Let’s be honest. Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers’ orange, furry, dead-behind-the-eyes mascot, has already stolen the show at the All-Star Game and it hasn’t even happened yet. Sorry, Auston Matthews. No one cares about your sock-less wardrobe on the red carpet.
In wrestling terminology, Gritty has given any player or mascot who has taken a photo with him the rub. The brotherly-loving furball has 217k Twitter followers, more than almost every NHL All-Star.
What wackiness has Gritty been up to so far? I’m glad you asked. It’s a very long list.
First, I need you to see what Gritty packed for All-Star Weekend.
Packing for my big All Star trip, tryna keep it to the essentials. Am I missing anything? pic.twitter.com/BolkKa6X8l
— Gritty (@GrittyNHL) January 22, 2019
I’m concerned about what’s bad about the bad pair of underwear.
Gritty documented his arrival at FanFest. The crowd went wild, especially after his split.
I’m sure Gritty’s shots broke the radar gun… because they were so off target they broke the radar gun.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) January 25, 2019
y hello thur, gritty
Gritty eventually hit the red carpet, which was not a good thing for most of the All-Stars – especially Claude Giroux.
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We’ll just leave this here kbye pic.twitter.com/uWTrMdRpuG
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) January 26, 2019
Gritty then tried to eat some Pasta.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 26, 2019
Oh no, Claude. Gritty’s back.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) January 26, 2019
Hello, judge. I’d like to file a restraining order on Gritty.
— Gritty (@GrittyNHL) January 26, 2019
Photos: Philadelphia Flyers
Once inside SAP Center, Gritty made sure to take a photo with his orange brother from another furry mother, Hunter, the ugliest lynx to ever lynx.
Gritty also took a class photo with all the other mascots. Yes, we zoomed.
Gritty did interviews.
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 26, 2019
And then (!) it was time for the All-Star Skills Competition. Gritty exhibited how to properly do a lap before the Fastest Skater Competition. He rode his stick like a horse and fell over at center ice.
Gritty, never change. You give all of us life.
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