Gritty voted best mascot by NHL players

Gritty is not just popular among hockey fans, he is a big hit with hockey players, too!

More than 500 players took part in the 2018-2019 NHL Players Association Player Poll and voted Gritty the Best NHL Team Mascot.

They were asked more than 20 hockey-related questions.

The NHLPA says it was a landslide victory when it came to the best mascot inquiry.

Gritty came in with 69.4% of the votes. Carlton the Bear of the Toronto Maple Leafs was a distant second with 2.7%.

Gritty, of course, had something to say about all this - in poem form:

"Roses are red,
The rumors are true,
I'm better than yous."

The orange, furry creature first emerged from his secret hideout in the Wells Fargo Center last fall and took the hockey world - and the entire world - by storm.

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The Flyers' new mascot, Gritty, went from reviled to revered in record time.

Since making his debut, Gritty has been honored by Philadelphia City Council:

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Philadelphia City Council honors Gritty. Karen Rogers reports during Action News Mornings on October 26, 2018.

Had his own Jeopardy! clue:
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Gritty gets his own Jeopardy! clue on the January 15, 2019 episode.

Had a decent shot at being Time's Person of the Year:

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Gritty nominates himself for TIME Magazine's 'Person of the Year'. Matt O'Donnell reports during Action News at 6 a.m. on November 21, 2018.

Appeared on Good Morning America:

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Gritty appears on Good Morning America on September 25, 2018.

And Jimmy Kimmel Live!:

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Guillermo, Gritty visit Pat's Steaks. Tamala Edwards reports during Action News Mornings on October 12, 2018.

And even the 6abc/Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Parade!

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Gritty smothers Karen Rogers with a giant hug during his very first Thanksgiving parade!

As the NHLPA put it, "Congratulations, rookie!"