10 Mascot Ideas Rejected by the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have a new mascot. Behold, Hunter the, uh… Bobcat?
Lynx?
Uhhh… wildcat?
Yeah, Wildcat. We’ll go with that.*


(Thank you for this visual, NBC Sports )

Well as you can imagine, this was not the first mascot idea that they considered. They actually had ten other ideas which they rejected. We the embedded reporters of BobbyToBergy got an exclusive look at these runner-up ideas, and are proud to share them with you today.

*I’m pretty sure that ‘Wildcat’ didn’t even occur to the Oilers in spite of the obvious oil-drilling reference. They actually went to the local zoo and asked “What the hell lives around here?” So he’s a Lynx.

You might not remember their last mascot, ‘Dumpy’,

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Dumpy really captured the essence of the 2009-2015 Oilers, but they were eager to reinvent themselves to go along with the latest regime change.


The 10 runner-up mascot suggestions were:

#10: Thumper, the Oil Drum

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Rump-pa pum-pum
Thumper looked good initially, but the legal team decided that whacking himself in the head would bring unwelcome attention to the looming concussion litigation in the NHL.


#9: Truculence, the Oil Truck

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“Truculence” had an extended tryout, but was just too clumsy.
You might have caught sight of him last season working as a defensive coach for the Oilers.
FailTruck
He tried to reinvent himself, but it just didn’t work out.


#8: Oiled Up!, the Party Animal

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“Oiled Up!” was really fun, but it was thought that she would be a bad influence concerning responsible alcohol consumption. So alas, it was a no-go for her.


#7: Valdez the Oil Duck

Great concept! But since the Anaheim hockey club is called “The Ducks”, there was some concern that Valdez would run into some sort of trademark infringement problem. They tried a re-spin of Valdez in the form of a cormorant (pictured above), but there was still sufficient concern, that the concept was dropped altogether.


#6: Baby Oil, the Fashion Model

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Rejected as not kid-friendly.
I’m kinda sad about that one.


#5: Slick, the Oiled-up Body Builder

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AAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!! Ctrl-Alt Un-see! Ctrl-Alt Un-see!
He also created unforeseen problems for those who he walked in front of around the arena.
Whoops.


#4: Derek the Wacky Oil Worker

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Derek seemed like a good idea at first, but in the end he was just too annoying.


#3: Greasy the Robot

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Greasy seemed like a good candidate: He tested well with both children and adults. He didn’t offend social conservatives. He didn’t leave a dangerous oily trail behind him.

However, it all fell off the rails when his unseemly hobbies came to light.
Stabby the stabinator
Apparently he listed “KILL ALL HUMANS” as a personal goal on his resume’, but no one noticed until after they started checking his references.
'Burn it all down!'


#2: Bernie the Rig Fire

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The Fire Marshal nixed this idea pretty quickly without any further comment.



#1: Freaky the Clown

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Freaky almost made it as the next mascot. All kids love clowns, right?
Clowning aroung
It really was a toss-up between Freaky and Hunter, but in the end, the Oilers decided that they wanted to go with something a little more ‘edgy’ than a clown.

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phonymahoney
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I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I was enamored with Baby Oil, but their previous mascot Dumpster Fire will be back before the season is over. Great article, thanks for this.

Satan81
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It gets creepier:

Satan 81's Sister
Editor

So I’m going to have clown nightmares tonight.

Miss Muse
Editor

Oh my god, this is too much first thing in the morning. grin

Maybe it’s my cat-obsessiveness, but I really don’t see anything freaky-scary about their mascot? Thumper also would have been a good choice. wink

How y’all doing? Cat woke me up at 4; I’m gonna need a lot of coffee today!

And the first game of the WCH Final starts today. This should be interesting!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Dumpy and Truculence had a thing together didn’t they…just look at that..there is no way this isn’t his child.

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The London Bear
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That garbage truck gif made me spit my coffee X-D

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