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Top 5 most ridiculous Washington Capitals photos with dogs

Greg Wyshynski
Puck Daddy

The Washington Capitals on Tuesday posed for a new calendar to benefit Homeward Trails Adoption Center, a non-profit organization that provides pet adoption services to the D.C. region.

Professional hockey players. Dogs. Props comedy.

A recipe for amazing.

Here are the top 5 most ridiculous photos to emerge from the shoot; see a few more from Sarah Kogod on the DC Sports Bog.

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5. Karl Alzner, Defenseman

These are Alzner’s dogs. We’d like to imagine they’re always wearing bow ties in an effort to “class up the place,” but then again we imagine Alzner’s the type of guy who buys the costumes you see at the front of PetSmart and dresses up his canine friends. For example, this was the first day in three years that the middle dog hasn’t been dressed like an astronaut.

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4. Braden Holtby, Goalie

Like James Franco at a Brooklyn luau.

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3. Mike Green, Defenseman

Mike Green’s dog is so adorably fat. It looks like its eyes are fixed on a box of donuts on the craft services table, ready to leap from the defenseman’s arms and cover its nose in powdered sugar like some kind of confectionary Tony Montana.

Meanwhile, it’s nice that they allowed Green to bring his own sunglasses to the shoot.

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2. Nicklas Backstrom, Center

“Nicklas Backstrom thought his Sweetness From Sweden male erotic revue gimmick was a surefire success until Mr. Jingles used his top hat as a chew toy …”

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1. Alex Ovechkin, Right Wing (PHWA: “Left Wing!”)

Here’s Ovechkin wearing the official Parade of Nations garb for Team Russia in Sochi (Putin loves Crocs like you wouldn’t believe). He’s posed with Hook, a one-eyed pitbull that inexplicably doesn’t wear a canine pirate patch. Ovechkin and Hook bonded quickly after the Capitals captain applied this sleeper hold on the dog until he passed out on the floor, prompting Ovechkin to say, "In your country, it's underdog; in my country, it's dog under Ovie."

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Greg Wyshynski is the editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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