Sports NHL teams are adding dogs to their rosters: Meet some of the pooches

20:10  10 october  2019
20:10  10 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Ten NHL teams now boast official team dogs , and that number may grow because team dogs are becoming as popular as players. The Blues adopted Barclay, a yellow Labrador Retriever, last season in order to socialize him to become a service dog . A December video of the puppy running

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“I can't tell you how many selfies our little dude (Smash) is a part of in the course of a game,” Nashville Predators chief operating officer Michelle Kennedy told USA TODAY Sports. “You always see him on the concourse snuggled up with someone taking a picture."

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The Predators, Arizona Coyotes, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals are teams with dogs.

“The guys have loved our dog,” Capitals forward Nic Dowd said. “There’s not much you can’t like about a puppy. And he’s really well behaved for how young he is. The guys have enjoyed him.”

The Capitals’ new 11-week-old puppy named Captain walked on the opening-night red carpet with team captain Alex Ovechkin and he was an instant crowd-pleaser. Captain is a Labrador-Golden Retriever mix.

Erica Sandidge, the Capitals’ marketing coordinator, said the Capitals’ decision to adopt a dog was a response to popular demand.

“A lot of our players have dogs and a lot of fan groups had posted to us that they were hoping we would get a dog,” Sandidge said. “We had a lot of support for dogs within the community.”

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The Blues adopted Barclay, a yellow Labrador retriever, last season in order to socialize him to become a service dog. A December video of the puppy running around the ice after practice with a hockey stick in its mouth went viral and Barclay got to eat from the Stanley Cup after the Blues won their first championship.

What the Capitals have noticed immediately about Captain is that he likes hockey gloves.

“That’s his newest toy,” Sandidge said. “He loves the smell and the texture of the glove because he can chew on it. Every time a player comes over, he nips at their glove. Then they pet him and pick him up.”

The Capitals are working through America’s Vet Dogs, a New York-based organization that trains service dogs for disabled veterans and first responders.

While with the Capitals, Captain is being trained as a service dog, meaning he will only be with the team for 14-16 months. He then will be given a permanent placement as a service dog.

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The Coyotes’ dog, Luna, a purebred black Lab, is also being prepared to become a service dog to a military veteran, meaning she will be with the team this season and part of next season.

“On Twitter, when they post something about her, fans go crazy,” Coyotes player Vinnie Hinostroza said. “This is nice for the vet, and nice for us to have a dog around the locker room to make us smile and for the fans to have something else to follow.”

Hinostroza said as the players were going on the ice for practice Wednesday, Luna “was buzzing around the hallway with a jersey on.”

“It was nice to get a pet in before we went on the ice,” he said. “I’m sure when she gets bigger, she will become more brave.”

There’s still training to do. “She is kind of scared of us when we have all of our gear on,” Hinostroza said.

Kennedy said Smash, a mixed breed who has been with the Predators for nine months since being adopted from Keely’s Friends Dog Rescue, occasionally comes into the corporate office. He thinks nothing of using his nose to push open doors and enter meetings. He’s always welcome.

“He’s a mild-mannered, fun element to everything we do,” Kennedy said. “He’s not disruptive. He’s not a loud presence. He’s a sweet, little dog that has stolen a lot of hearts in Smashville.”

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Smash is not being trained as a service dog, so he will be with the Predators long-term. Kennedy jokes that Smash has a larger social media presence than anyone in the corporate office. He’s frequently shown on the Jumbotron during games.

“Smash is an integral part of what we are,” Kennedy said. “We have Smash trading cards. We have Smash socks. We started (selling) merchandise with his image on it because he has become a popular little fellow.”

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Former first-rounder Josh Ho-Sang keeping in shape while waiting for trade .
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