On Sunday, March 20, 31 hockey players ages 21 to 55 experienced a day in the life of a San Jose Sharks player at Shark for a Day Fantasy Camp presented by HockeyGiant, raising over $57,800 for the Sharks Foundation.
The day before camp, HockeyGiant hosted the first-ever Camp Kickoff, offering complimentary skate sharpening, discounted shopping and a barbeque lunch. All campers received a tailored stick fitting from a CCM representative and each participant took home a stick that day as a “thank you” for their participation.
On Sunday Fantasy Campers arrived at SAP Center and were immediately greeted by their alumni coaches and teammates. Sharks alumni Jeff Odgers and Curtis Brown took the reigns as head coaches, while Jamie Baker, Scott Hannan, Evgeni Nabokov and Mark Smith rounded out the rosters for each team. Comcast SportsNet broadcaster Brodie Brazil also surprised everyone as a special guest player.
Throughout the day, participants replicated the same routine Sharks player have on a game day, including: a stretching session led by Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Mike Potenza, a morning skate with instruction from alumni coaches and a surprise visit from defenseman #88 Brent Burns, a game footage video tutorial led by Video Coordinator Dan Darrow and Assistant Coach Steve Spott and participated in the cornerstone of the event, a 60-minute regulation game that began by skating through the iconic Shark Head on the ice at SAP Center.
By the time team mascot SJ Sharkie dropped the puck, nearly 100 fans were in attendance – many being family and friends of the campers – helping get everyone in game mode. The alumni also let loose as Nabokov, who is known for his many years as a goaltender with San Jose, participated as a forward. Hannan and Smith exchanged friendly pleasantries, giving everyone in attendance a good laugh.
Team White held a steady lead throughout the game, however Team Teal, with the help of a hat trick from Nabokov, worked their way back into the game forcing sudden-death overtime. Then seconds in, first-time participant Brett Lynnes scored the game-winning goal for Team Teal, as they took the 8-7 victory.
An afternoon VIP SAP Center tour led campers to a private Terrace Suite on the Penthouse Level where they enjoyed a happy hour hosted by Sharks Sports and Entertainment Chief Operating Officer John Tortora. Campers and their guests then stayed to view the Sharks win over the Arizona Coyotes.
The Sharks Foundation would like to thank HockeyGiant, who served as the first-ever presenting sponsor for Shark for a Day Fantasy Camp, as well as Vineyard 7 & 8 General Manager & Associate Winemaker Wesley Steffens, who donated wine to be enjoyed in the evening’s suite and participated as a camper in goal for Team White. Funds raised by the Sharks Foundation’s 2016 Fantasy Camp will help improve the lives of underserved youth and families in the
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