Since announcing their arrival in Worcester, the Sharks front office and their mascot, FINZ, have enjoyed a very warm welcome from the city and surrounding towns. Amid the final push towards Opening Night (Oct. 14), the hard working mascot has been busy shaking hands and kissing babies all over central Massachusetts.
July kicked off with what is a local institution – Worcester Summer Nationals. “Summah Nat’s” as it is called by the locals, is a three day Hot Rod Festival that shuts down many of the city streets and brings with it a very festive atmosphere. FINZ made his way up to Green Hill Park to greet the large crowds assembled to see the classic cars and of course, the burnout competitions.
FINZ was a big hit at the City of Worcester’s Independence Day celebration at East Park, and what a celebration it was! With an estimated crowd of over 60,000 people, Shrewsbury Street was hopping! It provided the perfect atmosphere to unveil the “SHARKS SPEED SHOOTOUT BOOTH”, fully equipped with radar gun and Sharks mannequin goalie.
FINZ has since been spotted at local festivals, sports camps and community events. He joined Worcester City Manager, Michael O’Brien for The Jesse Burkett Softball Rally at City Hall and Mayor Tim Murray for the street re-naming ceremony of the former Worcester Center Blvd to Major Taylor Blvd, home to the Sharks own DCU Center. The month wrapped up with a visit to the Corridor 9 Summer Sizzle Event, Dek Hockey in Leominster and The Chilifest at Mt. Wachusett. FINZ also participated in his first ever mascot lacrosse game during intermission at a Boston Cannons game. Fortunately, it looks like hockey will remain his number one sport!