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Shark Life: Pawesome Night at the Tank

Marc-Edouard Vlasic was the guest of honor at the San Jose Barracuda's Pucks and Paws Night

by Ann Frazier /

On Sunday, the San Jose Barracuda - the AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks - had a barking good time during their game against the San Diego Gulls. And this time, the barking was literal. It was the inaugural Pucks and Paws Night, a game dedicated to man's best friend. 

The Barracuda donned dog-inspired specialty jerseys, regaled fans with classic tunes such as "Who Let the Dogs Out?" (Who? Who? Who?), and - most importantly - allowed fans to bring their own pooches to the game. 

Tweet from @sjbarracuda: The leader of the pack ��

Over 300 doggos made it out to the game alongside almost 7,000 humans, making it a rowdy and enthusiastic crowd. The dogs even brought Pucks and Paws to the Barracuda radio broadcast, as you could heard barking in the background as broadcaster Nick Nollenberger made his call.

Of course, it's impossible to talk dogs and the Sharks without mentioning defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. An avid dog lover (he has three), Vlasic and his dogs were the subject of the Barracuda's bobblehead giveaway. He and his dogs also swung by the game to help out with the ceremonial puck drop.

Tweet from @sjbarracuda: Thank you to the special guests for today's puck drop (and their dad @Vlasic44). #SJBarracuda

Vlasic wasn't the only one who enjoyed the novelty of dogs at a hockey game. Even Barracuda goaltender Park Gahagen's wife got into it:

Tweet from @kaitlyn_gahagen: The @sjbarracuda allowed dogs into the game today and I think this is the best thing that ever happened to the sport of hockey

Of course, there was still a hockey game to be played, and that aspect didn't end up in the doghouse; after falling behind 3-1 early in the second period, the Barracuda roared back with four third period goals to give the home crowd (humans and dogs) a 5-3 win.

All in all, it was an incredibly pupular night for the fans, players, and doggos. 

Tweet from @Vlasic44: What a great turnout today at the @sjbarracuda Puck & Paws game. So many beautiful dogs! We had so much fun!

12/10 would pet all of the dogs. 

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