Gritty voted best mascot by NHL players

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania -- Gritty is not just popular among hockey fans, he is a big hit with hockey players, too!

More than 500 players took part in the 2018-2019 NHL Players Association Player Poll and voted Gritty the Best NHL Team Mascot.

They were asked more than 20 hockey-related questions.

The NHLPA says it was a landslide victory when it came to the best mascot inquiry.

Gritty came in with 69.4 percent of the votes. Carlton the Bear of the Toronto Maple Leafs was a distant second with 2.7 percent.

Gritty, of course, had something to say about all this - in poem form:

"Roses are red,

The rumors are true,


I'm better than yous."

The orange, furry creature first emerged from his secret hideout in the Wells Fargo Center last fall and took the hockey world - and the entire world - by storm.

As the NHLPA put it, "Congratulations, rookie!"