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Islanders want you to help name their new puppy

New York adopted Labrador retriever that will assist blind or visually impaired child

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The New York Islanders need your help naming their new puppy.

The Islanders adopted a Labrador retriever Tuesday and are inviting fans to submit names for the male dog that players Thomas Hickey and Matt Martin helped select.

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 "A few people fell in love with the one we picked," Martin told the Islanders website. "I'm excited to see him grow."

The team adopted the dog as part of their Puppy with a Purpose partnership with Guide Dog Foundation, and he will spend the next 14 months with the team while being raised to assist a blind or visually impaired child.

"It's an amazing cause," Martin said.

The dog already has an Islanders tie; his dad is named Sparky, which also is the name of the Islanders' dragon mascot. Fans can vote for their favorite name through Tuesday, and New York will unveil the winning pick Sept. 5

The Islanders are the second New York team to introduce a service dog this month. The New York Rangers, the Islanders' archrivals, adopted a pooch that they named Ranger.

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