2019-20 NHL season eagerly anticipated by hockey dogs

The community of hockey dogs is anxiously awaiting the drop of the puck for the 2019-20 NHL season.

The 2019-20 NHL season is almost here, and the hockey dogs of Twitter and Instagram are champing at the bit with eager anticipation.

Many of the original class of team service dogs will graduate as the season goes on, while a new class is ready for their rookie year of training.

Players’ dogs have been doing their part to get their dads in shape during the offseason, while fan dogs are ready to don their hockey sweaters, jerseys and T-shirts again.

The Minnesota Wild made a splash with their new team service dog Breezer, who crashed a press conference, and the Arizona Coyotes finally got one in Luna.

San Jose Sharks team dog Finn has been playing mini golf and learning to cheer for Cal Golden Bears football, but everybody knows he’s staying in charge of things.

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Vegas Golden Knights superfan Deke-Henri Furry the Jack Russell Terrier has been diligently attending training camp to prep for his rookie season, which involved a lot of digging, some sparring sessions with his older brother Bark, and ended with getting his own sweater.

Deke will wear No. 16 this season.

While Bauer the Hockey Dog obviously isn’t going to give up his Nashville Predators fandom, he’s found a college team to follow as well in Middle Tennessee State, since his brother plays for the Blue Raiders.

Preds office dog Smash has been hard at work over the offseason keeping Bridgestone Arena safe and protected from an invasion by scary mean rodeo bulls when the PBR visited.

Over on Twitter while waiting for the Washington Capitals to hit the ice again, Coco the Caps Fan went on vacation with her family, who complained about her poor manners. (Ungrateful humans.)

Preds fans Landry Agnes the German Shepherd, her little brother Puck and their friend Slapshot Geoffrion jones the Basset Hound are also eagerly counting down the days until the 2019-20 NHL season begins.

St Louis Blues fan Alex Pawtrangelo, a Maltese/Shih Tzu/Poodle mix, is hoping she won’t have to spend very much time in the (absolutely adorable) penalty box while watching games this year with her friend Katie, a Chicago Blackhawks fan.

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The 2019-20 NHL season begins Wednesday, October 2, as the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs kick off the season at 6 p.m. ET in Canada, while Washington and St Louis open things for American fans at 7 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. The Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers play at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN Plus, while the late game on NBCSN at 9:30 p.m. ET features the archrivals San Jose and Vegas.

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