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Shark Life: Seeing Double

Joe Thornton's doppelganger is found in Vancouver

by Ann Frazier /

Joe Thornton didn't make the trip to Vancouver… Or did he?

A fan with an eery resemblance to the legendary Jumbo Joe appeared at Saturday's game between the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks. Clad in a classic Sharks jersey and rocking a beard only slightly more tamed than the one on Thornton's face, he had Sharks and Canucks fans (and official twitter accounts) doing a double take all night.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Whoa.

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Shark Life: Making Dreams Come True

Brent Burns leaves Vancouver at least two sticks lighter

by Ann Frazier /

It's for the kids.

The Sharks left Vancouver at least two sticks lighter after two young fans caught the attention of Brent Burns during warmups prior to Saturday's game. 

The first fan had gone to the glass for warmups, armed with a sign that spelled out a wager she had made with her parents: if she gets a stick from Burns, she gets a dog.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: What do you say, Burnzie? ��

Brent Burns, a notorious animal lover, couldn't ignore that request. 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Out here making dreams come true.

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Shark Life: Game, Set, Match

by Ann Frazier /

Last night's Match For Africa 5 at SAP Center was the place to be if you're a tennis fan in the Bay Area. Featuring Roger Federer, Jack Sock, Bill Gates, and Savannah Guthrie, it was a star-studded event that saw Federer play in the Bay Area for the first time in his career. 

With no games until Thursday, it was no surprise that some of the San Jose Sharks decided to take in the charity match. 

Joe Thornton, Timo Meier, and Tomas Hertl, among other members of the team, were in attendance for both the doubles and singles charity matches. And they even got to meet the GOAT himself. 

Instagram from @tmeier96: What an honour to meet @rogerfederer today and watch him play for a great cause #rf #goat ������

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Shark Life: Teal Couple Travels

Sharks fans completed their bucket list of visiting every road city

by Ann Frazier /

What do you do if the hockey bug has bit you so hard, 41 home games isn't enough?

Meet Paul and Shereen. Known by their hashtag #TealCoupleTravels on social media, they are a die-hard Sharks fan duo who recently completed their bucket list of visiting all 30 road cities in the NHL, cheering on the Sharks all the way.

Tweet from @tealgirl89: @NHL Arena dream fulfilled! Number 31 of 31! Bittersweet! @sharksfanatic89 @SanJoseSharks @sharkvoice @DanRusanowsky @BrodieNBCS @Bakes_Jamie13 @BretHedican @Burnzie88 @Logancouture

"After a few years of being season ticket holders and not missing a single game, we always felt 41 games just weren't enough to cheer on the team," said Paul in an interview with "We decided to take a quick road trip to watch the Sharks take on both our SoCal rivals late in the 2012-2013 season and, despite going 0-2 on the trip, it sparked an idea. The following season the Sharks happened to be playing in Montreal and Ottawa on Shereen's birthday weekend, so we jumped on the opportunity to travel to Canada in October for hockey. We swept that trip and instantly started plotting our future endeavor. 

"The rest is history."

Over the next five years, Paul and Shereen slowly ticked off each of the NHL's road cities, starting in Los Angeles in 2013 and finally finishing their very impressive bucket list on February 2, 2018 in Columbus. Their overall record - "the second most frequently asked question," according to Paul - was just over .500 at 15-13-2, but they enjoyed the experience no matter the outcome. 

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Shark Life: Monday Night Raw

Brent Burns attends WWE Raw at SAP Center

by Casey Krygier /

Sometimes you can't help the temptation of going to your workplace on your night off, especially when WWE is in town. That was the case for Brent Burns on Monday night when he and his family attended WWE's Monday Night Raw at SAP Center. 

Burns' attendance to the wrestling match may not have been a huge surprise after his Twitter banter with WWE's Bludgeon Brothers.

Tweet from @LukeHarperWWE: Lucky that Raw is heading to San Jose next week and not the BLUDGEON brand. Rowan told me he doesn't like the look of these 2. Hey @sanjosesharks tell the boys to keep their heads up.

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Shark Life: Granting Hayden's Wish

Make-A-Wish recipient Hayden Bradley joined the San Jose Sharks for the weekend

by Ann Frazier /

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.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Meet Hayden Bradley. Born with a congenital heart defect and having lost his high school to the North Bay fires, his one wish is to be part of the #SJSharks. And thanks to @SharksCare and @SFWish, we���re making that happen today.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: BREAKING: #SJSharks sign defenseman Hayden Bradley to a standard players contract.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Hayden thought it was a one-game #SJSharks contract but, we had a little surprise for him. #roadtrip

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Shark Life: From the Mask to the Skin

by Casey Krygier /

Recently Aaron Dell got a new tattoo- during the holiday break on Christmas Eve to be exact. What new ink did he get you ask? Just take took at his goalie masks and you might be able to guess.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Let's just say that @ADell32's new mask is ��.Get a �� in his newest blog:

"I've had scarecrows on all my masks since college, so I figured it was time to get one on my body". Aaron Dell's inspiration for the scarecrow comes from the fictional supervillian in Batman.

This is Dell's seventh tattoo so he wasn't phased by the pain. "This one actually didn't hurt too much. Just a little by my armpit and upper forearm." Despite the size of the piece done by local artist Jessie Heart, Aaron Dell noted it only took and hour and forty minutes.

Tweet from @jessiehearttat2: Tattooed this guy today!! Thanks again @ADell32 you are awesome! @SanJoseSharks @NHL #hockey #tattoos #scarecrow #SJSharks

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Shark Life: A Hair-Raising Start

by Casey Krygier /

It was just your average puck drop at 4:08 p.m. when Joe Thornton and Nazem Kadri got nixed from the face-off circle for slashing. Neither of them ready to end things, they decided to drop gloves and make things interesting just two seconds into the game.

Tweet from @BrodieNBCS: JUMBO FIGHTS :02 into the game!#SJSharks | #TMLtalk

Dropping the puck right along with gloves seems pretty unconventional enough for a game start but, things got even more obscure. After the refs blew their whistles and Jumbo and Kadri skated to their respective penalty boxes, there appeared to be something left on the ice. What is it you ask? A chunk of Joe Thornton's beard!

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Shark Life: A Very Good Puck Drop

Sharks fan and his companion dog take part in the ceremonial puck drop

by Ann Frazier /

It was a very good ceremonial puck drop.

Last night, 17-year-old Sharks fan Danny McHale and his companion dog Lake had the honor of dropping the puck before the game against the Vancouver Canucks. 

The two were there representing Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities free of charge. The Sharks Foundation had recently given the organization a $50,000 grant to help with their mission.

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Shark Life: Spreading Smiles

Tomas Hertl makes a young fan's day after Saturday's game

by Ann Frazier /

Over the weekend, Sharks fans enjoyed a dominant 5-0 home win over the Ottawa Senators as five different Sharks scored and Aaron Dell earned his third career shutout. But one Sharks fan likely enjoyed the game more than most. 

Tomas Hertl - known for his perpetual smile and "fun must be always" attitude - spread smiles around on Saturday, and not just because he scored a goal in the game.

As the Sharks were coming off the ice after celebrating the dominating 5-0 win, fans crowded around the tunnel in hopes of getting a fist bump from some of their favorite players. The players delivered on that, but Hertl went one step further and gave his stick to a young fan. 

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