Sharks grant wish, honor fan Sam Tageson with contract

Sharks grant wish, honor fan Sam Tageson with contract
March 19, 2014, 9:30 am
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Sam Tageson

The Sharks’ loss to the Panthers on Tuesday was unremarkable in many ways. But for one young man, and for everyone who witnessed it, the night was unforgettable.

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Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 17-year-old Sam Tageson signed a one-day contract with the club and spent the full day as a San Jose Sharks player. He took the morning skate, skated out onto the ice through the shark head, stood on the blue line during the National Anthem, and was announced as one of the starters on the jumbotron.

Tageson, who had dealt with a heart problem since birth, was overcome with emotion when recognized on the big screen just before the game began.