Return of the puppy challenge: Wiener dog edition

Last season hockey fans were introduced to the phenomena known as ‘The Puppy Challenge.’

Children made posters and put them on the glass during warmups to show their favorite NHL players that they’d get a dog if said player scored during the game

Both Bobby Ryan and Cam Atkinson came through when put to the test.

In Vancouver on Wednesday night, Bo Horvat received the first Puppy Challenge of 2017; however, it was slightly different. The child above asked specifically for a wiener dog (or for you AKC buffs, a dachshund).

That’s a short-haired version. There are also long-haired breeds.

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Top 10 fan moments of 2016 (Puck Daddy Year in Hockey)

(Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)

Without fans there would be no NHL. Here we celebrate our fellow puck heads that love the game as much as we do … or maybe a little too much.

10. Kevin Spacey the newest, most excited Florida Panthers fan

The ‘Spacey in Space’ sweatshirt donned by the Florida Panthers became a league-wide phenomena in the 2015-16 season. Even Kevin Spacey, whose likeness is on the sweatshirt, got in on the fun by sending videos to play on the jumbotron during games.

He finally attended a game in Sunrise in March. The crowd was outfitted with Spacey’s face on a stick and the actor donned one too until the big reveal.

For a decorated actor such as Spacey, this appeared to be one of the most joyous moments of his life.

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