Rockford IceHogs

Watch some very good dogs race during AHL game (Video)

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For the fifth consecutive year, the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs showcased the talents of some very good dogs during their Pucks & Paws Night.

Fans were encouraged to bring their pups to BMO Harris Bank Center for the game against the San Antonio Rampage. There were dogs available for adoption and one special pup even got to do the honors for the ceremonial face-off before the game.

So as to not show up the very good dogs, the IceHogs lost 6-0, making the highlight of the evening the highly-anticipated Wiener Dog Race:

The winner of the race was Darby, a very, very good dog, who was focused on the task at hand and took the crown for the second straight year.

If we were running the Dog Rates Twitter account during the game, these pups were easily be worth a 13/10 rating. Easily.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

Bissonnette to join AHL club (Update: He’s signed with Portland)

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The agent for Paul Bissonnette has confirmed to ProHockeyTalk the forward is in talks to join an American Hockey League team.

According to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Coyotes have had discussions with Bissonnette. Arizona’s AHL affiliate is the Portland Pirates.

Updated: Bissonnette’s agent confirmed that his client has signed an AHL deal with the Portland Pirates.

Bissonnette had agreed to join the Cardiff Devils of the British Elite Ice Hockey League on Friday.

On Sunday, the Devils confirmed Bissonnette would not be joining the club.

“I just heard from Paul today (Sunday) prior to our game and he explained that he has been offered a deal in the American Hockey League that he hopes will lead to an NHL deal later this season,” said Devils Managing Director, Todd Kelman. “I told him that I was happy for him that he is getting a chance to get back to the NHL and as much as we are disappointed, we wish him success.

“I still would’ve taken the risk to bring him in. No hesitation on that, we had to try.”

Bissonnette, 29, has previously spent parts of four seasons in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

In 202 career NHL games with Pittsburgh and Arizona, Bissonnette has seven goals and 22 points to go along with 340 penalty minutes.