Dancing, mask-wearing Gritty thanks Kevin Hayes for the support so he could attend Flyers’ season opener
Over the offseason, it was unclear if the NHL would allow mascots to be at games during the 2020-21 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mascots aren’t exactly essential (sorry, Slapshot) and with fans unlikely to be at most games, their presence seemed like an unnecessary risk with marginal benefit.
But the mascots fought back! After noticing he was left off Gary Bettman’s initial list, Flyers’ mascot Gritty raised a stink online and started a petition to be allowed at games this year.
The ploy purportedly worked after Gritty got help from Flyers’ forward Kevin Hayes.