The Nashville Predators have become the latest National Hockey League team to get a team dog this season.
The Nashville Predators are the newest National Hockey League team to get a team dog this season.
The Preds join the ranks of NHL teams with hockey dogs in autism dog Ranger (New York Rangers), guide dogs Radar (New York Islanders) and Rookie (Ottawa Senators), PTSD dog Barclay (St Louis Blues) and undetermined career-wise Flambo (Montreal Canadiens).
Mashable thought that Flambo was more of a team mascot, and it seems as though Nashville’s dog might fill that role more fittingly. The Vegas Golden Knights have, unofficially, dual mascots in internet favorites Bark-Andre Furry and Sir Winston.
The Predators introduced their pup, named Lord Banner of Smashville, on social media Thursday night. He can be followed on Instagram with the straightforward handle @predspup, where he describes himself as the team’s “official office pup.”
While Smash’s name is an ode to Nashville’s nickname of “Smashville,” it could also be seen as a reference to the Friday Night Lights character of the talented loudmouth tailback Smash Williams.
Smash has something to do with Weber’s Woof Pack, a community group founded by Preds defenseman Yannick Weber, his girlfriend Kayla, and their dogs June and Willow.
For $30, fans who sign their pets up for the Woof Pack membership will receive invites to meet-ups with Yannick and Kayla at local dog parks, a Woof Pack collar, leash and tag set, a two-in-one scooper bowl and the chance to win game tickets, signed jerseys and autographed memorabilia.
All proceeds from the Woof Pack will go to the Nashville Humane Association.
Nashville is currently second in the Western Conference Central Division through 59 games played (out of 82), and they currently hold the No. 4 seed in the playoffs with 33 wins, 21 losses and five overtime losses for a total of 71 points (two points per victory, one point per overtime loss).
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