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Graves helps Rangers introduce organization's new service dog

Yellow lab will be trained to assist child with autism

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The New York Rangers added the cutest and furriest free agent to their roster Tuesday.

New York introduced Ranger, a yellow lab who will serve as its pup on a path to train to become a service dog for a child with autism.

Tweet from @NYRangersPup: I am so excited to be officially a part of the @NYRangers organization! #NYRPupOnAPath pic.twitter.com/LX9QK83peA

Ranger was unveiled Tuesday with a video alongside Adam Graves, the former Rangers legend and alumni member who incidentally is the seven-month-old dog's favorite player. The pup's official website describes Madison Square Garden as his favorite place to sit and stay and that puck handling is his top skill.

Tweet from @NYRangersPup: Some barkground on me:I���m a Lab.Born on 1/31/18.My first collar was blue and now I get to be a Blueshirt!My pre-game treat is peanut butter!I���m learning to handle pucks!I love to take the subway to MSG!#NYRPupOnAPath pic.twitter.com/wn3ViGtqQY

Ranger was chosen through a partnership with BluePath, a charitable non-profit organization that provides autism service dogs, and he was picked from a five-puppy litter that was born Jan. 31 mostly because he had a blue collar from the start. He will learn skills throughout the year that are necessary to become a service dog for a family in need.

Tweet from @NYRangersPup: 👀 my first time getting on the ice @TheGarden! I need to get some new skates, this was a ruff start! 🐾���#ThrowbackFursdays #TBT #NYRPupOnAPath pic.twitter.com/SwBESMyak6

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