“Al the Ice Gorilla” is on thin ice with the Syracuse Crunch

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So we were reading this story about the Syracuse Crunch declining to renew their AHL affiliate agreement with the Anaheim Ducks, and it was all very boring until we came to this part:

Regardless of whom the Crunch partners with next season, the team will likely have an entirely new look. [Owner Howard] Dolgon said plans are in the works to revamp the team’s jerseys, colors and perhaps even replace mascot Al the Ice Gorilla.

This got us curious – why would the Crunch want to replace their mascot? And then we found out. It’s because Al the Ice Gorilla looks like this:

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Can only imagine the brainstorming that went into the creation of Al the Ice Gorilla.

“We need a mascot to entertain the kids.”

“Hmmm…what about a gorilla?”

“A friendly gorilla?”

“No, a psychotic gorilla.”

“Done.”