Sunday, before the Buffalo Beauts last game against the New York Riveters, the National Women’s Hockey League announced via Twitter a mascot for the team: Krusher the buffalo.
Krusher, who sports a crown in honor of Buffalo’s nickname, the Queen City, holds the title of being the first mascot in the NWHL. The league’s three other teams (the Boston Pride, the Connecticut Whale and the New York Riveters) are thus far sans mascots, though the league’s front offices have an unofficial mascot in Tucker, Commissioner Dani Rylan’s dog.
We are proud to introduce…KRUSHER!!!! The official mascot of the Buffalo Beauts! pic.twitter.com/Sv3WZeMbK6
— Buffalo Beauts (@BuffaloBeauts) February 21, 2016
Krusher dropped the puck on the Beauts second-to-last home game, signed autographs for fans and even posed for pictures with the Buffalo Beauts players as well as the Dunkin’ Donuts mascot, Cuppy (who, yes, you guessed it, is an enormous Dunkin’ Donuts styrofoam cup). Krusher’s popularity was enormous with the crowd in Buffalo, who mobbed the new mascot any time there was an opportunity.
Krusher was created by the NWHL in partnership with K.I.A Memorial March, a local organization that supports veterans, and sports their logo on her shoulder, opposite the Beauts logo. Krusher was made entirely in Buffalo
Fans took tons of selfies with Krusher, who also ran efforts to pump the crowd at the HarborCenter up and even jumped on the intermission interview with Megan Bozek, one of the Beauts’ star defenders.
Fans can follow Krusher on Twitter or meet her at the Beauts final home game, to take place against the Boston Pride Sunday, Feb. 28.