Canine Cutie Wins It All With Best Puck Drop EVER [Video]

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
Adorable is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of hockey, but that’s certainly the way the game between the Anaheim Flames and the Calgary Ducks began with the best honorary puck drop ever!

The Anaheim Ducks recently hosted the Calgary Flames and celebrated Military Appreciation Night. It included all sorts of special guests and tributes, including Ducks players wearing camouflage jerseys in pre-game warmups and recognition given to decorated community veterans. But the cutest thing that’s possibly ever happened to hockey occurred when (Canine) Corporal Nero conducted the honorary puck drop.

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Corporal Nero is a bomb-sniffing German Shepherd who joined the Marine Corps in 2012 and has assisted in over 10,000 hours of military operations, along with his human handler, Corporal Brandon Benningfield. Both are stationed at USMC Camp Pendleton, and were guests of honor for Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli.

Corporal Nero was honorably introduced as having likes of finding bombs, having his ears scratched and playing fetch with Corporal Benningfield. We.can’t.even.

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He apparently was good luck for the Ducks too, as Ducks’ Captain Ryan Getzlaf gave Nero a nice head rub after he dropped the puck (to thunderous ‘applaws’), while Flames’ Captain Mark Giordano somehow overlooked the pup while greeting the other military members standing there for the puck drop. The Ducks went on to beat the Flames with a score of 4-1.

Just goes to show…when the bomb-sniffing dog drops the ceremonial puck in front of your stick, you rub his head.

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