Sports aren't just about the product on the ice (or field) and on the scoreboard. Sports are also about positively impacting the community and serving as inspiration to those around the team. And that's exactly what happened the weekend of January 19-21 for the San Jose Sharks.
On Friday, 15-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient Hayden Bradley was granted his wish: to become an honorary member of the San Jose Sharks. Inspired by Sam Tageson, who had been an honorary Shark in an earlier wish, Hayden only wanted to be a Shark for a day. However, the Sharks Foundation had bigger plans in mind.
The first day of his wish saw Hayden sign his contract and join his new Sharks teammates in an on-ice practice.
After showing off his stuff at practice - and answering many, many questions from the media - it was time for Hayden to rest up and get ready for the big day: the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Sharks gave him an experience as close to a player's day as possible.
Of course, the win against the Penguins wasn't the only game Hayden would get to enjoy. He was off to board the team plane to travel to Anaheim for the road experience.
Originally the plan was for Hayden to take a pregame Zamboni ride in Anaheim. However, now considered the team's lucky charm, Sharks captain Joe Pavelski asked Hayden to join the team in the locker room again and read out the starting lineup.
The Sharks and Hayden landed back in San Jose late Sunday night, with four out of four points in hand and a surely unforgettable weekend for Hayden.