If you walked into Sharks Ice at Fremont on March 30, you may have thought the shaking kids were shivering from the cold ice. In actuality it was from the mass hysteria of having Stanley Cup winner and former Sharks hockey legend Mike Ricci show up at their end of the year hockey party.
Ricci arrived during the family skate celebrating the seasons end the day before. The Mighty Mites League had about 50 kids enrolled, composing four distinct teams, during its 12 week session. The kids range from 5-13 years old and were split into the following teams: The Fremont Bruins (champions), Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, and Canadiens.
The moment the retired hockey veteran walked into the rink he was bombarded with a frenzy of excited questions from fans young and old. “What’s your favorite hockey team?” they asked. “Who’s your favorite player?”
After the fun-filled day on the ice, Ricci and the families retreated to Stanley’s, the facility’s restaurant, where they indulged in as much pizza as their fingers could grab. With their bellies full the kids lined up to get autographs and take pictures with the famous Shark.
With many pictures signed, smiles snapshotted, and days made, Ricci left Sharks Ice to rush over to the Shark’s 3-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at HP Pavilion. Since he began his position as Sharks ambassador, Ricci has attended numerous outings ranging from fan appreciation to Sharks Foundation philanthropic events. With his kind demeanor and laid back attitude he truly encompasses the down-to-earth sincerity that embodies the San Jose Sharks franchise.
“Mighty Mites League is so appreciative to the San Jose Sharks, especially Mike Ricci who came through to hang out with us and create some great memories,” said Director of the Mighty Mites League Ian Fazzi. “Everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly!”
Sharks Ice at Fremont is a subsidiary of the San Jose Sharks and offers many different programs for skating fans of any age, ability, and style. For more information, please visit http://www.sharksiceatfremont.com