Species: Belted Kingfisher
Height: Tall for a bird
Weight: Light as a feather
Birthday: March 19, 2011
Favourite song: “Shake your tail feather”
Favourite food: Fish tacos
Hangouts: BC Place stadium, Stanley Park
The Belted Kingfisher is a large, conspicuous water kingfisher, commonly found in Canada. It is often seen perched prominently on trees, posts, or other suitable “watchpoints” close to water before diving into the water head first at high speeds to capture its prey.
Passing the Torch: Winger to Spike
After 17 years with the Club, Winger decided to hang up his boots and pass the torch to a younger generation as the Whitecaps made the move into MLS. However, he did not want to leave his position in the hands of just anyone, so he set out on a major scouting trip around BC to find his successor.
In November of 2002, after an exhaustive search around the province, Winger attended a mascot camp. This was where he first came across a feisty young bird named Spike. Winger thought Spike had the perfect mix of determination and personality to really make it big in with the Whitecaps. Winger decided to take Spike under his wing and train him to be part of Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Spike trained hard all underground since then. He learned to play the drums, he studied the Whitecaps players, he worked on his moves and by March 19th he was more than ready for his MLS debut.
So what happened to Winger? Winger watches Spike proudly every match...on TV from his sunny retirement nest.
Currently Spike does not have any special appearances scheduled but you can see him at all Whitecaps FC first team matches.
Check back later for updates.
Celebrate your Birthday with Spike
- Tickets in the Yellow section
- Food and beverage vouchers
- Visit from Spike, the official mascot of Whitecaps FC
- T-shirt and a signed card from Spike
- Birthday message on the giant videoboard
To book your birthday package call 778.330.1372 or 778-330-1376