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Blatant Homerism

Minnesota Wild mascot Nordy mocks ‘Vancouver Green Men’ (photo/video)

As any NHL fan will tell you, the Vancouver Green Men, the dynamic duo of Canucks fans made famous by their madcap antics during games at Rogers Arena while wearing skin-tight, green spandex suits (in an homage to Charlie Kelly’s alter-ego on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, are some of the most entertaining and original puck backers in all the land.

Usually, their shenanigans involve mocking and ridiculing opposing players while they take a time out in the sin bin, a real treat for fans and probably an incredible annoyance to the player in the penalty box.

Well, with the Canucks in town for a showdown with the Minnesota Wild, a former rival in the previous divisional format, Nordy, the Wild’s mascot, donned a green spandex suit of his own and aped the Vancouver Green Men’s routine. And while we cannot refer to Nordy as a “Minnesota Green Man” — I’m not sure what Nordy is (some kind of anthropomorphic northwoods wildcat/bear/wolf hybrid creature), his performance was nevertheless amusing.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery it is often said. Consider yourselves flattered, Vancouver Green Men.

While Nordy’s antics likely had no effect on the outcome of the game, the hometown Wild ultimately did prevail, beating the visiting Canucks 3-2 in the shootout, snapping Vancouver’s seven-game winning streak.