Well this was the cutest puck drop in a long time.
Two furry friends, Finn and Dill, from the local chapter of Canine Companions for Independence were front and center for the pregame ceremony at SAP Center in San Jose.
Finn is the Sharks' service dog in training and was also featured in the giveaway, a bobblehead with him and San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who is well-known for his love of dogs. Vlasic took the faceoff in place of injured captain Logan Couture.
Even though Finn, who just turned eight months old, couldn't drop the puck himself because he hasn't yet been trained to do so, Dill did a fine job and got a high five from Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno.
And Finn got plenty of love from the Sharks as they headed out onto the ice for warmups.