Wow, what a truly amazing first week of Bark Madness 2016 powered by The Royal Half™! We had over 14,000 votes in the Sweet 16 Bracket as we began to narrow down the competition to find the best LA Kings dog... and award them the Stanley Pup trophy!
The Sweet 16 was full of HUGE upsets and all of the dogs in this tournament are in a state of shock right now.
First, let's take a look at the winners that will advance on to compete in the Bark Madness Elite 8!
#1 GUSTL KOPITAR vs #16 PRINCE ENROTH
No surprise here, the defending champion, Gustl Kopitar, lit up Prince Enroth like he was a backup goalie.
#8 BOO LUCIC vs #9 HARLEY CLIFFORD
After years of being the toughest dog for the LA Kings... Harley Clifford finally lost a fight... to Boo Lucic!
#5 SUNNY LOMBARDI vs #9 ENZO LECAVALIER
Only 8 votes separated Enzo Lecavalier from Sunny Lombardi! This was the closest matchup in Bark Madness history!
#4 MACK CARTER vs #13 LILY MUZZIN
All 3 of the Carter Family dogs were upset in the 1st Round of Bark Madness. And two of the Carter dogs were beaten by Muzzin dogs! First, Lily Muzzin out-possessed Mack Carter.
#3 MILEY CARTER vs #14 LULU MUZZIN
Then Lulu Muzzin shut down Miley Carter.
#6 MILO BROWN vs #11 MEEKA DOUGHTY
Milo Brown came into this tournament in the best shape of his dog career. And it paid off as Milo took down Meeka Doughty.
#7 HANK MARTINEZ vs #10 HABS KINGS
Hank Martinez has a serious case of "Jazz Paws" as he eliminated Habs King. (No really, Hank should get that looked at by a vet ASAP)
#2 BO CARTER vs #15 EMMA PEARSON
And our final matchup from the Sweet 16 was also our biggest upset. In a shocking turn of events, the #15 Seed, Emma Pearson, took down the #2 Seed, Bo Carter. I can't even begin to imagine how Emma Pearson is feeling right now.
Now, let's take a look at the matchups for the 2016 Bark Madness Elite 8!
#1 GUSTL KOPITAR vs #8 BOO LUCIC
Wow, this might end up being the toughest Elite 8 matchup in Bark Madness history. Goldendoodle Gustl Kopitar is a veteran of this tournament and seems as cool as a rubber cucumber toy right now.
But there is a new pup in town, Maltipoo Boo Lucic, and she's ready to sniff some butt and take some names.
#12 ENZO LECAVALIER vs #13 LILY MUZZIN
Labradoodle Enzo Lecavalier, much like his father, isn't ready to call it quits. And he would love to end his career with one more drink from the championship trophy.
And while both Enzo Lecavalier and Chow Chow mix, Lily Muzzin, each have one Stanley Cup Ring...
... takes on German Shepard/Border Collie mix, Emma Pearson. I haven't seen this many mixes on the LA Kings since Dustin Penner was around!!
Well, there you have it. The Elite 8 for Bark Madness 2016 have been set and it's time to bust your bracket! Make sure you vote above in each matchup. Polls close Sunday, March 27th!
But more importantly, make sure you give back by purchasing one of the "We Are All K9s" calendars that are currently on a Bark Madness special at only $10! Buy them here! The purchase benefits the Kings Care Foundation! You can check out a behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the LA Kings Calendar from Kings Weekly here!