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.
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.
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.
Ranger, the New York Rangers pup from BluePath Service Dogs, found a home as a companion pet to a teen boy with autism.
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.
Around the holidays, the Ottawa Senators picked up a black Labrador named Rookie, partnering up with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
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.
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.
The Washington Capitals introduced Captain, a 10-week-old male yellow Labrador, who will be a future service dog thanks to America's Vet Dogs.
Here is Captain being interviewed on television.
Captain, like all of his counterparts, got off to a great start.