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Utah Hockey must confiscate Howler the Yeti for its own nefarious purposes

It is quite ironic that the Colorado Avalanche’s current mascot, Bernie the St. Bernard, is described by the team as a “symbol of integrity, strength and loyalty,” as the Avs showed no loyalty to their first and superior Mascot, howler.

When the Avs moved out of Quebec and dropped the Nordiques name, they also left behind the Seuss mascot Badaboum. Instead, they brought out Howler the Yeti, who was a yeti, and literally imprinted him into their brand by using their alternate “Bigfoot” logo. However, Howler has not been seen since 2001.

While the Avalanche were competing for the Stanley Cup in 2022, KUSA in Denver investigated his disappearance. They came across a 1999 AP story about a scuffle between Howler and a 20-year-old opposing fan at an Avs game. Despite his reputation as “Colorado's friendliest Bigfoot,” the fan told KUSA that the mascot was participating in a practice called “bonking.” Their summary of events helped create a graphic that became an instant classic on local news:

Howler pushed back.

The AP also quoted the fan's father as saying that Howler “kicked her in the stomach.” Howler's trail goes cold after that, but he has remained something of a fringe meme on the hockey internet. He's gone, but not forgotten, and that's crucial because as the former Arizona Coyotes plot their way to a fresh start in Salt Lake City, at least one of their proposed team names screams the return of Howler.

The Blizzard are so similar to the Avalanche that I'm shocked they're in the running, but even more relevant is the possibility of a Utah Yeti playing in the NHL soon. There's no more obvious opportunity for the Howlers to make a comeback, and the rumors are already starting to grow. The combination of the Howler and the Utah Yeti is a disadvantage for many fans who prefer a more unique identity for the Beehive State. (Never mind that the Coyotes already had their own mascot named Howler, although he was – guess what – a coyote.) I have a counterproposal for these bitter speciesists.

Picture this: It's October 2024. The Utah Yeti are taking on the Colorado Avalanche in their first ever home game. All your favorites are there: Michael Carcone, Jack McBain, Lawson Crouse. The crowd goes wild at their introduction. But then a bang is projected onto the ice. Thundering bass rocks the building. The place goes dark and fills with smoke. Oh no! What's going on? A single spotlight cuts through the void. Standing in the middle of the ice is none other than Howler The Yeti, still alive after all these years and wearing the gear of his new favorite team.

Colorado won't know what's happening to them. Cale Makar will be an emotional wreck. It will be the Trojan War all over again. The animosity created by this defection will spark brawl after brawl – the kind of intense, bitter rivalry that hasn't been seen in the NHL since Howler roamed the Rockies and terrorized the Motor City. Instantly, the Mountain Time Zone will become the center of the hockey world. No one will be able to look away.

It's a foolproof plan. I just need one more thing: Can someone tell me where I can find Howler the Yeti?

Anna Harden

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