The New York Rangers announced a new partnership with BluePath service dogs, welcoming Ranger on Tuesday afternoon.

The New York Rangers put forth a special announcement on Monday afternoon as Adam Graves introduced the newest Blueshirt to the team, Ranger, a yellow labrador who will be training with the organization to become a service dog to assist a child with autism.

Ranger was drafted, like most of his teammates, after a search was conducted by BluePath for dogs that meet only their highest standards.

Through training to learn the unique skills it takes to be a service dog and to be the perfect teammate for a family in need, Ranger will spend the next year with the New York Rangers training for his new assignment.

On his bio page at the Rangers official website, the team announced some interesting facts about a new favorite four-legged friend.

Fun Facts
  • Born on January 18, 2018
  • Favorite Player: Adam Grrrrraves
  • Favorite Place to Sit (and Stay): The Garden
  • Pre-Game Meal: Peanut Butter
  • How He Gets To Games: Subway
  • Top Skill: Puck Handler

BluePath Service Dogs, Inc is a non-profit, charitable organization. BluePath provides autism service dogs, offering safety, companionship and opportunities for independence to the child.

An autism service dog works alongside parents to keep a child safe. The dog is connected to the child via a specially designed tether system, and the dog is trained to “anchor” in response to a child running into a street or dangerous situation.

This immediate, emotionless reaction keeps the child safe – and often helps to reduce or eliminate this behavior.

In this day and age of social media, Ranger, like any sports star has his own Twitter account. He can be followed at @RangersPup so that he and all of his fans can be part of his growth from a cute puppy to a full-grown service dog.

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