There were ups, there were downs and there were unprecedented times this season.
So, when we looked back on the 2019-20 San Jose Sharks, we put together a list of our favorite moments based on what made us proud to be a part of Team Teal, significant moments for our franchise, and those that just put a big ol' smile on our faces.
11. Sharks Introduce Goal Songs
From Hakuna Matata to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme Song, the Sharks had fun with customized goal songs when they scored at SAP Center. See what songs were played when each player scored here.
10. 'Cuda Announce New Arena
Five years ago, the Sharks announced they were moving their American Hockey League affiliate to San Jose. Fast forward to this past January when it was announced that the team, the San Jose Barracuda, would receive a home of their own complete with 4,200 seats, suites, concession stands, and a party deck, of course. Bonus: not one but TWO sheets of ice are being added, so good news for all you beer leaguers wanting ice time.
An incredible accomplishment that is certainly worthy of recognition, especially since Marc-Edouard Vlasic is the first defenseman in Sharks history to reach the 1,000 game milestone all while wearing a teal sweater. Plus, the way his proud pup Kelly looks at him during the ceremony when he was honored just makes your heart melt.
8. Sharks players host Gilroy Strong fundraiser
Last summer the Bay Area was in shock when news spread about a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival just south of San Jose. Three victims lost their lives in the tragedy, while 17 others were injured. Shortly after a number of our players, led by future captain Logan Couture, held a fundraiser in Gilroy that raised more than $40,000 for the victims and their families.
7. Finn joins the team
Life is always better with dogs, so when our four-legged friend Finn joined the roster, it was pretty paw-some (sorry, had to do it).
6. Amazing Gray Drops the Puck on Hockey Fights Cancer Night
After being diagnosed with Leukemia a year earlier, Graysen Hooper, who is the daughter of two of our colleagues at the Sharks, has continued to be an inspiration to all of us at Team Teal with her resiliency and absolute adorableness. So, on Hockey Fights Cancer Night we knew we needed her to drop the ceremonial puck. And it was just perfect.
Keep being amazin', Gray.
5. Mario Ferraro Making the Roster
It was probably pretty unlikely that many had rookie defenseman Mario Ferraro making the roster right out of training camp in September, but he did just that. Not only did he impress his teammates by adapting to play alongside veteran blueliners like Brent Burns, but it was also pretty incredible to watch the rest of the Sharks take to the 21-year-old YouTuber dubbed the "Youngest of Plugs."
4. Couture Named Captain
When the media talks to Logan, they know exactly what they are going to get - the truth. That honesty has earned the respect of his teammates and media alike, couple that with his performance on the ice, and the captaincy seemed like a natural fit.
3. The Star of the Weekend
In arguably the most memorable moment of the Skills Competition and in "fun must be always" fashion, Tomas Hertl donned a paper Justin Bieber mask, playing on a challenge between Jordan Binnington and the singer, when he took on the St. Louis Blues goaltender in the save streak competition. He followed that with what we still think was the MVP performance of the All-Star Game when he scored five goals the following day helping the Pacific Division win the $1 million prize.
2. The Returns
We're not crying, you're crying. The emotional return of some fan favorites brought tears to everyone's eyes.
Forty-year-old Joe Thornton signed on for his 22nd season after agreeing to another year in San Jose. A little more than a month later Patrick Marleau made his return, even getting emotional on the Sharks bench. Finally, former captain Joe Pavelski got more than 90 seconds of applause in his first visit to the Tank since joining the Dallas Stars.
1. Selena's Wish is Granted
Watching Selena's reaction to her day with the Sharks, especially during her time with Joe Thornton, was priceless. From being in the team photo to having her face appear on Jumbo's dress socks, serious kudos are in order for the Sharks Foundation, who is continuing to set the bar with unforgettable experiences for our fans, like this one. You can relive Selena's wish by clicking here.