Golden Knights Lose Their Little Friend Just Before The Stanley Cup Final

S. Harper
June 3, 2023  (3:06 PM)

The Vegas Golden Knights have made their way back to the Stanley Cup final, marking their return since their inaugural season in 2018. Sadly, they will have to face this challenge without their beloved furry friend. Bark Andre Furry, the adorable little dog who captured the hearts of many, has passed away.

Bark Passes Away

Bark held a special place in the hearts of the people of Vegas, as he made visits to children, the elderly in hospitals, and even Vegas elementary schools. He had become quite the sensation, even having his own Twitter account. His presence was truly cherished.
In a tweet shared on June 2, 2023, Bark's owner, Rick Williams, expressed gratitude to everyone, ending with a heartfelt thank you and a paw print symbol. Bark's journey on Earth spanned from August 15, 2008, to June 2, 2023, and he will be remembered as a therapy dog who spread love and joy wherever he went. The hashtags #TherapyDog, #PawYouNeedIsLove, and #VegasBorn were used in the tweet to honor Bark's legacy.
Rick Williams initially rescued Bark when he was just nine months old and named him Fenway, after his love for the Boston Red Sox. However, when the Vegas Golden Knights arrived in town, Williams decided to rename him after the team's star goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury, who was considered the face of the franchise at the time.
In an interview with in 2018,
Williams explained the reasoning behind the name change, stating, "It was clear Fenway would need a proper hockey name to reflect our support of the Golden Knights. Fleury being the highest-profile player and the cornerstone of our team, it seemed a natural choice."

In May 2018, Furry received his own personalized jersey, cementing his place in the hearts of Golden Knights fans. His impact on the team and the community will be remembered as a part of the team's history.

What a ride!
Thank you everyone! ❤️
~ Bark🐾
August 15, 2008 - June 2, 2023