Nationwide staffing shortages seem to have spread to hockey mascots.
The Penticton Vees have spent the last month searching for somebody to be Harvee, the team’s ever-so-popular mascot.
According to the Vees vice-president of business operations Fraser Rodgers, the most recent individual to fill the role left the position in August, leaving the team with no mascot ahead of its 2022-2023 season opener this Friday, Sept. 23.
Penticton is now ramping up its search for somebody to fill the part-time role, before the team raises its four B.C. Hockey League championship banners on Friday night.
Whoever gets the gig will be paid on an hourly basis, with exact compensation depending on experience.
Rodgers says the individual will have to have a knack for entertaining and be 100 per cent committed to the role.
“Harvee is definitely a big hit with kids and families,” he said.
The Vees first unveiled the mascot in 2018. After going nameless for one regular-season game, a community-wide vote decided on “Harvee” for the character.
People interested in applying for the vacant role are asked to email Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org.