Marc-Andre Fleury is so hot in Las Vegas people are naming their dogs after him.
Bark-Andre Furry, a 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier pup named after the Vegas Golden Knights goalie, is the fluffiest hockey fan in town, and he now has his own personalized jersey to wear while watching his beloved team in the Western Conference Final.
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Furry has a full assortment of Golden Knights apparel, including a bandana and a pet-sized jersey. But his new jersey, which is infant sized and was customized by the people at the Golden Knights team store at City National Arena, made him a viral sensation online.
“The personalized jersey came about as a result of local media attention and some prodding by Bark fans,” Furry’s owner Rick Williams told NHL.com. “With all the media attention surrounding the Golden Knights improbable rise, Bark has enjoyed more and more attention.”
Williams rescued Furry as a nine-month-old and named him Fenway, after Williams’ affinity for the Boston Red Sox. But when the Golden Knights selected Fleury in the expansion draft, Williams knew it was time to update his dog’s moniker.
“It was clear Fenway would need a proper hockey name to reflect our support of the Golden Knights,” Williams said. “Fleury being the highest profile player, and the cornerstone of our team, it seemed a natural choice.”
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Furry and Williams have been going to Vegas practices since training camp, and he has been known to share his opinions by barking at players through the glass at City National Arena. He started gaining recognition when more fans started attending practices in December, and his popularity took off after Golden Knights reporter Aly Lozoff shared a photo of him at a practice on Instagram in January.
Fleury has not yet met his namesake but has seen Furry at the practice rink and photos of him online.
“Really cute dog,” Fleury said.