MONTREAL (CP) - After almost a year on vacation, Youppi!, the furry, orange mascot of the Montreal Expos, has gone back to work.
He has been picked up by the NHL Montreal Canadiens after intense negotiations with 10 different interested groups and companies, including the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.
Ray Lalonde, the Canadiens marketing manager, pointed out that Youppi! is the first mascot in professional sports to move from one league to another.
''We always wondered what Youppi! would look like in a Habs sweater.''
His first faceoff against another team will be at the Bell Centre on Oct. 18 against the Boston Bruins.
If only Montreal's baseball fans were treated so well.