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Shark Life: Fan Fest

by Ann Frazier /

This past weekend featured one of the favorite (pre-)season events: Sharks Fan Fest presented by Bay Area BMW! 

Featuring autographs, photo ops, kids activities, player panels, and an absolutely legendary Legends Game, there was tons to do for fans of all ages. 

One of the new additions this year was the player panels, which provided some absolutely priceless moments. 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: ���If you had kids, which teammate would you NOT trust to babysit?��� #SJSharksFest player panel gold 😂

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Is anyone surprised at @Vlasic44���s answer for favorite part about playing for the #SJSharks? 😂 #SJSharksFest

Fans also got a chance to meet some of their favorite players, take photos in front of the incredibly iconic Shark Head, and shoot the puck on the SAP Center ice. 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Love seeing everyone here at #SJSharksFest!

Obviously, no Fan Fest is complete without the Sharks' biggest acquisition of the summer: Finn! Finn was at Fan Fest to help lead a panel on Canine Companions for Independence, the organization that's helping him on his journey towards becoming an assistance dog.

And he was totally adorable doing it. 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: A very good boy made it out to #SJSharksFest today! 😍@SharksPup helped lead a panel on @ccicanine alongside other assistance dogs.

Eventually, it became time for one of the marquee events: the Legends Game presented by Skyline Construction. The game was changed up this year; previously it had featured two teams full of Sharks Alumni, while this year's version pitted the Sharks Alumni against the women hockey players of the PWHPA. 

It was such a big game, Joe Thornton and family decided to stick around to watch (and catch up with former teammate Joel Ward). 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Watch until the end for a surprise! #SJSharksFest

The PWHPA ended up defeating the Sharks Alumni 3-2 in a hard-fought game. The crowd was treated to a surprise at the end: broadcasters Jamie Baker and Bret Hedican, who played in the game, presented new Sharks broadcaster and PWHPA player Kendall Coyne Schofield with her own Sharks jersey. 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Making it jersey official. 👏 @BretHedican and @Bakes_Jamie13 welcomed @KendallCoyne to Team Teal after the Legends Game!

All in all, it was a pretty legendary day. 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: 𝓛 𝓮 𝓰 𝓮 𝓷 𝓭 𝓪 𝓻 𝔂

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