Puppies are taking over the NHL.
Meet Rookie, the new service dog in training for the Ottawa Senators.
Fans voted for the name and if they have their way, Rookie with be the league’s Calder Memorial Trophy winner as rookie of the year, too.
Thanks to the 1,000s of great submissions from our fans, our @CNIB future guide dog in training has officially been given his new name!
Everyone…meet Rookie! He’ll be taking in all the action at his first hockey game tomorrow afternoon! pic.twitter.com/H4cwwakKGD
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) January 4, 2019
The puppy joined the team at the end of December.
It’s part of an agreement with the CNIB to help raise puppies that will eventually become service dogs for people with vision loss.
We’re excited to announce that the Ottawa @Senators have become our newest volunteer #CNIBGuideDog puppy raisers! Step 1: Help them come up with a name. Read more at https://t.co/47K8L8z9GM. pic.twitter.com/Dy7vj18p0r
— CNIB (@CNIB) January 2, 2019
Rookie is just the latest four-legged teammate for the National Hockey League.
Previously we told you about the Winnipeg Jets team dog and the St. Louis Blues partner pooch.
It was love at first sight as our new #Sens pooch met his teammates for the first time after practice today. pic.twitter.com/gjZTJvPRWE
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) December 27, 2018
As for the Sens, they could use all the help they could get.
The team is currently at the bottom of the standings in their division.
The team looks to snap a six-game losing streak today when Ottawa hosts Minnesota.