Pro hockey really has gone to the dogs.
At least for San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Édouard Vlasic who recently celebrated his 31st birthday with his beloved trio of pooches.
Kelly, Nicky and Macy — all rescue dogs — have long been at the NHLer’s side.
My kind of birthday party 🐶🐶🎈 would not have it any other way. pic.twitter.com/jB1nGAThpa
— Marc-Édouard Vlasic (@Vlasic44) April 3, 2018
Vlasic really does love his pups.
In fact, they are mostly what he talks about on social media.
An off day means an all dog day 🐶🐶🐶 pic.twitter.com/lPZgVTKIRY
— Marc-Édouard Vlasic (@Vlasic44) March 21, 2018
The Montreal-native treats his dogs as family.
— Marc-Édouard Vlasic (@Vlasic44) December 25, 2017
The Olympic gold medallist (for Team Canada in Sochi 2014) even has hockey-themed family portraits.
Family photoshoot. Thankful for my girls….and the World Cup of hockey. 😉 pic.twitter.com/r0577bM5n0
— Marc-Édouard Vlasic (@Vlasic44) September 3, 2017
Sharks for life! 👍 pic.twitter.com/oHIk9y4D4J
— Marc-Édouard Vlasic (@Vlasic44) July 1, 2017
And custom artwork.
This is awesome! They are perfect and the dogs agree. pic.twitter.com/T8JTDaQ8mZ
— Marc-Édouard Vlasic (@Vlasic44) September 24, 2017
Vlasic advocates pet adoption, often posing with animals in need of new homes, and publicly supports animal-friendly legislation.
Vlasic is married, but it’s pretty clear who rules on the home front.
(We’re almost positive his wife, Martine Vlasic, understands.)
Dogs really are this man’s best friends.
— Marc-Édouard Vlasic (@Vlasic44) June 8, 2015
Main photo @Vlasic44/Twitter