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Shark Life: From the Mask to the Skin

by Casey Krygier / sjsharks.com

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: https://t.co/Y6X5i8fbcu pic.twitter.com/LjlbMoQ3OE

"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 pic.twitter.com/vrg0B6don7

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Shark Life: A Hair-Raising Start

by Casey Krygier / sjsharks.com

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 pic.twitter.com/U6mKzpgMLg

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 / sjsharks.com

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 / sjsharks.com

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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Shark Life: The Whole Tooth, Nothing But the Tooth

by Casey Krygier / sjsharks.com

When it comes to getting rid of a loose tooth there are many ways one can go about it- yank it out, the 'ole string and door trick, or just let the wiggle ride until the tooth falls out by itself.

This Sharks fan, however, was not settling for average and came up with a unique way to get rid of his loose tooth.

Tweet from @ms_btran: Here���s how my son takes care of loose teeth! @SanJoseSharks @sjsharkie pic.twitter.com/sU5uymrxpK

With one less tooth, he is one step closer to becoming a Sharks player.

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Shark Life: Pawesome Night at the Tank

Marc-Edouard Vlasic was the guest of honor at the San Jose Barracuda's Pucks and Paws Night

by Ann Frazier / sjsharks.com

On Sunday, the San Jose Barracuda - the AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks - had a barking good time during their game against the San Diego Gulls. And this time, the barking was literal. It was the inaugural Pucks and Paws Night, a game dedicated to man's best friend. 

The Barracuda donned dog-inspired specialty jerseys, regaled fans with classic tunes such as "Who Let the Dogs Out?" (Who? Who? Who?), and - most importantly - allowed fans to bring their own pooches to the game. 

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Shark Life: A Shark Tank in a Shark Tank

With help from the TV show "Tanked" the Sharks added a shark tank to their arena

by Ann Frazier / sjsharks.com

What happens when your arena is colloquially known as the Shark Tank? You put a shark tank in the Shark Tank.

This past summer, the San Jose Sharks decided to finally do what made an incredible amount of sense: add a shark tank to SAP Center, as part of the new BMW Lounge. And in order to make it, they enlisted the help of the Animal Planet TV show Tanked.

On November 10, the episode debuted, showing the process of creating the shark tank for the Shark Tank. 

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Shark Life: Can't Let It Go

Aaron Dell embraces the Frozen jokes with his mask

by Ann Frazier / sjsharks.com

Way back in 2013, Disney's movie Frozen hit theaters and became a cultural phenomenon. People everywhere were telling people to "Let It Go" and asking others "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" 

Frozen, a movie about two princesses (one with magical ice powers), was set in the kingdom of Arendelle. Which, unfortunately for a current Sharks goalie, is pronounced exactly the same as Aaron Dell. 

What do you do when your name becomes part of one of the biggest pop culture touchstones? Lean into it.

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Shark Life: Speed Painting

by Ann Frazier / sjsharks.com

We feel the need. The need for speed… painting. 

Last month, SAP invited famous speed painter Vilas Nayak (you may have seen him on clips from Asia's Got Talent and Got Talent World Stage Live) to their campus for a few artistic performances, and one of the portraits is pretty familiar to Sharks fans.

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Shark Life: Teal-rific Car

by Ann Frazier / sjsharks.com

Sharks fans are not shy about showing off how much they love Team Teal. Hair, beards, tattoos - you name it, Sharks fans will rock team spirit with it.

But some of the more impressive displays of fandom come when fans decide to go all Xzibit and deck out their car in the iconic Sharks logo and teal. Like this fan and their sweet Sharks Jag.

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