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Monday, January 31, 2011
Rangers' AHL affiliate mascot attacked

By Matt Ehalt

It ain't easy being green.

Pucky the Whale, the mascot of the Rangers' AHL affiliate squad Connecticut Whale, was attacked Saturday night by a fan during a Whale game, according to reports.

According to The Hartford Courant, 28-year-old Kevin O'Connell of East Hartford, Conn., attacked Pucky because of a bet with a friend. Police said the mascot was hanging with fans when he was tackled and punched by O'Connell.

O'Connell was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree breach of peace and will not be allowed to attend future events at the XL Center in Hartford. He is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 2.