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VetDog Charlie drops puck on Islanders' Military Appreciation Night

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VetDog's ceremonial puck drop

VetDog drops puck on Military Appreciation Night

Charlie, a dog training with VetDogs to be paired with a member of the military, drops the puck on Military Appreciation Night in Brooklyn

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It was just like a regular ceremonial puck drop, only cuter.

Charlie, a black labrador retriever currently training with America's VetDogs, dropped the biscuit at the Barclays Center before the New York Islanders hosted the Carolina Hurricanes.

VetDogs is a program that provides trained service dogs to United States military veterans who could use a little extra help in day-to-day life. There are dogs specifically trained for veterans who are vision-impaired, hearing-impaired or those who may be suffering from post-traumatic streess disorder.

Charlie was joined by his trainers and two Army veterans from Fort Bragg, along with Islanders captain John Tavares and Hurricanes co-captain Justin Faulk.

During the second intermission, Olivia Poff and Allison Storck from America's VetDogs appeared with Charlie on MSG Network. The Smithtown, N.Y.,-based charity provides the highly trained dogs to veterans free of charge.

Poff said Charlie will be paired with a veteran in two weeks.

Video: America's VetDogs join MSG intermission report

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