Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 | 2 a.m.
City National Arena is packed to capacity for a Golden Knights practice, all eyes on the ice, when a dog walks in wearing a Golden Knights jersey. Attention suddenly shifts.
The cute Jack Russell Terrier has been pretty popular ’round these parts since late last season, when owner Rick Williams created social media accounts with the handle @BarkAndreFurry for the 10-year-old dog. He’s named, of course, for Vegas goalie Marc-André Fleury.
Like his namesake, Bark-André also sports jersey No. 29. And just like Marc-André, Bark-André has goalie pads, courtesy of Fleury’s equipment provider, CCM Hockey.
Bark-André’s real name is Fenway. Williams says Bark-André is his alter ego, comparing his dog to Clark Kent and Superman. “When he puts on the jersey, he knows he is going to hockey,” Williams says.
Bark-André, who has nearly 20,000 followers on Instagram, is dealing with his newfound local fame well. He recently visited a sick child at Sunrise Children’s Hospital who’d requested his appearance. He has also helped raise money for charitable causes. “We are always looking for a reason to volunteer and give back to the community,” Williams says.
This story originally appeared in the Las Vegas Weekly.