24. Bernie (Colorado Avalanche)
According to NHL.com, Bernie the St. Bernard was one of five little puppies that were born on Oct. 3, 2009. At the age of 63 in human years, Bernie is entering the back nine of his life. When he was a puppy, he loved playing in the snow. Bernie would play with his family and then end up by himself on the local hockey rink. He knew right there that he was destined to become the Colorado Avalanche’s official mascot.
If Bernie was a different breed of a dog, he might be higher on the list. Animal Planet describes a St. Bernard as a “gentle giant.” If you find yourself in a bar fight, you would prefer to call a German Shepard or a Rottweiler.
The big dog from Denver would be a great mascot to have your back if cooler heads would prevail. It’s highly unlikely this would occur when the beer is flowing. Bernie would be a better pet than he would be a fighter. It’s not his fault. It was the cards he was dealt.
Bernie the St. Bernard is a very loyal dog. He must be very loyal, because the Avalanche have only made the playoffs twice since he was born. Coaches, general managers and players have come and gone, but good ole’ Bernie remains in Colorado.