Worker Cleaning Flooded Saddledome Happens Upon Head of Flames' Harvey the Hound

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJune 24, 2013

Apr 19, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames fans and mascot Harvey the Hound during the third period between the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks at the Scotiabank  Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Exhausted workers trying to clean a flooded Saddledome needed a bit of levity. Enter the floating head of beloved Flames mascot Harvey the Hound. 

CBS Sports collected a number of tweets telling quite the tale from the depths of a flooded Scotiabank Saddledome; apparently, the head of Harvey the Hound startled one unfortunate worker. 

Granted, the sight of a massive dog head would be extremely shocking considering the environment workers find themselves in, but it definitely takes the mind off of the horrible flood and immense work to be done. 

Here is how it all went down, according to the Twitter feed of the Calgary Sun's Eric Francis:

Now, some of you might be thinking there is no way the beloved mascot could ever terrify an adult. Well, here is what the soggy head apparently looked like, via AMP Radio Calgary:

With that, we can guarantee there is one unlucky worker who was cleaning up a dark portion of the arena only to see this terrifying face float by. It's at that moment the Saddledome no doubt filled with expletives to go along with all of that water. 

This sad story does have a tinge of happiness, because CBS Sports updated its report to state the Harvey the Hound head that was found was merely a backup. The main one is reportedly safe and sound at another location. 

With that, we have a silly story to lighten the mood during recovery efforts for a flood that Fox News reports saw 75,000 residents evacuated from their homes. 

The Calgary Herald chronicles the devastation along with stunning images from a dark and flooded arena that houses the NHL team.

Calgary Flames president Ken King paints quite the picture when asked about the dollar amount of the arena's damage: 

None whatsoever—I can’t comprehend what it might be. I went back in (Saturday) and it’s a mess. If you put (water as high as Row 8) into perspective...that means if you were a hockey player walking out of the tunnel out onto the ice, you would be under water yourself.

As you can see, there is a great deal more to worry about than just some old mascot head. Still, Harvey the Hound managed to draw attention to the absurd just when dealing with reality really became tough. 

It seems the beloved mascot is doing all he can to help Calgary fans, with or without his head. 


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