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Pucks And Pups: Capitals Have Blast With Canine Calendar Shoot

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Capitals goalies Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following their optional skate on Thursday, the Washington Capitals geared up for another fun workout: playing with dogs.

The Capitals held their 2022 Caps Canine Calendar photo shoot on Thursday, which featured several players’ dogs and puppies from Wolf Trap Animal Rescue in Merrifield, Virginia. WTAR works to rescue pets who are at risk of neglect, homelessness and euthanasia from shelters and communities in the southern states.

Among the dogs to make appearances included Alex Ovechkin’s dog, Blake, T.J. Oshie’s dog, Sandy, Anthony Mantha’s dog, Millie, and of course, the Washington team dog, Biscuit. Most of the dogs will be available for adoption, and the calendar will be available later this fall.

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There were plenty of highlights from the shoot, including but not limited to:

Anthony Mantha and his doggo playing fetch — or trying to.

This pupperino falling asleep on Tom Wilson’s chest.

And this puppy getting some love from Carl Hagelin while chilling out in a hockey helmet.

Also, this dog trying to pull off the ultimate heist and escape from Ilya Samsonov’s glove and blocker.

Additionally, let’s not forget Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov getting ready for their close-ups.

Since 2012, Washington’s canine calendars have raised nearly $570,000 for local animal shelters, including Homeward Trails.

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