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Bark Madness 2017: The Elite 8

Check out the LA Kings dogs going head-to-head in second round and vote for a winner in each match-up!

by The Royal Half @TheRoyalHalf / LAKings.com

Now that the match-ups are set, it's time for the Elite 8 in Bark Madness 2017 presented by Zignature!

We had the closest finish ever in one match-up and two big upsets in the Sweet 16, so be sure to check out how each of the dogs made it through the first round.

All caught up? Good. Because now it's time to get voting for the Elite 8 to figure out which dogs will move on to the Final Four!

#1 GUSTL KOPITAR vs #8 DARRYL MUZZIN

Sweet and loving, the #1 Seed has a beautiful mop of golden-brown hair.

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And so does his dog, Gustl!

Gustl might have had an easy run to the Bark Madness Final the last two seasons, but this year there is a new pup in town!

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The only thing more unruly than Jake Muzzin's beard is Darryl Muzzin's tongue.


#4 HANK MARTINEZ vs #5 BO CARTER

Martinez vs. Carter? This is an LA Kings fans worst nightmare.

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Worst. F, Marry. Ever.

Hank Martinez is a cute Blue Heeler/Beagle mix.

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While Bo Carter is a cute Shih Tzu with bow legs--OH WHY OH WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE CARTER VS. MARTINEZ?!?!?


#2 EMMA PEARSON vs #10 ONJA IGINLA

It's Emma Pearson taking on Onja Iginla ... and I haven't seen two Germans go at it like this since Philipp Grubauer and Thomas Greiss battled to back up Jaroslav Halak at the World Cup of Hockey!

Emma is an adorable 4-year old German Shepard/Border Collie that gets to hug Tanner Pearson all day long.

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Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter are the only people who hug Tanner Pearson more often.

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While Onja Iginla has one last shot at winning it all after so many years of coming close--WAIT A SECOND ARE WE TALKING ABOUT ONJA OR JAROME HERE?!?

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Veteran. Leader. Hall of Fame good dog.

And just because...

Watch: Youtube Video

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#6 DODGER TOFFOLI vs #14 ARLO DOWD

As if Carter vs Martinez isn't hard enough, Dodger Toffoli taking on Arlo Dowd might just push all LA Kings fans over the edge....

...THE EDGE OF CUTENESS!!!

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Both Dodger, the 7 year-old Toy Yorkie, and Arlo, the 20 month-old Golden, are extremely active on Social Media!


Well, there you have it. The Elite 8 for Bark Madness 2017 have been set and it's time to bust your bracket! Make sure you vote above in each match-up. Polls close Saturday, March 18th at 11:59 pm!

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!

Also, 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.

And finally... get your tickets now for the Pucks for Pups Charity Hockey Game on March 16th at 2:45 PM at the Staples Center.

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Celebrities and NHL alumni will face off on the ice for a good cause with all proceeds from the event benefiting Wags & Walks! Who knows... you might even see some of the stars from Bark Madness there!

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