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“Al the Ice Gorilla” is on thin ice with the Syracuse Crunch

Feb 29, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

So we were reading this story about the Syracuse Crunch declining to renew their AHL affiliate agreement with the Anaheim Ducks, and it was all very boring until we came to this part:

Regardless of whom the Crunch partners with next season, the team will likely have an entirely new look. [Owner Howard] Dolgon said plans are in the works to revamp the team’s jerseys, colors and perhaps even replace mascot Al the Ice Gorilla.

This got us curious – why would the Crunch want to replace their mascot? And then we found out. It’s because Al the Ice Gorilla looks like this:


Can only imagine the brainstorming that went into the creation of Al the Ice Gorilla.

“We need a mascot to entertain the kids.”

“Hmmm…what about a gorilla?”

“A friendly gorilla?”

“No, a psychotic gorilla.”


  1. vshehane - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    That is the funniest thing I have ever seen.

  2. interiorfan - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Hilarious……Strangely, this reminds me of something I might have read on The Kurtenblog.

  3. mydadyourmom - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    He’s also albino.

  4. chaseutley - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Hilarious. Of all the looks they could have settled on for their made-up, mythical creature, this was the best. Kind of makes you wish you could see the renderings for the mascots that lost out to this refugee from the island of misfit mascots.

    That said, I am foregoing the obvious (if you know your South Park) reference to ‘Sexual Harassment Panda’, and moving directly toward a grass roots campaign to rename the team the ‘Syracuse Manbear Pigs.’

    I, for one, would buy the jersey of said team tomorrow.

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:48 AM


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