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More NHL teams added dogs to rosters this offseason

Sharks, Wild, Lightning welcomed new pups after others started trend in 2018

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

If you're wondering how NHL teams get through the dog days of summer, there answer may lie within the question: Dogs.

More than a few teams trotted out their pups this offseason, and we've put together a sampling of some of the good doggos from around the League, in honor of International Dog Day.

The Minnesota Wild announced Breezer, a 12-week-old Labrador Retriever rescue dog from Coco's Heart Dog Rescue on Aug. 19. Since debuting on the scene, Breezer has already made some influential friends in the organization, including new general manager Bill Guerin.

Tweet from @mnwildpup: i have an announcement: a new human joined our team pic.twitter.com/JNOEifDPTT

The Tampa Bay Lightning added the appropriately named Bolt to their roster Aug. 6. While being raised as a service dog, Bolt got some ice time with with forward Steven Stamkos.

Tweet from @boltspup: One of the #Bolts asked if I could help test out some new equipment for him...Please let @realstamkos91 know I gave my paw print of approval! 🐾 pic.twitter.com/OKjr6bMJlT

The San Jose Sharks brought in a fluffy pup named Finn in July, who will train with the team under the helping hand of Canine Companions.

Tweet from @SharksPup: When waiting for the season to start feels like a lifetime! 🐾 pic.twitter.com/k1NSwdfsVQ

Ranger, the New York Rangers pup from BluePath Service Dogs, found a home as a companion pet to a teen boy with autism.

Tweet from @NYRangersPup: OFFICIAL: I've been acquired by a great family to be a skilled companion dog for my new best friend, Dan!Dan has autism and I will provide love & support to him & my new family.Thanks @NYRangers for helping me along my path!Full Story: https://t.co/FGnWxOLtwA#NYRPupOnAPath pic.twitter.com/nBh42cJqc4

Of course, prior to last season, Barclay was introduced by the St. Louis Blues. After his first season, he may get a new moniker: the Stanley Pup.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: This good boy is ready for hockey to be back. #stlblues pic.twitter.com/HMe5JsI47L

Around the holidays, the Ottawa Senators picked up a black Labrador named Rookie, partnering up with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Instagram from @senators: Something special arrived under the #Sens Christmas tree at the CTC this morning! Details coming soon!

The New York Islanders brought Radar into the mix this past season, a yellow Lab training to be a guide dog in conjunction with the Guide Dog Foundation.

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Meet Radar! 🐶Your votes have been tallied and our @GuideDogFdn #NYIPupWithAPurpose has officially been given his new name - a tribute to legendary #Isles coach Al Arbour. Welcome to our Islanders family, Radar! 😊 https://t.co/FbBwJFykq6 pic.twitter.com/xh6YamtUH6

The Montreal Canadiens enlisted Flambo, a Saint-Pierre Labernese who is also training to be a service dog with the help of the MIRA foundation.

Instagram from @chiotcanadiensmtl: Bonne journée internationale de l'amitié !👫// Happy International Friendship Day!👫 #friendshipday

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