Bomb-Sniffing Dog Drops Ceremonial First Puck At Hockey Game

Corporal Nero, as well as United States’ and Canadian soldiers, were at Honda Center for Military Appreciation Night.

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Corporal Nero drops the ceremonial first puck.
Cari Jorgensen

My nephews get really excited whenever they see a service person in uniform, calling him or her an “Army guy” — regardless of the military branch they’re actually from. And if there’s a dog? Oh my gosh, it’s like I surprised them with a trip to Disneyland. The appreciation is shown on their little faces as they smile up at the military person and when they ask the dog’s owner if they could pet him.

In honor of the men and women — and dogs — who serve, National Hockey League team Anaheim Ducks holds an annual Military Appreciation Night. This year’s took place on November 6 at the Honda Center before the Ducks faced the Calgary Flames, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Nero, along with military and Ducks’ personnel, is ready to drop the puck. Via SPORTSNETCANADA/YouTube

Nero, along with military and Ducks’ personnel, is ready to drop the puck. Via SPORTSNETCANADA/YouTube

Joining the hockey teams were servicemen from the United States Special Forces as well as the Canadian Special Operations Forces. Standing front and center were Ducks’ owners Henry and Susan Samueli, Lance Corporal Brandon C. Benningfield and Corporal Nero, the bomb-sniffing dog who dropped the ceremonial first puck.

Who better to drop the first puck than Corporal Nero? Via SPORTSNETCANADA/YouTube

Who better to drop the first puck than Corporal Nero? Via SPORTSNETCANADA/YouTube

The adorable military dog dropped the puck and Ducks’ captain Ryan Getzlaf gave Nero a scratch on his head.

With such a dangerous job, it’s nice to see Corporal Nero get to play with a hockey puck.

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