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BARK MADNESS: A Champion is Crowned in the 2018 LA Kings Dog Tournament!

After nearly 80,000 votes, it came down to Daryl Muzzin vs. Emma Pearson in the Bark Madness Final

by The Royal Half @TheRoyalHalf /

Wow, it's hard to believe that Bark Madness 2018 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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...Dogs and Hockey!

But now, it's time to reveal the winner of Bark Madness 2018!

We've had nearly 80,000 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 Tanner Pearson's adorable German Shepard/Border Collie mix, Emma, against Jake Muzzin's majestic St. Bernard, Daryl.

Ugh, life isn't fair.

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

Tweet from @kayaubrianna: I���m happy for Emma and Daryl, but choosing between the two of them .... #BarkMadness #LAKings

Tweet from @AlKikuchi: Emma or Daryl? ������ #lakings

Tweet from @paige_burnell: I���m voting for Emma because this round of #barkmadness is a ���big boy���(from Pearson���s last interview) round @LAKings @Patrick_ONeal.

Tweet from @KingWomp: I met the next @LAKings #BarkMadness champion today. ����

We are all winners!

@KingWomp really got some face time with the Daryl Muzzin campaign this weekend:

Tweet from @LAKings: Only 2 doggos left! �� Who will be named Champion? >>

Congratulations to the winner of Bark Madness 2018...

Daryl Muzzin!!!

DARYL: 57%
EMMA: 43%

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.

You can help by purchasing one of the "We Are All K9s" calendars!!! Buy them here! All proceeds benefit the Wags & Walks Adoption Center!

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.

Also, check out Sunny Saints, a St. Bernard Rescue that Jake and Courtney Muzzin are involved with. They even foster dogs from Sunny Saints!

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.

And special thanks to the LA Kings players and their families for providing us with great photos of their dogs for Bark Madness.

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