Birthday: June 4, 2001
Home: Georgia Strait
Weight: Light for an Orca
- Years Pro: 11
First Game: Oct 4, 2001 vs CHI
Special Skills: Shooting mist from his blowhole, playing goal ("Flops Like a Whale" Style), signature head-bite.
FIN has made appearances all over Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, British Columbia, and the rest of North America for that matter! FIN also attends the All-Star game every year and has therefore made appearances at many other NHL arenas with other NHL mascots. FIN makes numerous community appearances and has also dropped in on a few birthday and weddings throughout the years.
FIN has a community program called Fin’s Friends Character Education Program. It is offered by the Canucks For Kids Fund to primary teachers all through British Columbia. The curriculum emphasizes character education by teaching virtues of social responsibility. The program has been around for 8 years now and is all 60 school districts of BC.
FIN is not a SHARK! I get many people calling me "Sharkie"! You want a shark go to San Jose. I am all whale baby...even better I am a mammal and actually 'eat' fish.
John Ashbridge has been the voice of the Canucks as Public Address announcer since 1987. Since retiring from his “day job” in 2005 after almost 40 years of radio broadcasting for CKNW, he has threatened to keep doing the PA job “at least on a part-time basis” until the Canucks win the Stanley Cup ... which means he'll be retiring in June!
During his first two-and-a-half decades of preparation for the moment the Canucks and their fans celebrate winning the NHL crown, “Ash” has worked several memorable events including the Canucks 1994 and 2011 playoff runs to the Cup, travelled with the team to Japan in 1993 and worked as PA announcer for the 1998 NHL All-Star Game, the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championships, the 2007 Memorial Cup Junior Hockey Tournament and was a primary English-language PA voice for the Ice Hockey and Sledge Hockey events at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
John’s contributions to hockey are not restricted to PA duties…in 2001 he received the NHL Alumni Association’s annual “Seventh Man Award” for his off-ice work with the Canuck Alumni and the NHL Alumni Association.
His proudest moment(s) is being a part of a Game Presentation team consistently ranked by its peers as the very best ... in the National Hockey League, in amateur or professional hockey as well as in most other public sports presentations, anywhere in the world.
Al Murdoch’s voice is a familiar one inside and outside of Rogers Arena. After spending over 20 years as a radio broadcaster for stations such as CKLG, CFOX, CKNW, CFMI and KISS-FM, Al has been sharing the Public Address announcing role for the Vancouver Canucks with John Ashbridge since the 2011-2012 season.
Prior to that, he also performed PA duties for the NBA Vancouver Grizzlies and acted as PA voice for special events such as the 1998 NBA Draft, NBA pre-season games featuring the Phoenix Suns/Portland Trailblazers and Seattle Sonics/Phoenix Suns, Steve Nash Charity Classic basketball games and the MLB Baseball Classic at BC Place.
In addition to his work with the Vancouver Canucks, ‘Murdoch’ is a busy voice actor providing his talents on local, national and international radio/television commercials, movie trailers, theme park shows and video games and is currently the promo voice of more than 50 radio and television stations around the globe.
Murdoch is an avid runner, competing in half marathons around North America (the highlight being the Maui ‘Valley To The Sea’ Half Marathon in 2012) and just took up cycling in the hopes of competing in his first triathlon in 2013. Al resides in Port Moody with his wife Chantal and daughter Madeline.
Born and raised in Fort Erie, Ontario, Mike started playing music at the age of 11. Growing up he took in a few Sabres games at the old Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. "I remember hearing the organ at the old ' Aud' and really liking it."
After choosing music as a career, Mike studied with renowned jazz instructors at Humber College in Toronto. Since moving to Vancouver in 1995 he has worked in various musical settings and with countless musicians, including Hedley, Daniel Wesley and his original band, The Modelos. Mike also teaches piano, guitar and bass from his East Van home where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Mike has been tickling the ivory as the Canucks organist since the start of the 2000-2001 season. In a hockey town as enthusiastic as Vancouver, the two questions Mike is asked most frequently are where he plays in the arena and how he knows when to start playing. So for anyone who's ever wondered, Mike takes cues on headset from his Game Presentation colleagues high above the ice in the Press Box.
Mike's favourite hockey memory and a highlight of his musical career took place during the 2011 playoffs when along with the Canucks house band "The Odds", Mike got to back up one of his idols, Elvis Costello for an abbreviated version of "Pump it Up", a thrill he won't soon forget. The biggest thrill of all for Mike of course was to witness game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2011. His wish is to be providing the music when the Canucks get there again, with a slightly different ending.