But then, after reading in his local newspaper that the squad was looking to hire a mascot, Hall, at the urging of some friends, auditioned and got the job.
“My friends were telling me, ‘You’ve got a real good personality and you’d be perfect for this,’” Hall said.
For his new position, Hall dons a donkey suit and is known simply as “Nugget.”
Besides receiving $100 a game to perform at each Rush home contest, Hall had appeared at more than 30 other events in the community by early February. These events range from children’s birthday parties to school visits to corporate gigs.
Hall said he is frequently exchanging e-mails and talking on the phone with other mascots.
“It’s really crazy. I’ll get calls from guys all over the U.S. And they’ve really helped me out a great deal. They’ve told me what to do with some of my promotions and how to interact with people.”
Hall said he has yet to come across any other Native who works as a mascot for a professional sports franchise.
“I think this is kind of like a groundbreaking thing, especially being Indian,” he said. “We’re just two steps below the NHL.”
As long as Hall isn't portraying a stereotypical Indian, there's no problem with his being a mascot.
For more on the subject, see Team Names and Mascots.