List of Canadian Football League mascots

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The following is a list of the mascots of each Canadian Football League team.

Current mascots[edit]

West Division
Team Mascot(s) Introduced Ref.
BC Lions Leo the Lion n/a [1]
Calgary Stampeders Ralph the Dog 1975 [2]
Edmonton Elks Punter and Spike 2004, 2021 [3]
Saskatchewan Roughriders Gainer the Gopher 1977 [4]
Winnipeg Blue Bombers Buzz and Boomer 1984 [5]
East Division
Team Mascot(s) Introduced Ref.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats T.C. and Stripes 1984, 2004
Montreal Alouettes Touché and Blitz 1996, 1999 [6]
Ottawa Redblacks Big Joe 2014 [7]
Toronto Argonauts Jason 2005 [8]

Other and former mascots[edit]

In 2003, the Calgary Stampeders introduced another mascot of sorts, "Quick Six," which is an actual horse. Quick Six continues a Stampeders tradition, which began in 1993, of having a horse charge down the east sidelines of a field, after Calgary scores a touchdown.

Out of the nine current CFL teams, only one has replaced their mascot, the Toronto Argonauts. Prior to Jason, the Argonauts had a mascot named "Scully," who was "traded" by the team, for Jason, in 2003. Jason was later, "promoted to starting mascot," in 2005.[9] The now defunct franchise, the Ottawa Renegades' mascot was Ruffy the Beaver.

Nanook was the Edmonton Eskimos' only mascot from 1997–2003. Punter was introduced in 2004 as a secondary mascot. They were together from 2004-2020. When the Eskimos' name changed to the Elks, a polar bear would not make sense for a team named the Elks (as well as the animal relating to the controversial name), Nanook was retired in 2021, and was replaced by Spike, an elk. Punter did not get affected by this change. Today, Punter is still the secondary mascot while Spike is the primary.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers original mascot was Captain Blue, who was introduced in the early 1970s. Since 1984 with the introduction of Buzz and Boomer, Captain Blue was made the secondary mascot. Captain Blue is always seen driving his full scale Blue Bomber biplane, which is a life like cartoon replica of the WWI biplane flown under the British Royal Airforce. After every touchdown and field goal scored by the Blue Bombers, Captain Blue drifts his biplane around the end zones.

Before Ottawa's mascot Big Joe, the city had a very prominent history of mascots.[10]


  1. ^ "Leo the Lion".
  2. ^ "Ralph the Dog". Calgary Stampeders. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Meet the Mascots". Edmonton Eskimos. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Gainer the Gopher". Retrieved August 20, 2022.
  5. ^ "Mascots". Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Archived from the original on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Touché and Blitz".
  7. ^ "Big Joe". Ottawa Redblacks. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Jason the Mascot - Toronto Argonauts". Archived from the original on 2015-12-12.
  9. ^ "Jason the Mascot - Toronto Argonauts". Archived from the original on 2015-12-12.
  10. ^ "The colourful history of Ottawa's CFL mascots | 3DownNation". 12 July 2020. Retrieved 2022-02-18.