Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
I believe today's Friend Encounters features our youngest friend in the series. Litte Cassie wasn't even a year old when she met Chicago Wolves mascot Skates.
Cassie is the daughter of my huge hockey fan friend Jason. It's no shock her first friend encounter would be hockey-related. Cassie doesn't look extremely impressed with Skates. In fact, she looks rather leery of the big mascot. I can't blame her. As all know, I love mascots, but as a one (or less) year old, I am not sure I would have that same affection. I'm guessing this is her first encounter with a mascot. It must appear to be a life-size version of one of her stuffed animals. Of course, being Jason's daughter, this will not be her last hockey-related encounter. Other than his family, friends and Star Wars, hockey is Jason't big love, a love he is no doubt passing on to Cassie and her little brother Luke.
As for Skates, he played it cool. He didn't get too close to her face to really scare her. Skates is a seasoned pro.
Cassie and Skates in Rosemont, IL-September 2017.