Youppi!, the Montreal Canadiens’ official mascot, has change into the primary character from a Canadian-based membership to be inducted into The Mascot Corridor of Fame.
In a digital ceremony on Sunday, the furry orange character synonymous with the NHL membership and the defunct Montreal Expos baseball franchise was formally inducted into the Corridor.
Youppi! is the primary two-sport mascot to affix the Corridor. The mascot joined the Habs in 2005, one 12 months after the Expos left city.
With the Expos from 1979 till they had been bought in 2004, Youppi! notably holds the excellence of being the primary mascot to be tossed from a Main League Baseball sport on Aug. 23, 1989.
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Along with Youppi!, the Baltimore Orioles’ The Oriole Chook, Boomer of the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts’ Blue had been introduced final December, when the Corridor unveiled its 2020 inductees.
The 4 received admission after a prolonged voting course of final October that included two rounds of voting with the general public, Corridor members and its government committee participating.
The Mascot Corridor of Fame, in Whiting, Ind., is also an interactive youngsters’s museum. It has been closed since mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.