"A mascot named Shoot waited to be washed at a factory in a quiet suburb of #Montreal. American sports fans might be surprised to learn that some of their favorite #mascots are, in fact, French Canadian. Jean-Claude Tremblay, 68, launched Creations JCT some 35 years ago. Today, the company builds between 150 and 200 mascots a year — most of them for sports franchises, but also for amusement parks and corporations. There are dinosaurs who dance on minor league dugouts. Ducks who ice-skate between periods. Horses who celebrate touchdowns by spraying multicolored ribbons from their nostrils. "In my head, I never thought I would be doing this," Jean-Claude said. "But I think I did the right choice, because I am an artist." Christinne Muschi photographed Shoot and other mascots for @nytimessports." By nytimes on Instagram.
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