It was a big day for a small dog.
The crowd of families waiting for autographs howled as Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury skated off the ice Thursday after the team’s practice at City National Arena.
Fleury would get to the children later. His first stop was the 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier whose tail wagged anxiously as he waited to meet the man who inspired his public persona, Bark-Andre Furry.
Williams said he never expected such an opportunity when he jokingly came up with the dog’s new persona last summer after the NHL expansion draft.
“It wasn’t even a consideration,” he said. “It was the furthest thing from my mind.”
Fleury signed the back of Bark’s infant-sized custom jersey and Williams’ hat before getting to the long line of kids who were excited to meet him.
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“My wife showed me a picture of the dog online with the jersey with the name on it, you know, so I just had a good laugh at it,” Fleury later told a scrum of reporters, who probably mostly wanted to know what the team was doing to prepare for the Western Conference final.
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that goalie Marc-Andre Fleury removed his pads before meeting the Jack Russell terrier named Bark-Andre Furry.