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Gudas meets crime-fighting dog Radko at Flyers practice

German shepherd from New Jersey police force named after defenseman

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Radko Gudas got to meet Radko the crime-fighting German shepherd.

The Philadelphia Flyers defenseman had a unique visitor after practice Wednesday: an 18-month-old, 75-pound dog from the Berlin Police Department in New Jersey who shares Gudas' name.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Radko, meet Radko. ��Radko Gudas had the chance to meet the newest member of the Berlin Police Department today, K9 Radko: pic.twitter.com/3DJYXXdCC9

Like Gudas, the dog is from the Czech Republic. He joined the South Jersey town's police force as its first dog in April. Patrolman Steven Palma named him Radko not only because of the dog's heritage, but his physicality and style of play. Palma, a Flyers partial season ticket holder, was one of three Berlin patrolmen who joined Radko at the meet-and-greet at Philadelphia's practice facility in Voorhees, New Jersey.

Besides meeting his namesake, Radko also met Gudas' daughter Leontynka and received a Flyers cape with his name and the No. 3 on the back, and a large bone. He also appeared to be a good boy throughout the interaction.

Video: Police dog Radko meets Flyers Radko

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