Meet the team's biggest offseason acquisition.
Good in the room. Dependable when needed the most. Makes others around her better.
The Coyotes have partnered with National Assistance Dogs Inc. to adopt a black Labrador Retriever puppy for the 2019-20 season.
The Coyotes will be Luna's Puppy Raiser and will train her in housing, vetting, basic obedience, socialization to all environments and individuals as well as proper service dog etiquette and public access manners.
Once Luna completes her training, she will be given to a veteran in need.
NADI's mission is to raise, train, and place vastly skilled assistance dogs to enrich lives in communities through specialized programs. NADI strives to make a difference in the lives of those who they serve, and to impact communities by education and providing volunteer opportunities throughout the development of their puppies into service dogs.
"We're very excited to partner with NADI to adopt Luna and have her as part of our Pack for the 2019-20 season," said Coyotes President & CEO Ahron Cohen. "NADI is a tremendous organization that helps veterans in our community. We are all dog lovers at the Coyotes and we hope that Luna can help raise awareness about NADI and also bring us some luck this season."
To get familiar with her new surroundings, Luna was introduced to the Coyotes' dressing room with a little help from defenseman Jason Demers and forward Vinnie Hinostroza .
Video: Coyotes Adopt Future Service Dog, Luna
In order to prioritize Luna's training and well-being, Cole Cook, the Coyotes' Director of Business Analytics, has been appointed as the main caretaker of the 14-week old puppy. Luna will be under Cook's careful watch in and outside of the team's facilities.
It is expected that Luna will be the team for 12-18 months until she becomes an expert, ultimately meeting all necessary proper service dog qualifications.
Her name, Spanish for "moon", derives from the alternate logo used on the Coyotes current Kachina uniforms, the same logo introduced when the team moved to the Valley in 1996, symbolizing Coyotes habitual howling routines.
She will be present at numerous games and community events as she learns to socialize in public settings as part of her training.
Keep track of her journey by following Luna's Log.