Friday the 13th is often perceived as a day of bad luck.
However, Dan Boyle
hoped his trip to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose as the Honorary Bell Ringer would bring good luck.
The Sharks third-year defenseman and assistant captain visited the historic San Jose landmark to toll the bell thirteen times at 1300 hours (1 p.m.) in honor of Sarah Winchester, wife of Winchester rifle creator, William Winchester. Tolling the bell 13 times, a number Mrs. Winchester was believed to be obsessed with, is a House tradition that is said to bring good luck for the next year.
Entering his 13th professional hockey season (12th in the NHL), Boyle hopes the ringing of the bell will bring good luck to the Sharks and their upcoming season.
“I made sure this wouldn’t bring bad luck and I was told it’s going to bring good luck,” Boyle said. “So I’m looking forward to a lot of good things this year.”
Boyle was met by a group of fans who cheered as he was announced before ringing the bell. He notes he and his family are enjoying the transition into the San Jose community.
“Last year was a big step from the last year and hopefully this year will be another step in the right direction,” Boyle said. “We’re settled here now. We’ve been in our house for a year. So we’re pretty settled here, love it here, it’s good.”
Boyle admits his mother has been pressuring him to visit the Mystery House since he joined San Jose.
“I just got a little piece of what the house looked like, but I know my mother [has] been bugging me to come here,” Boyle said. “So when she comes in town, I’ll make sure to check out the whole house.”
It has been a relatively short summer for Boyle, who helped lead the Sharks deep into the 2009-2010 playoffs, but he has done his best to make the most of it.
“[It has been] pretty relaxing,” Boyle said. “It’s been a little different this year with the one-and-a-half year old. It’s pretty much been all about her, and that’s okay, I like it that way.”
It was pretty obvious the fans in attendance were enjoying the end of their summer as well, and having a positive Friday the 13th as they took pictures and had their Sharks memorabilia signed by Boyle.
Boyle looks forward to his future experiences in the House, especially if it truly does bring the good luck it promises.
“I hope this brings good luck,” Boyle said. “I’m curious and excited to come back and see what the rest of the house has in store.”