A handful of lucky Sharks fans were surprised when they opened their front doors this week to be greeted by San Jose Sharks players.
, Marcel Goc, Devin Setoguchi and Jonathan Cheechoo were among the NHLers who personally delivered tickets and autographed photos and jerseys to randomly selected season ticket holders. S.J. Sharkie also delivered tickets to many accounts.
“It’s awesome just to get out and meet the fans,” Setoguchi said. “We have the best fans in the entire league. It’s good to get out and meet the people that support our team and keep the organization going.”
Brian Elliot, a season ticket holder since the Sharks first season in 1991, was delighted to see Setoguchi standing on his doorstep.
“(My account rep) said she was going to come by and with someone from her office,” Elliot said. “She didn’t tell me who and I didn’t know any of the other stuff going with it, but it was very cool.”
Elliot showed Setoguchi all the Sharks memorabilia in his house, which included his son Ben’s room. The room which had a huge Sharks logo painted on the wall, included a dry erase whiteboard with “Make bed” and “Pick up clothes off floor” listed as chores.
Setoguchi autographed Ben’s whiteboard and wrote, “Sorry I missed ya. P.S. I always made my bed.”
“I’m gonna hear about it. I’m definitely gonna hear about it,” Elliot said when asked how his son will react when he finds out Setoguchi was in his room.
Cyndi Garbers also was not notified that a player would be delivering her tickets when she got a phone call from her account representative the day before.
“I was talking to a friend last night and I was like, ‘something’s not right, well maybe they were trying to do good PR,’” Garbers said. “I really didn’t think about it, but it was a great surprise.”
“All the little kids in my life are gonna be so excited,” Garbers said as Setoguchi signed pictures for her.
More deliveries are scheduled for this week.
“We thought it would be a fun way to kick off the season for some of our fans,” said Sharks Executive Vice President of Business Operation Malcolm Bordelon. “I know the players enjoyed doing it and it’s just a way to let our fans know we appreciate their support.”