FILE PHOTO: Kevin Fiala #22 of the Minnesota Wild celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring. Fiala has a new four-legged teammate -- Breezer a service dog-in-training.
Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Service dog-in-training: Minnesota Wild signs new teammate

Hockey has gone to the dogs. 

The Minnesota Wild NHL team has adopted a new team puppy, signing the 12-week-old Labrador retriever to a one-year training contract, KARE reported.

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Breezer came from Coco's Heart Dog Rescue and will be learning the ropes, not as a goalie, but as a future service dog, the Wild announced this week

Team president Matt Majka and his wife Kym will be fostering and training Breezer for the next year, according to KARE.

Then he'll be "traded" for a training stint with Soldier's 6, a nonprofit that matches "honorably discharged veterans, police officers, and firefighters with specially trained K9's," team officials said.

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Breezer will be paired up with a veteran diagnosed with PTSD.

But before that, Breezer will have some jobs with the Wild, including public appearances with the team. His first will be at the Minnesota State Fair starting on Aug. 26. He'll also be at team practices and games, KARE reported

You can follow Breezer and his new hockey career on Twitter and Instagram.

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