Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Famous Montrealer: Youppi

Who: Youppi
Occupation: Team mascot (formerly Montreal Expos, now Montreal Canadiens)

Created in 1979, Youppi became the official mascot of the Montreal Expos. I was surprised to learn that he was not the original mascot of the baseball team. That character was Souki, who looked incredibly like Mr. Met.

When the Expos left Canada and became the Washington Nationals, Youppi remained in Montreal. He became the first and only mascot to switch from a Major League Baseball team to a team in the National Hockey League. Today, he is the first and official mascot of the Montreal Canadiens.

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