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Kane delivers hockey, holiday cheer to kids on day off

Sharks forward, HIFE ambassador exposed sport to children in Oakland, participated in team's Holiday Assist Party

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Evander Kane spent Thursday spreading hockey and holiday cheer across the Bay Area.

The San Jose Sharks forward started by exposing hockey to kids in Oakland before helping families in need at the team's annual Sharks Holiday Assist party in San Jose.

Kane, the Sharks Hockey is for Everyone ambassador, played street hockey with children at Westlake Middle School in Oakland. Many were playing hockey for the first time.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Everyone deserves to experience the game of hockey. So we took a trip up to Oakland with @evanderkane_9 to grow the game and play with some of hockey's future stars! #HockeyIsForEveryone | @OICSharksIce pic.twitter.com/RJ75Z4nFyq

"We were able to introduce some kids at the middle school to hockey and get them familiar with the San Jose Sharks," Kane said in a video posted to Twitter. "Kind of just bringing kids maybe that don't get the opportunity to experience hockey that opportunity."

Then Kane trekked to the Oakland Ice Center where he took the ice and met with more kids, sled-hockey players and special-needs players as well.

He capped the day with some Sharks teammates and mascot SJ Sharkie for the annual holiday party. More than 30 families were hosted to dinner, hot cocoa, ice skating and merriment, and the Sharks surprised children with holiday presents.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Surprised with gifts at the end of the night! 🎁 pic.twitter.com/a7F9J09iL1

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