We here at the Lighthouse Hockey Research Center for Clinical Sports-Focused Depression (LHHRCCSFD for short), pride ourselves in finding the small, almost imperceptible, joys of New York Islanders hockey, most often when none present themselves.
While this season has been a ruff one (please laugh) on the ice, the team has done at least one thing worth praising, and that is committing time to the North Shore Animal League, the largest animal rescue and adoption organization in the world. Last month, the team took pictures with rescue pups for a calendar that you can own starting next week.
The Islanders’ Pucks and Paws calendar goes on sale Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 and is available for purchase at both the Islanders website and animalleague.org. All proceeds go to North Shore Animal League America.
The calendar was unveiled yesterday at an event at the Empire State Building, and players Thomas Greiss, Nick Leddy and Calvin de Haan, who adopted one of the rescue dogs he took photos with at the shoot, were on hand to play with the pups, sign autographs, pose for more pics and generally be good dudes.
Here are a few pictures from the unveiling (all credits to Michael Le Brecht II. And thanks to DKC Public Relations for reaching out to us).
The Islanders have a gallery at their site with more photos. Hey, Jon Ledecky was there, too. That’s cool.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, less dogs more practice win hockey games not fetch hardy har har. Let’s all take a deep breath. And buy a calendar.