There really isn't anything I can add to embellish this photo of the Capitals first mascot - allegedly an eagle - named "Winger," who looked like the unfortunate cousin Big Bird wouldn't speak about.
We'll never know what Craig Berube was thinking as he's coming off the ice, under Winger's googly-eyed gaze. Maybe it's better that way.
After Winger was euthanized, the team's current mascot arrived.
Named Slapshot, he was "hatched" from inside an egg right on the rink during a 1995 game.
While an aesthetic improvement, it was a difficult birth.
"Inside the egg was pretty hot. And upon exiting it, the person inside the costume got dizzy and fell to the ice." St. Petersburg Times