It all started when I was a young lynx, growing up in the beautiful Edmonton River Valley… 18,000 acres of beautiful urban parkland that I love dearly and am extremely proud of!
Like my lynx family and friends, I only come out at night to hunt, and on one of those nights I actually came across a bunch of kids playing hockey on an outdoor rink. One look at the game and I was hooked. The speed, the skill, the fun! I began climbing up the banks of the River Valley every night during the winter, catching shinny games with everyone wearing their Edmonton Oilers jerseys, both old and new! It didn't take me long to become a hard core Oilers fan.
During the winter of 2013 I heard many shinny players talking about a new, world-class building that my beloved Oilers were going to play in. I was ecstatic, and knew right then and there that this was my chance to get in on the action.
On the night before the first shovel hit the ground, I packed up my stuff and made my way to 104 Ave and 104 Street, where I built a secret den under the construction site, watching and waiting for this magnificent building to be completed.
Just as the finishing touches were being made to the building, I revealed myself to the Oilers. After their initial shock of a lynx living in a secret den below Rogers Place, they quickly realized how HUGE a fan I was, and how committed I was to the team.
They asked me to be their mascot, naming me HUNTER. It's a tribute to "Wild Bill" Hunter, the original owner of the Edmonton Oilers.
As the Oilers mascot, I can't wait to get out in the community and help out wherever I can - hospital visits, charitable functions, events & festivals… I'll be at all of them. You'll also see me at games, doing everything I can to cheer on my beloved Oilers to victory.
And a watch-out to our opponents: I've got a fierce snarl, I'm known to be a prankster, and I'll do anything I can to give our team an edge!
So that's who I am. Be sure to introduce yourself when we cross paths. Although I don't say much - or anything for that matter - I always enjoy high fives and hugs from fellow fans.