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PHOTOS: Hockey players are joining the dog adoptions in Sochi

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

American athletes are scooping dogs faster than they're scooping up medals at the Winter Olympics.

Renowned animal lover David Backes is leading a bit of a charge among American hockey players to adopt some of the stray dogs that have been roaming the streets of Sochi. Before the Games it was reported dogs were being wrangled up and euthanized. It's not coincidental that athletes have been taking dogs in.

Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, who won a silver medal, has taken to a few dogs that he's working on getting back to the US. Snowboard Lindsey Jacobellis has also fallen in love with a pup that she wants to bring back. Now Backes and his St. Louis Blues teammate Kevin Shattenkirk are in on the mission as well.

Backes and crew are indeed serious as he reached out to Kenworthy on Twitter to ask for advice for he and his teammates. Considering Kenworthy's return to the States is delayed by trying to get the dogs back, he might not be of a whole lot of help.

Backes and Shattenkirk aren't the only hockey players in on the dogs, though. Ryan Miller tweeted this picture with a little more explanation.

Yet another hockey player, American women's star Kelli Stack, is also interested in bringing home a new friend.

Hockey players love them some dogs. Here's hoping they can all get their new four-legged friends back to North America with little issue, sure beats the other fates these dogs were facing in Sochi.

S/t Sporting News

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