Hockey-loving dog sits front row for Predators-Blackhawks

Photo by Jim Diamond (@diamondhockey).

P.K. Subban made his official debut for the Nashville Predators in the team’s home opener Friday night against Chicago. He scored his first goal and was all over the ice as Nashville won the game 3-2.

What a treat!

Speaking of treats, there was a good boy sitting front row at the game who would like one. This adorable fan was caught on camera and quickly became the centre of attention online.

AP Predators reporter Jim Diamond inadvertently got the great shot of the dog because he was taking some photos of Roman Josi carrying the puck.

Because of the reaction he was getting from the picture on Twitter, Diamond followed up and tracked down the owners to find out who the dog was.

Her name is Annie and she’s a service dog.

Wrote Diamond:

After introducing myself as a writer and a photographer, I told the surprised gentleman that I captured an interesting shot of his quadruped and asked if I could have his permission to use the photo in a post. He was more than happy to allow it. The owner’s name is Josh Ray, and his furry friend is an adorable Yellow Labrador Retriever named Annie. In addition to being cute, Annie is Ray’s service dog.

The game was Annie’s first hockey contest, and Ray said that she handled the noise and excitement like a champ. Service dogs are trained to handle all kinds of different circumstances, and with more than 17,000 yelling fans, loud music, and goal horns Annie just took it all in stride.

Check out Diamond’s full story in the link above and tell us you don’t want to pet Annie, the Hockey Dog.

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