June 4th, 2001: Vancouver unveils their new mascot at Canuck Place: an orca whale, later named Fin through a contest.
Aww, Fin boy. He gave an interview on his birthday to NHL.com where we learned his "favorite book is Moby Dick, favorite movies are Orca and Free Willy and his favorite food is B.C. salmon." Calm down Mike...he's there for the kids...
But, hey, as far as mascots go, he's not the worst (I'd vote the Islanders train wreck as numero uno in that list).
So to celebrate Fin's birthday, let's enjoy some of his finer moments:
Threatening school children (via farm1.static.flickr.com)
Scaring Markus Naslund straight back into childhood (via farm1.static.flickr.com)
Stealing Ronald McDonald's oversized, giant checks (via farm3.static.flickr.com)
Confusing the hell out of newborns (via farm1.static.flickr.com)
Wife stealing (via audrasphotography.files.wordpress.com)
Blogger eating (via farm4.static.flickr.com)
Tempting hepatitis C (via cache.daylife.com)
Here's hoping someone with a video camera and a sense of humor rents you soon.