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Bark Madness 2017: A New Champion is Crowned

The voting goes down to the wire as underdog No. 14 Arlo Dowd takes on No. 6 Hank Martinez in the championship round!

by The Royal Half @TheRoyalHalf / LAKings.com

Wow, it's hard to believe that Bark Madness 2017 presented by Zignature is already over! From the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8 to the Final Four to the Championship Game, the exciting action of Bark Madness has reminded us as a nation just exactly what is important in life...

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Tweet from @AdamZHerman: Important hockey GIF from last night's @WolfPackAHL game in Albany. pic.twitter.com/NdN9D5kQBW

...Dogs and Hockey!

And along the way, Bark Madness even helped to shape the minds of the next generation of dog and hockey lovers.

Tweet from @JenSipe1: @theroyalhalf When you teach & love the @LAKings, you combine your passions...#barkmadness and graphing. My 4th graders voted! Our results! pic.twitter.com/5Dbaepj1AU

But now, it's time to reveal the winner of Bark Madness 2017! We've had nearly 45,000 votes cast since Bark Madness began a few weeks ago and it's finally time to award the title to the deserving dog! Who will be the newest legend to join the Bark Madness Hall of Fame?

It was Nic Dowd's charismatic Golden Retriever, Arlo, against Alec Martinez's gorgeous Blue Healer/Beagle mix, Hank.

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Needless to say, this was not an easy decision for LA Kings fans.

Tweet from @goorgoahead: WAIT i have to pick between hank and arlo? BARK MADNESS HURTS MY SOUL

Tweet from @KelliIngraham: How am I supposed to choose between Arlo and Hank ������ #BarkMadness

Tweet from @spoon601: Hank is a beautiful pup. Plus, look at that other face... and the hands...when his dad did that thing that one time. #TeamHank #barkmadness pic.twitter.com/ghszvwIdRQ

Tweet from @superstation: Honestly try and find me a better Cinderella story than Arlo Dowd. https://t.co/KQe6qA5QAH

Tweet from @pvlifeguy: @theroyalhalf @LAKings stupidest effing thing you've ever done. F the dogs. Win some hockey games.

The internet, everyone!

Congratulations to the winner of Bark Madness 2017...

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Arlo Dowd!!!


Arlo Dowd: 51%
Hank Martinez: 49%

Remember folks, at the end of the day it isn't about who is the most popular dog. It's about helping dogs in need across the country by supporting local shelters and rescue organizations.

Jeff and Megan Carter work tirelessly to help promote all the wonderful dogs that are available for rescue throughout Los Angeles with the Wags and Walks organization. You can always support Wags and Walks by fostering, rescuing or donating. And be sure to check out Sunny Saints, a St. Bernard Rescue that Courtney Muzzin is involved with that helps put big old (and young) good boys and girls into loving, caring homes where they can spread their love. But more importantly, make sure you give back by purchasing one of the "We Are All K9s" calendars for ONLY 5 BUCKS!!! Buy them here! The purchase benefits the Kings Care Foundation and helps bring attention to 4 Paws 4 Patriots! You can check out a behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the LA Kings Calendar from Kings Weekly here!

Thanks to Pat Donahue, Michal Olszewski and Emily Griganavicius at the LA Kings and Patrick O'Neal, Jack A. Wilson, Joel Goodling and Steven Dorfman at FOX Sports West for all of their support during Bark Madness.

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