages. NHL in-arena host Mike Todd will handle play-by-play duties for each event. Select young fans in attendance will be able to take part in the warm up and stretching session prior to each planned event.

"Last year's inaugural NHL Mascot Showdown was an amazing success, offering something new and entertaining for fans of every age and we are thrilled to expand the involvement of our NHL Mascots this year in Nashville," said Dave McCarthy, NHL Vice President of Consumer Products Marketing. "NHL All-Star is a true celebration of hockey and our NHL Mascots are terrific ambassadors for their teams and the sport. They can't wait to join in the fun and get on the ice, just like the NHL pros that they'll be cheering on in Nashville."

Below is a schedule of NHL Mascot Showdown events and competitions (all times Central):

Thursday, Jan. 28

6 p.m. NHL Mascot Introductions & warm-up session, followed by Musical Chairs & Bowling

2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone at Music City Center

Friday, Jan. 29:

6 p.m. 3-Legged Race, Wheel Barrow, Leap Frog, Balloon Relay and Tug of War

2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone at Music City Center

Saturday, Jan. 30:

2 p.m. Broomball and Dodgeball matches

2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone at Music City Center

4:30 p.m. Prior to the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™, the NHL Mascots™ will face-off in two 8-minute periods of their own NHL® All-Star Game, live streamed on NHL.com

Bridgestone Arena

Sunday, Jan. 31:

1 p.m. Dance Competition, the winner of which will be determined by audience applause, followed by the presentation of the NHL Mascot Showdown Trophy to the Captain of the winning team and the Most Valuable Mascot award.

2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone at Music City Center

The NHL Mascot Showdown™ teams will feature:

Sabretooth™ from the Buffalo Sabres

Sparky™ from the New York Islanders

ThunderBug™ from the Tampa Bay Lightning

Iceburgh™ from the Pittsburgh Penguins

Slapshot™ from the Washington Capitals

Carlton™ from the Toronto Maple Leafs

SpartaCat™ from the Ottawa Senators

Blades™ from the Boston Bruins

NJ Devil™ from the New Jersey Devils

Stormy from the Carolina Hurricanes

Stanley C. Panther™ from the Florida Panthers

Youppi™ from the Montreal Canadiens

Stinger™ from the Columbus Blue Jackets (Captain)

Wild Wing™ from the Anaheim Ducks

Bernie™ from the Colorado Avalanche

Louie™ from the St. Louis Blues

Harvey the Hound™ from the Calgary Flames

Nordy™ from the Minnesota Wild

Fin™ from the Vancouver Canucks

Tommy Hawk™ from the Chicago Blackhawks

Victor E. Green™ from the Dallas Stars

Howler™ from the Arizona Coyotes

S.J. Sharkie™ from the San Jose Sharks

Moose™ from the Winnipeg Jets

Bailey™ from the Los Angeles Kings

Gnash™ from the Nashville Predators (Captain)

NHL Mascot Clubhouse inside NHL Fan Fair ™ presented by Bridgestone

Fans will be able to meet their favorite mascots for photos and autographs at the NHL Mascot Clubhouse inside NHL Fan Fair™. The Clubhouse will serve as the central location for all mascot appearances and exclusive merchandise from the NHL Mascot collection, including mini-sticks, pucks, pennants, hats, t-shirts, cozy fleece blankets, pillow pets, and children's books.

Hockey fans can follow all of the live action from the NHL Mascot Showdown™ on Snapchat and Twitter and access a handy list of NHL Mascot Twitter handles. The NHL's Facebook page will include an album with photos, bios and Twitter handles for each NHL Mascot. To join the conversation, fans should use the official hashtags #NHLAllStar or #NHLFanFair.

NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone Ticket Information

Tickets to 2016 NHL Fan Fair™, which will host the NHL Mascot Showdown™ competition beginning Jan. 28, can be purchased online at NHL.com/FanFair or at the Music City Center box office during published event hours. Tickets are $20 for adults (aged 12 and up) and $15 for children between the ages of 3 and 12, seniors 65 and older, and college students and military personnel with valid ID. Children under the age of 3 will be admitted for free. All attractions are included with the price of admission. For more information, visit NHL.com/FanFair.

2016 NHL Fan Fair™ presented by Bridgestone Public Hours of Operation:

Thursday, Jan. 28 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 29 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 30 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 31 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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