Canucks mascot Fin stars in new Scotiabank commercials; other, lesser mascots also appear

If you’ve been watching the start of the NHL season, you’ve surely seen at least one of the new Scotiabank commercials starring a cadre of NHL mascots. There are nine such commercials on Scotiabank’s YouTube channel and they’re all pretty good. It should come as no surprise, however, that the best ones feature the best mascot in the NHL: Fin.

Fin is a fantastic mascot, managing to simultaneously be friendly and approachable for kids, while also a little terrifying, such as when he bites those same kids’ heads off. Overall, Fin is a well-designed mascot with a lot of versatility, since he doesn’t have a giant, bulky head limiting his movement options.

He also has a surprisingly expressive face, considering it’s stuck in one expression and can’t move. That one expression, though, is a good one that works for almost any situation. That giant smile could indicate unbridled enthusiasm or it could be a mischievous grin. In the right context, there’s even a hint of sarcasm. You can see Fin put that expression to good use in the three commercials that he appears in for Scotiabank’s new campaign.

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Spitballin’ on Bure’s induction, Sundin’s regret, and naked Kesler on a sweater

Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few quick topics.

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Manny Malhotra, Jason Garrison join You Can Play at Vancouver Pride parade

The Canucks have had a very conservative 2012, and I don’t mean in terms of their transaction history. Between Passion Vancouver praying over Daniel Sedin’s helmet, David Booth bringing that blueberry-hogging bear to justice, and Mark Donnelly singing at the launch of the New Abortion Caravan, the team has been aligned with some very right-wing ideals over the last few months.

Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with any of these ideals (and frankly, praying shouldn’t be considered right-wing, although it is, thanks to bad politics). But they’re often associated, fairly or unfairly, with some uninclusive ways of thinking, and the Canucks organization has always strived to be as inclusive and embracing of the community as possible.

The presence of Manny Malhotra, Jason Garrison, and mascot Fin alongside the Vancouver Cutting Edge and You Can Play at Vancouver’s 34th annual Pride Parade was a great way to remind people of this.

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