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Shark Life: Martin Shines A Light On Children's Mental Health

by Ann Frazier /

While the offseason is wrapping up as more and more players return to San Jose for captain's skate and training camp, there was still time to throw a party for a good cause.

Over the weekend, Sharks defenseman Paul Martin held his inaugural ShineALigh7 Charity Concert in Minneapolis, MN. ShineALigh7, Paul Martin's new non-profit foundation, is dedicated to raising awareness and changing the stigma around children affected by bullying, depression, and mental health illness. 

"Throughout my NHL journey I've been able to step away from the game to spend time with children and families who need love and support," said Paul Martin on his website. "Continuing this journey, I hope we can shine more light on Mental health Illnesses and the stigma surrounding them."

The event itself was a star-studded affair, headlined by the Shane Martin Band and included teammate Brent Burns and Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise. 

Sidenote: Martin and Burns are on track to be the hairiest defense pairing in the NHL.

By all accounts, the event was a success.

Tweet from @deannakaytv: What an amazing inaugural @ShineALigh7 ��� concert at @FirstAvenue �� Proud to help #ShineALigh7 on #MentalHealthAwareness �� #PaulMartin

Tweet from @PaulFletcher97: Hey @Burnzie88....Thx for letting me make you feel awkward (which I can't imagine is easy) Transfer of #beardpower #beardHOF #shinealigh7

Tweet from @ShineALigh7: When cousins come together for the best reasons! Tonight was so special, we have very few words... @ShaneMartinBand

Between raising money and having a good time, Paul Martin also found time to takeover the San Jose Sharks Instagram Story.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Paul Martin has taken over our Instagram story for @ShineALigh7!Follow now at

In the end, the event was a success, with over $100,000 raised in support of children's mental health. 

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