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Sharks add Make-A-Wish superfan to team picture, invite her to drop puck

Thornton wears custom socks for Selena Urban, renal transplant patient

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Sharks honor Selena Urban

OTT@SJS: Selena Urban drops the puck

The San Jose Sharks honor Selena Urban from the Make-A-Wish Foundation as she meets her favorite team and has a ceremonial puck drop

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Selena Urban only wanted to meet the San Jose Sharks. She ended up in the team picture.

Thanks to the Sharks Foundation and Make-A-Wish Bay Area, Urban, a renal transplant patient, had a pretty big weekend.

She attended practice on Friday and the team's game against the Ottawa Senators where she dropped the ceremonial first puck.

It was at practice where forward Joe Thornton asked her to join the 2019-20 Sharks team picture, which the team later made its header photo on Twitter.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: First thing's first: joining in on the team photo! Joe Thornton - Selena's favorite player - was there to help her out onto the (very slippery) ice. @SharksCare | @SFWish pic.twitter.com/SiSuQd4XJS

But the surprises were only beginning.

Thornton showed her a pair of custom-made socks he ended up wearing to the game Saturday. The socks feature a cluster of photos of Urban's face, in which she is wearing her cap and gown from graduation.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: "He has my face on his socks!" Jumbo had a few more surprises for Selena before leaving. @SharksCare | @SFWish pic.twitter.com/CQzugQoe1T

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: THE SOCKS 🧦 @SharksCare | @SFWish pic.twitter.com/YNWF6d1nxK

Sharks coach Bob Boughner invited her to read the starting lineup in the locker room prior to puck drop.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Coach Boughner had a surprise for Selena 🤗 @SharksCare | @SFWish pic.twitter.com/w1Jhr7bM3t

On the way out of practice on Friday, Urban rode the team's Zamboni off the ice.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Day 1: ��� See you at the game tomorrow, Selena! @SharksCare | @SFWish pic.twitter.com/tfSC0y8kxo

On Saturday, Thornton picked up Urban at her hotel before the game and gave her a tour of the locker room.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Best way to kick off Day 2 of Selena's wish?How about Jumbo picking her up from her hotel 👏 @SharksCare | @SFWish pic.twitter.com/l6LGHWUicm

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Not everyone can say they got a tour of our locker room from Joe Thornton. But Selena can! @SharksCare | @SFWish pic.twitter.com/6PIt8TiJhW

The warmup pucks spelled out her name.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Tonight���s puck art means a little more. @SharksCare | @SFWish pic.twitter.com/rPl7suP5Nm

Of course, when her big moment came, instead of captain Logan Couture taking the ceremonial faceoff, it was Thornton.

And why not, he had the socks for the occasion, after all.

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