The team won’t be the only ones debuting on the ice tonight at brand-new Rogers Place – the Edmonton Oilers have a new mascot: “Hunter” the Canadian lynx.
Official word from the team is “The mascot is named Hunter as a tribute to “Wild Bill” Hunter, the original owner of the Edmonton Oilers who founded the team in 1972. As such, Hunter will also don #72 on his Oilers jersey. Working with the Edmonton Valley Zoo, the Canadian Lynx was identified through research and was ultimately chosen due to its heritage in Oil Country. There are more Canadian Lynx in Alberta than anywhere else in the world. Sightings are rare due to their reclusive nature.”
Hunter was the pick of five mascots that were voted on by students from four Edmonton schools.