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One of the best traditions in the NHL is when a special guest gets to drop the puck in the ceremonial faceoff just before the game. It’s even better when a dog—nay, a hero dog—participates and then gets to bask in the applause afterward.
On Sunday, a bomb-sniffing dog named Corporal Nero—who, according to the PA announcer, enjoys finding bombs, having his ears scratched, and playing fetch with his lance corporal—became the star before the Anaheim Ducks took on the Calgary Flames during Sunday’s Military Appreciation Night.
Although Flames captain Mark Giordano declined to pet the dog after the ceremony was complete—which led to plenty of criticism on this Reddit thread—most of us would agree with this sentiment: Corporal Nero is a good dog. He’s a very, very good dog.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.