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Carlton
Name: Carlton the Bear
Number: #60
Position: Mascot
Date of Birth: October 10, 1995
Birthplace: 60 Carlton Street,
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Drafted: Selected as mascot
Toronto Maple Leafs
1995
Height: 6'4''
Weight: 270lbs
Hand: Left


Career Statistics - Gallery of Images - Main Discussion


Carlton the Bear is a 6'8" anthropomorphic polar bear, and has been the official mascot of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club since 1995.

CareerEdit

Carlton made his debut for the Maple Leafs on October 10, 1995, in a 7-3 Toronto victory over the New York Islanders. Since that night, Carlton has led the cheers and support from the Toronto crowd in all Maple Leaf home games. Named after the address of Maple Leaf Gardens (60 Carlton Street), Carlton has been in attendance of memorable moments in Toronto history, such as the final game at Maple Leaf Gardens, as well as the first game at Air Canada Centre. Carlton has also been witness to various deep playoff runs by the Maple Leafs, including appearances in the Eastern Conference finals in 1998-99 and 2001-02.

Carlton's biggest NHL mascot rival is that of Spartacat of the Ottawa Senators. Carlton has enjoyed the most success in the rivalry, as the Maple Leafs have defeated the Senators in every playoff series the two teams have played in. Hence, Carlton's record against Spartacat is an undefeated 4-0.

Carlton was also named chair of the first annual Mascot Summit, which was held during the National Hockey League's 69th All-Star Game held in Toronto in 2000. Carlton met with every NHL team mascot to discuss topics such as scoreboard use, community appearances, and team morale.

Carlton has been known to travel with the Maple Leafs during occasional road trips, and has appeared in over 20 NHL arenas and 13 NHL All-Star games. Due to his dedicated service, Carlton is among the leaders in Maple Leafs history of games appeared in. He is scheduled to pass former Maple Leaf George Armstrong during the 2023-24 season in game appearances.

Career StatisticsEdit

  • Appeared in over 20 NHL arenas all over North America
  • Has appeared in front of millions of Maple Leafs fans during his career, which has spanned over a decade.
  • Has tossed over 15000 shirts into the crowd during Maple Leafs home games.
  • Scheduled to surpass George Armstrong in game appearances during the 2023-24 season.
  • 4-0 against Spartacat in Maple Leafs/Senators playoff series.




2008-2009 Toronto Maple Leafs Roster
Forwards Nik Antropov Jason Blake Mikhail Grabovski Niklas Hagman Ryan Hollweg
Nikolai Kulemin Brad May Jamal Mayers John Mitchell Dominic Moore
Alexei Ponikarovsky Matt Stajan Lee Stempniak Jeremy Williams
Defencemen Jeff Finger Jonas Frogren Tomas Kaberle Pavel Kubina Luke Schenn
Anton Stralman Mike Van Ryn Ian White
Goaltenders Curtis Joseph Vesa Toskala

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