The Saskatchewan Rush’s unofficial mascot is in a state of disbelief over a decision by the Calgary Roughnecks to not allow him inside the Saddledome this weekend in his costume.
Kelvin Ooms can be seen at Sask-Tel Centre in an “Incrediblue Hulk” outfit and he is organizing a bus trip to Calgary for this weekend’s game.
Ooms is angry with the stance the Roughnecks are taking especially when they are inviting their fans to come dressed as their favourite “Star Wars” character while telling him his costume is one of the reasons he is not allowed inside.
Ooms appeared on 620 CKRM’s Sportscage Tuesday to talk about what is going on. He says the fans of the Roughnecks are an awesome group and that last year when the team visited Calgary, he went in costume and partied with those fans while having a great time.
The Rush have issued a statement saying they are in disagreement with what is happening but will respect the decision. They are also encouraging their fans that are going to be louder and prouder than ever before, as they cheer on their team in opposition territory.
This is not the first time a mascot from Saskatchewan has had problems in Calgary. The Stampeders several years ago said Gainer the Gopher was not allowed inside McMahon Stadium for a game between the two clubs.
On Wednesday, the Roughnecks said while Ooms is more than welcome to be a fan for the game, he will not be allowed to be a mascot which is a long-standing policy at the Saddledome.