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The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation has sponsored a Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog in training

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - The newest addition to the Edmonton Oilers is ready to make her 'bark' on the National Hockey League with a 'dogged' approach to the game.

As proud supporters of the Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society (DWW) the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) has sponsored Puppy-in-Training Flex, a five-month-old Labrador. 

Upon the completion of the Dogs with Wings Dog Sponsorship Program, Flex will become a certified Assistance Dog, ultimately changing lives for those most vulnerable and leaving an ever-lasting impact within the community.

"We've added a lot of pieces in the off-season but I think bringing in Flex with her pedigree is going to be an unbelievable addition," Director of Salary Cap Management & Assistant to the President of Hockey Operations Bill Scott said during Flex's official contract signing this week. 

Video: COMMUNITY | Flex Contract Signing

"She definitely brings a lot of youthful enthusiasm and energy. She gets along with everybody and is going to bring a lot of excitement to our group every day."

Flex put paw to paper on a two-year contract with the Orange & Blue and once she graduates, will find a home of her own with an individual who can benefit from her assistance. Until then, Flex will be found attending Oilers games, EOCF events and running laps around Rogers Place.

Born on March 12 in a litter of six, Flex is already proving to be a team player by learning commands swiftly. She rarely barks, is capable of grabbing items without damaging them - a useful skill for clients with mobility issues - and is great with children. 

"Flex is going to bring a lot to our team," added Scott.

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