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.
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.
Tough game but amazing to see what hockey can do... Touching night to see Sam fly outta the shark...amazing experience at the tank— Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) March 19, 2014
Disappointing to lose tonight really wanted that one for Sam Tageson... what a great kid and makes you appreciate what you have! #rolemodel— jason demers (@jasondemers5) March 19, 2014