The New York Islanders have adopted a puppy from the Guide Dog Foundation and need YOUR help naming him!
How sweet is this little guy!?
Islanders players Matt Martin and Thomas Hickey helped select the puppy and now they’re looking to fans to help name him. Check out this media release courtesy of the Islanders’ official website:
“A few people fell in love with the one we picked,” Martin told the Islanders website. “I’m excited to see him grow.”
The team adopted the dog as part of their Puppy with a Purpose partnership with Guide Dog Foundation, and he will spend the next 14 months with the team while being raised to assist a blind or visually impaired child.
“It’s an amazing cause,” Martin said.
The dog already has an Islanders tie; his dad is named Sparky, which also is the name of the Islanders’ dragon mascot. Fans can vote for their favorite name through Tuesday, and New York will unveil the winning pick Sept. 5
The Islanders are the second New York team to introduce a service dog this month. The New York Rangers, the Islanders’ arch rivals, adopted a pooch that they named Ranger.
Fans can vote for their choice, by clicking the link in the tweet below:
Personally, our vote goes to Lou and in newly hired Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello. After all, wouldn’t you just love to see Lamoriello forced to sit through a photo op with his namesake?
Isles fans have already taken to social media with a few excellent ideas including Radar named after legendary head coach Al Arbor’s nickname, Clutterbark after Isles forward Cal Clutterbuck, Mathew Barkal after rookie of the year Mathew Barzal and, of course, as a final parting shot at departed captain John Tavares… Faithful.
Of course, the Rangers also adopted their own Guide Dog puppy earlier this offseason, giving him the name Ranger. Check out little Ranger's first time on the ice at the historic Madison Square Garden:
RangersTown, meet our new best friend, Ranger! In partnership with BluePath, @NYRangersPup will be training to become a professional service dog for a child with autism. Learn more about the path that Ranger is on