Dogs play ball hockey dressed as Canadiens and Maple Leafs (Video)

Dogs and the NHL have found a closer connection this year.

The relationship took off with Bobby Ryan’s puppy goal, and then went a step further with Cam Atkinson’s puppy hat trick.

Now come dachshunds playing hockey, starring Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund.

The video involves Crusoe and his brother Oakley decked out in adorable mini Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs garb hitting around a ball in a driveway. It’s a feel good moment for Habs and Leafs fans, since both teams won’t make the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year.

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Crusoe is indeed quite a celebrity according to his website.

My name is Crusoe and I am a miniature black and tan dachshund. But don’t take ‘miniature’ too much to heart. I was named after Robinson Crusoe for my deep sense of adventure and my natural ability to instill fascination in the public eye. My tagline is “the wiener dog who thinks he’s more of a celebrity than he really is”, but I think at this point I pretty much am a celebrity!

He’s also Canadian, which explains the hockey connection.

I was born in Montreal, then raised near Mont Tremblant, Quebec for the first couple years of my life. It was then that I moved to the city, where I still am today, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. However, I take a lot of weekend trips back to my original home (now considered my chalet) in the country, or to Toronto to visit my brother Oakley.

There’s been a book written about him called “Crusoe, the Celebrity Dachshund: Adventures of the Wiener Dog Extraordinaire” which was a New York Times bestseller. He has over 163,000 followers on Instagram.

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