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Ontario K-9 unit creates bite suit that resembles Marner's hockey uniform

Forward donated money to Durham police department for new training equipment

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Mitchell Marner is donating his body to help police dogs in Durham, Ontario.

The forward gave money to the Durham Regional Police K-9 unit so it could purchase a new apprehension suit that resembles his hockey uniform.

Tweet from @DRPS: Thanks to the generosity of Mitch, the Marner family and the @MarnerAssist, the dogs of the @DRPS_K9 will be enjoying training and honing their skills on a brand new, custom made K-9 apprehension suit. Click link to learn more about this awesome donation: https://t.co/8MAKBYqhXz pic.twitter.com/maqFqXCwbO

Marner, a restricted free agent whose rights are held by the Toronto Maple Leafs, offered to donate money to the K-9 unit for new training equipment through his dad, Paul, last summer. They decided to use his money for a bite suite with the added twist that it would resemble his full uniform and have Marner's name and No. 16 on the back.

The suit allows protection for police while their dogs learn how to apprehend criminals. Marner tried the suit on and modeled it for the police, then they showed off how it works at a public event Monday.

Tweet from @DRPS: PSD Taz is having fun training with the new @DRPS_K9 apprehension suit generously donated by Mitch Marner's @MarnerAssist. pic.twitter.com/aBoX9sh2LU

"You still feel the apprehension, but it doesn't allow the teeth to get through the suit," Det. Const. Kevin Dunlop told Globalnews.ca. "Having a new suit is so beneficial to the health and safety of the officers who are having to wear those suits."

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