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Jean Phillippe le Penguin

Jean-Philippe made his first appearance at the Olympic Oval in the Fall of 2014.  An escapee from the Calgary Zoo Jean-Philippe arrived on the scene as a bird-of-mystery with little known about his past.  Dubbed the #MysteryPenguin communication was soon established using an advanced system of writing, hand gestures and body language.  It quickly became apparent that the #MysteryPenguin had a very long story to tell...

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Jean-Philippe (JP as he prefers) is a humboldt penguin hailing from Baie-comeau, QC.  Looking to escape the dry deserts and rocky shores along the pacific coast of South America - JP's family arrived in Canada many years ago.  JP is very proud to be Canadian-born and even prouder to have grown up in Quebec.  Though he is a bird of few words - he is multilingual (French, English, Japanese, Penguin and more) and communicates mostly through a small whiteboard provided to him by staff.

Where is JP?

These days JP can be seen pretty much everywhere around the Oval... Competitions and race days are his favourite in which he will often don his custom made Olympic Oval skin suit.  His favorite skaters include: Ollie the Penguin, the short track & long track Canadian national teams and his adopted #OvalFamily.  On rare occasions, he has also been known to cheer on his hometown Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL and can often be spotted cheering on his friends with the U of C Dinos.


Just a few of the awesome #PenguinPics #JPPenguin has managed to gather over the past few years.


Nao Kodeira

Olympic Gold medalist - 2018 (500m)
Olympic Silver medalist - 2018 (1000m) & 2010 (Team Pursuit)


Marc Gagnon

Olympic Gold medalist - 1998 (5000m relay), 2002 (500m & 5000m relay)
Olympic Bronze medalist - 1994 (1000m), 2002 (1500m)


Sang Hwa

Sang Hwa Lee

Olympic Gold medalist - 2010 (500m), 2014 (500m)
Olympic Silver medalist - 2018 (500m)


Catriona Le May Doan

Olympic Gold medalist - 1998 (500m), 2002 (500m
Olympic Bronze medalist - 1998 (1000m)


Christine Nesbitt

Olympic Gold Medalist - 2010 (1000m)
Olympic Silver Medalist - 2006 (Team Pursuit)


Kristina Groves

Olympic Silver medalist - 2006 (1500m, Team pursuit), 2010 (1500m)
Olympic Bronze medalist - 2010 (3000m)

De Jong

Bob De Jong

Olympic Gold medalist - 2006 (10000m)
Olympic Silver medalist - 1998 (10000m)
Olympic Bronze medalist - 2010, 2014 (10000m)

#PenguinPics (Extras)


Freddie & Dougie Hamilton

NHL hockey players
Freddie (San Jose, Colorado, Calgary, Arizona)
Dougie (Boston, Calgary, Carolina) 9th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft


Andrew Buckley

Back to back Hec Crighton Trophy winner (awarded annually to the most outstanding Canadian football player in U Sports)


Damian Warner

Olympic Bronze medalist - 2016 (Decathalon)


Jesse Puljujarvi

NHL hockey player
4th overall pick in 2016 NHL Draft (Edmonton)