The Edmonton Oilers mascot, Hunter, is getting big laughs from the Alberta legislature

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Hunter, the Edmonton Oilers mascot, was introduced as a special guest at the Alberta Legislature on Thursday.

“Hunter the lynx took some time away from a fishing trip in BC to come back and celebrate the Edmonton Oilers,” said speaker Nathan Cooper.

“We are very excited about the playoff run they are on. And for the Calgary members who aren’t familiar with what that is, the playoffs take place after the regular season. It is the annual elimination tournament to determine the winner of the Stanley Cup.”

While Cooper shared some “fun facts” about the lynx, Hunter lifted his sweater to show off his abs.

“I don’t know much,” Cooper said, “but that seems pretty unparliamentary.”

Hunter received a warm welcome from politicians and guests, including lots of smiles, laughter and several rounds of applause, which he immediately absorbed. Cooper seemed to enjoy it too.

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“Lynxes hunt primarily by stalking their prey, lulling them into a false sense of security before ultimately falling prey to the kill,” the speaker said, “much like the Oilers are currently doing to the Vancouver Canucks.”


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The Oilers lost Game 1 of their Round 2 matchup against Vancouver on Wednesday night. Edmonton blew a 4-1 lead and lost 5-4 to the Canucks.

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At the end of Hunter’s welcome, the House erupted in a chant of “Let’s go, Oilers!”

There are bets between the Prime Ministers and Mayors of the competing Canadian hockey teams.

BC Premier David Eby and Alberta Premier Danielle Smith bet on a win. The loser must make a statement in the legislature, written by the winner while wearing the other’s jersey.

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Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim also challenged Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi to a bet. The loser must fly the winning team’s flag above City Hall and the losing mayor must wear the winner’s jersey.


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