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Meet Hamilton, the NHL therapy pig who is helping the Carolina Hurricanes in their Stanley Cup bid

THE CAROLINA HURRICANES have a secret weapon in the fight for the Stanley Cup – the therapy pig Hamilton.

It was another successful campaign at Raleigh that saw the Hurricanes reach their fourth straight postseason.

Therapy pig Hamilton is gearing up for the playoffs

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Therapy pig Hamilton is gearing up for the playoffs
The Hurricanes' unofficial mascot is a huge hit with fans

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The Hurricanes’ unofficial mascot is a huge hit with fans
He regularly stands on the tailgate before games

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He regularly stands on the tailgate before games
Hamilton poses for photos with fans and spreads love to everyone

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Hamilton poses for photos with fans and spreads love to everyone

The playoff series with the New York Rangers is currently tied 2-2 and goes into the all-important fifth game.

And fans will be hoping that the unofficial mascot, Hamilton, will bring them good luck in the potential decision.

Hamilton might not be allowed into the PNC Arena for every game, but the pretty pig is a big hit on the tailgate.

Hurricanes fan Kyle Eckenrode describes himself as “Hamilton’s father,” according to NHL.com.

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And the therapy pig is an Instagram favorite as it makes its pre-game rounds of the parking lot.

Kyle explains, “We bring him around and people are happy to see him and take some pictures of him.”

Kyle and his partner Karoline Briggs adopted Hamilton from a farm in Laurinburg in 2017.

And he now lives just down the road from the Hurricanes’ Raleigh Stadium, where fans often queue for pre-game snaps.

Eckenrode continues: “He’s great. He sleeps inside.

“He likes to lie on the couch so now we put him on the couch when we watch the canes games and that was our lucky charm.”

The origins of the pig’s name have nothing to do with either the popular stage play or ex-Hurricanes star Dougie Hamilton.

“WE CALL HIM HAMMY”

Kyle said, “His name is a play on words, HAM-ilton.

“That’s not why his name is Hamilton, but that’s why we like Dougie Hamilton.

“We call him Hammy. That’s his nickname.”

Hamilton can often be seen on match days being driven around in a small car with his name on the side.

And he’s a hit with the players, too — as evidenced by namesake Dougie Hamilton when he joined the New Jersey Devils last year.

In 2019, the Hurricanes rolled out the red carpet for their grinning friend and walked him through the stadium.

He got to watch a Section 108 playoff game before posing for photos with Dougie.

The Hurricanes welcome the Rangers for game five on Thursday, May 26th.

And Hamilton warmed up by wearing a Rangers badge during a viral video.

The winners of the series meet Tampa Bay in the conference finals.

The Canes have made the playoffs and are currently 2-2 with the NY Rangers

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The Canes have made the playoffs and are currently 2-2 with the NY Rangers
Hamilton is considered a lucky charm by fans

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Hamilton is considered a lucky charm by fans

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Aila Slisco

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