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Shark Life: Selena's Wish

by Ann Frazier /

Sports are more than just the game on the ice - it's also about the fans in the stands or watching at home. 

One such fan is Selena Urban, a renal transplant patient from Los Banos, CA. 

She wasn't always a Sharks fan; her fandom actually started from watching games with her family during her treatment and while she was in the hospital. And when she was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, all she wanted to do was to meet the team that helped her through her treatments.

And the team decided to go a bit further. 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: First thing's first: joining in on the team photo! Joe Thornton - Selena's favorite player - was there to help her out onto the (very slippery) ice. @SharksCare | @SFWish

Yep, that's Joe Thornton inviting Selena out onto the ice to join the team photo.

Such a perfect photo. 

Joe Thornton had even more surprises in store - he asked her if he could drive her to the game the next day.

Oh, and he had socks with her face on them. 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: "He has my face on his socks!" Jumbo had a few more surprises for Selena before leaving. @SharksCare | @SFWish

The next day, Jumbo fulfilled his promise and picked Selena up from her hotel (and yes, he was wearing socks with her face on them). 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Best way to kick off Day 2 of Selena's wish?How about Jumbo picking her up from her hotel 👏 @SharksCare | @SFWish

As Thornton is notorious for arriving early to the arena - VERY early - he took the time to give Selena a tour of the Sharks locker room and led her out to the Sharks bench. 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Not everyone can say they got a tour of our locker room from Joe Thornton. But Selena can! @SharksCare | @SFWish

The day prior, Sharks head coach Bob Boughner asked Selena to do something pretty awesome: read out the starting lineup before the game. 

And she did! 

Soon enough was the highlight of Selena's night: dropping the puck at the game! 

While normally Sharks captain Logan Couture would take the draw, it only made sense that Joe Thornton would join Selena for this moment. 

Video: OTT@SJS: Selena Urban drops the puck

And the game was on! In the first period, Evander Kane scored to ensure that Selena would be able to celebrate with the crowd. 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: It���s her first #SJSharks game, so @evanderkane_9 made sure she could celebrate a goal. 😉@SharksCare | @SFWish

There was more to come during the game. A familiar face greeted Selena: Sam Tageson, who was the first Sharks Make-A-Wish recipient!

(Hayden Bradley, the other wish recipient, had planned to come but his hockey team advanced in a tournament so he couldn't make it). 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: From one Make-A-Wish recipient to another. We are so excited @sam_tageson was able to join us today and meet Selena!@SharksCare | @SFWish

After the game, the entire team stopped by to sign some autographs and take photos with Selena and her family. 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: The perfect way to finish off Selena's wish? One last 📸 with Jumbo, @Burnzie88, and @Str8ToTheBanc.Selena, it was our honor to host you for the past two days. We hope it was an experience you will never forget!@SharksCare | @SFWish

All in all, it was an unforgettable experience for Selena. And that's one of the reasons sports is so great: being able to provide such amazing memories for deserving people like Selena. 

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