Hockey Player’s Best Friend: Capitals Welcome “Team Dog” Captain, in Training to Be Placed With a Veteran In Need; Makes Debut On Red Carpet with Alex Ovechkin

Photo: @Capitals

A common trend over the last few years in sports has seen organizations throughout the sports world welcome puppies in training to be service animals live among the daily goings on of team staff and personnel, a combination that has been widely popular. The Capitals are the latest NHL team to take on this project, as the team welcomed Captain, a 10-week old Labrador Retriever puppy as their official “Team Dog”, as he gets set to begin his socialization as a service dog and companion animal, in a video posted to social media.

Captain (who was born on July 22, 2019) will be joining the Caps for a year before he begins his proper service training through America’s VetDogs, a non-profit organization based in Smithtown, New York, that provides service dogs to veterans (active and past), and disabled first responders in need throughout the country. The total cost of the entire breeding, raising, training, and placement process is about $50,000, but the person receiving the dog is charged nothing.

Per his official Instagram and Twitter account (@CapsPup), Captain enjoys, “slick strolls on the ice, warm snuggles on the bench, and treats after a big win.” The Yellow Lab pup will undergo thorough socialization with members of the organization in preparation for his placement with a veteran or first responder. Captain made his public debut with Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin on the team’s Red Carpet prior to the team’s home opener against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Capitals enter tonight’s game against Carolina having won their first two games of the season on the road. For more info on Captain, read the Capitals’ official announcement HERE.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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