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The 10 best team giveaways of the 2017-18 NHL season

Bobbleheads, banners and bearded beauties highlight list of incredible promotions

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Seeing the best hockey players in the world play is exciting, but a good giveaway can pump up a fan base even more.

Tuesday night in San Jose, the Sharks will be giving away one of the more unique bobbleheads: A shirtless Joe Thornton.

That one makes our list of best promotional items given away during the 2017-18 season. What else makes the cut? Funny you should ask.

 

10: Dominik Hasek bobblehead
Senators vs. Sabres, KeyBank Center, April 4.

The Buffalo Sabres have not revealed what the Hasek doll will look like, but we're here for The Dominator in bobblehead form, especially since he'll likely be wearing one of the team's great throwback uniforms.

 

9: Dale Hawerchuk mini banner
Arizona Coyotes vs. Winnipeg Jets, Bell MTS Centre, Nov. 14

Tweet from @NHLJets: Fans in attendance of tonight���s game will receive a replica Hawerchuk banner, presented by @Bell_MTS.Be sure to arrive early to grab yours! pic.twitter.com/uaTCeKOs3L

Many teams distribute mini banners to fans who attend games on celebratory nights. But the Jets earn bonus points for the awesome vintage logo that adorned Hawerchuk's jersey during his nine-season tenure with the team.

 

8: Obiz-Wan Kenobi bobblehead
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Arizona Coyotes, Gila River Arena, Nov. 25

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Who wouldn't want a Paul Bissonnette Obiz-Wan Kenobi bobblehead? Join us on 11/25 for @StarWars night when we take on the @GoldenKnights! https://t.co/dRnjvugaho

Paul Bissonnette is one of the NHL's best characters, he even has his own talk show now, and you can't go wrong by combining his shtick with Star Wars and a bobblehead.

 

7: Patrick Eaves beard
Winnipeg Jets vs. Anaheim Ducks, Honda Center, Jan. 25. 

Tweet from @AnaheimDucks: You don���t want to miss the game tomorrow! Grab your free @Patrick_Eaves Beard, courtesy of @bodhileafcoffee, and get bearded up early to see Eaves drop the puck as a thank you to the fans.����� https://t.co/pKYMYzWFwV pic.twitter.com/a3tKmIerW8

We like when team promotions highlight unique aspects about their players, so the Anaheim Ducks reach the list by celebrating Patrick Eaves' incredible beard and giving fans a quirky and fun giveaway, that can also double as a face warmer.

 

6: Marc-Andre Fleury paper mask
Calgary Flames vs. Vegas Golden Knights, T-Mobile Arena, March 18

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Be Like Marc ��Kids 14 years old and under will receive this Marc-Andre Fleury paper mask giveaway at tomorrow's game! �� Snag it at the entrances pic.twitter.com/YXg2L1KKiY

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has become the face of the Vegas Golden Knights, so a paper version of his spectacular mask was the perfect way to celebrate him.

 

5: Los Tiburones jersey
New York Islanders vs. San Jose Sharks, SAP Center, Oct. 14

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: #SJSharks promotional schedule is out! �� https://t.co/jivc6HqD3g pic.twitter.com/a0sgU80ith

The San Jose Sharks celebrated Hispanic Heritage Night by sporting spectacular warmup jerseys before their game against the New York Islanders, and those lucky enough to attend the game got an incredible replica jersey of their own.

 

4: Shirtless Thornton bobblehead
New Jersey Devils vs. San Jose Sharks, SAP Center, March 20

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: We believe this is Joe Thornton. He is walking around downtown San Jose and doesn���t give ONE HELL.Get the bobblehead in a ticket pack: https://t.co/71BrL1leOG pic.twitter.com/shNJTdKoTY

If you loved Brent Burns and Joe Thornton wandering around Pittsburgh without shirts, or took a look at them in the ESPN Magazine "Body Issue," the Sharks have the perfect item for you.

 

3: Joel Quenneville mustache
Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks, United Center, Oct. 12

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Who knows, if it (?) answers your question, you could win a @PowerShares #QQQStache of your own! pic.twitter.com/4BiTceEKfB

Joel Quenneville's mustache has become the stuff of legend, it even has its own social-media presence, which is why the Chicago Blackhawks were brilliant to offer a replica version for their game against the Minnesota Wild in October.

 

2: Capitals gravy boat
Ottawa Senators vs. Washington Capitals, Capital One Arena, Nov. 22

Tweet from @Laughlin18: The Capitals Annual #Capsgiving is tomorrow!Purchase a #CapsGiving ticket package and receive an ice resurfacer gravy boat! It's awesome! pic.twitter.com/KDVD1zWu2G

The CapsGiving celebration on Thanksgiving Eve is an annual tradition in Washington, and besides the incredible (link) in-game entertainment (https://www.nhl.com/news/washington-capitals-fans-dress-as-turkeys-for-capsgiving/c-293279810) fans who attended this year received a helpful item for Thanksgiving dinner.

 

1: Dylan Larkin 'D-Boss' bobblehead
Florida Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesars Arena, Dec. 11

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Who���s ready for some hot & spicy snips? D-Boss bobblehead night TONIGHT.First 7500 fans through the doors.Presented by @chevrolet.#FLAvsDET #LGRW pic.twitter.com/6To1WqjDHn

Before he was an NHL star, Dylan Larkin was a YouTube icon known as "D-Boss," and the Detroit Red Wings found the perfect way to marry his past and his present for an awesome item.

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