The Stanley Cup playoffs are underway, and the NHL has become a viral sensation on social media. The dogs of some players have been getting the most love β€” here is our ranking of all 16 teams with their favorite pets in tow, from best to worst.

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Ranking the NHL's best team dogs

The 2021-22 NHL season is already started, and with the chance to win the Stanley Cup on the line, players from all around the league are eager to see their opponents fail. While the action in this dogfight of a league heats up, it’s time for a new type of ranking: a list of the top NHL team dogs.

For those scratching their heads (or ears), many NHL clubs have team dogs, many of which are undergoing training to become service dogs via various organizations. These adorable puppies can be seen all throughout the team’s facilities, snuggling up to the players, posing for selfies with fans (hopefully not rabid ones), and becoming social media darlings.

Disclaimer: Each and every one of these dogs is a nice dog, and none of them is a terrible dog. The rating is based on a complex and scientific system of elements, including cuteness, name, and numerous puppy antics, among others.

Now it’s time for the rankings!

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Although they aren’t real dogs, they do receive a virtual belly scratch. Harvey was the first NHL mascot, initially presented in 1983 by the organization. Harvey is a charming name, and the alliteration with “hound” is effective, but it isn’t the most hockey-centric nickname.

Bernie, on the other hand, is a charming St. Bernard-based mascot with a strange past. Bernie would rise in the rankings if he had a canine companion. Avs management, we don’t believe we’re barking up the wrong tree with this idea.

THE KNIGHTS ARE THE WINNERS! #VictorySausage #GoKnightsGo #VegasBorn #CBJvsVGK #HockeyFightsCancer Final: @BlueJacketsNHL [email protected] 3 Bark#VictorySausage #GoKnightsGo #VegasBorn #CBJvsVGK #HockeyFightsCancer pic.twitter.com/HHEIKFNmWf

November 21, 2021 — Bark-André Furry (@BarkAndréFurry)

The Golden Knights have a therapy dog named Bark. He’s a sassy Jack Russell terrier with a lot of personality. Bark’s moniker is a pun on the renowned Knights goaltender Marc-André Fleury (now with the Blackhawks). Of course, Bark brings a lot to the table in terms of attractiveness and overall fluff, and we’re sure the Knights’ tails are wagging at the prospect of having Bark between the pipes.

Our new puppy is ready for the game tonight!

What are you all listening to this evening? pic.twitter.com/7fJTO83N6I

— October 14, 2021, New York Islanders (@NYIslanders)

Puppies are the purest, happiest, most beautiful animals on the earth, and the Isles’ pup is almost too adorable to bear. Try staring at a photo or video of him for a time and see how much it hurts your heart. But it’s a positive pain, not the same type of hurt that the team’s supportive supporters have been suffering since the team’s poor start.

Flex is being raised by one of our workers with the help of the #Oilers Community Foundation, with the aim of one day graduating to become a qualified Assistance Dog! πŸ§‘πŸ’™ pic.twitter.com/woXm9bL4l7

— September 3, 2021, Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers)

The Oilers welcomed Flex to their lineup in September, and the 5-month-old Labrador is proving to be as promising as captain Connor McDavid. Flex’s name may be more ice-related, but her amazing looks and hard dedication have catapulted her to the top of the charts.

#NationalDogDay has arrived!!! pic.twitter.com/WevsDhLxEW

August 26, 2021 — Lord Banner of Smashville (@PredsNHLPup)

Smash’s name conjures up images of “Smashville,” and predators should be menacing and frightening in principle. Smash is none of these things. He’s animated, has a big grin, and his tongue seems to be capable of slurping up a Stanley Cup-sized bowl of water. Smash has also lately become pals with a champion team dog. That’s exactly what we want to see: friendly, sports-dog-like behavior!

I’ve heard that images of game-day outfits should be posted on the internet: pic.twitter.com/rEu5JrPd3v

October 13, 2021 — Bolt (@boltspup)

Bolt has a hilariously creative name and is one of the squishiest-looking puppies in the group. He’s also the most recent Cup winner, so you might argue he’s the best of the bunch.

Barclay has been with the Blues since 2018, including their Stanley Cup-winning team in 2019, when he was dubbed “the first ever Stanley Cup champion,” according to the Blues’ website. Barclay’s surname is a heartfelt homage to Blues superstar Barclay Plager.

Greetings, Rick!

This season, we’re excited to announce our relationship with @WNYHeroes and their Pawsitive for Heroes program to bring Rick into the Sabres family.

More information may be found at https://t.co/SGa1EaYGEz pic.twitter.com/XGdYNE4lK7

November 9, 2021 — Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres)

Fans of the Sabres haven’t exactly had it easy in recent years. This season, in particular, has been excruciating. Sabres supporters have been seeking for anything positive to concentrate on, from an unexpectedly great start that soon faded to the Jack Eichel trade. Rick, the fluffy, gorgeous Newfoundland dog, is named after legendary Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret. Fans of the Sabres may now finally rejoice.

pic.twitter.com/w7EW6m4vWG eagerly waiting for my friendssss @mnwild to playyyy

Celly (@mnwildpup) November 2, 2021 — @mnwildpup Celly (@mnwildpup) November 2, 2021

Celly, without a doubt, has the best team dog hockey name: “Celly” is a term for a goal celebration. Celly is as cute as his name implies: his ears point straight up like a hockey stick, and he has unequaled enthusiasm. Celly was also seen making a steal during a Wild preseason game that rivaled teammate Kirill Kaprizov’s silky skills.

Check that out, they had one with my name on it!! pic.twitter.com/vUcmj7raQl

November 5, 2021 — Biscuit (@CapsPup)

Biscuit has it all: beautiful looks, a terrific hockey moniker (“biscuit” is a nickname for the puck), and a promising start in team dog antics. Biscuit has been kissing, jogging on ice, doing weights, seeing landmarks, meeting his predecessor Captain, and tweeting nonstop. Biscuit has a bright future in our league, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he does next.


Special mentions: Those who have graduated

Without including the team canines that have subsequently gone on to their service responsibilities and beyond, an NHL paw-er ranking would be incomplete:

Finn, San Jose Sharks Ranger, New York Rangers Captain, Washington Capitals Luna, Arizona Coyotes Tori, New York Islanders, Radar, New York Islanders, Flambo, Montreal Canadiens, Rookie, Ottawa Senators, Breezer, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild,


Non-dog category gets an honorable mention.

The Dallas Stars receive a mention here for adopting a calf in 2019 and naming him Mike Moodano (a pun on franchise legend Mike Modano):

Moodano, Mike.

That is all there is to it. That’s the message in a nutshell. pic.twitter.com/PTshZOBlrE

July 19, 2019 — Dallas Stars (@DallasStars)

The New Jersey Devils, on the other hand, don’t have a team dog (yet), but they have a wonderful sense of humor about it:

Finally, we have a team dog!

Barren is his name. pic.twitter.com/QAgk93gJqH

December 8, 2020 — New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils)

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