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Cam (Atkinson) meets Cam (the dog)

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Cam Atkinson meets Cam the dog

BOS@CBJ: Atkinson meets the dog named after him

2/16/16: Cam Atkinson meets Cam the dog, who Maddie Wright's family rescued after Atkinson's big performance at a Blue Jackets' game last month

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Last month when nine-year-old Maddie Wright created the now-infamous "Dad says if 13 scores on my Birthday we get a dog" sign, she had no idea how much local and national media attention she would receive after Cam Atkinson scored not one but THREE goals in the team's 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

After the game, Maddie's dad Brian knew he couldn't go back on his word.

The Wright family - Brian, his wife Peri, Maddie and brother Josh - had already picked out a potential rescue dog from the Delaware County Humane Society, and not long after the game on Jan. 25, they brought their new family member home.

The dog, a female black lab mix around two or three years old, was fittingly named "Cam."

When the other Cam (Atkinson) heard the family was getting a dog, the NHLer and dog-lover wanted to make sure he met Maddie and her family, along with Cam (the dog).

And, with the team practicing and the Wright kids off of school for Presidents Day, today was finally the day for both Cams to meet. 

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"She's gorgeous," Atkinson said of Cam the dog. "We have a couple of labs back home. I think it's even better that it's a rescue dog as well, and she found a great family and she's enjoying it."

The Wrights got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Nationwide Arena on a practice day and got to hang out with Atkinson and a handful of onlookers. A few special guests including Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella and president of hockey operations John Davidson stopped by to meet Cam.

"It's been phenomenal," Brian said. "Everybody's just been so gracious and just to see the inner-workings and what goes on-it's just a great organization.

"I think, for the most part, (the dog) has been okay. She didn't like all the puck banging off the glass and all the commotion, but meeting Cam and some of the guys, she's been pretty calm."

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At one point, Maddie was trying to get her dog's attention and squeezed a squeaky Blue Jackets-themed dog toy and whispered "Cam!" but instead, Atkinson was the one who looked over, and everyone had a laugh.

"That's what it's all about," Atkinson said. "I feel like with dogs, you come home and they're your best friend. It doesn't matter what kind of day you're having, if you're having a bad day or good day, they're always there to greet you with a smile and always make your day better."

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"I was really excited and I was just happy to meet (Cam the dog)," Maddie said.

When asked who she likes more now, Cam (Atkinson) or Cam (the dog), with Atkinson looking on she laughed and declined to answered-but Atkinson quickly told her it was okay if she likes the dog more.

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