Posted on June 7, 2019
By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter
Alright fans, if this doesn’t make your Friday better, we don’t know what will. Barclay, the yellow lab you may have seen crashing practice or hanging with Doc Emrick (NBC) before a big game, was taken in by the St. Louis Blues last year, following in the footsteps of the New York Rangers who brought in a dog that works with fans with autism. He earned his name after a fan vote (you know how much we LOVE those 😉), and is named after former Blues player and coach, Barclay Plager.
The team agreed to be puppy raisers for a non-profit in St. Louis that trains service dogs. And we say the team, we’re talking about EVERYONE from the Blues, both on and off the ice. With his exposure to such a large group of people, 24 hours a day, he will hopefully graduate to become a service dog for someone with a disability or potentially a courtroom dog that sits with children who have to testify.
Do any of our fans want to see a dog run out onto the field with their team on game days? Or for those planning on attending games in person, do you want to see one greeting you as you walk into the building? Or would you all be satisfied with seeing shots of your favorite players spending time at a local animal shelter in their downtime between practices? Let us know! In the meantime, we’ll keep our eyes peeled during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals to see if Barclay makes an appearance!