Imagine playing a floor hockey game in the normal place setting of a high school gym. But then there's a giant Shark Head. And an organ player. And S.J. Sharkie. And the Sharks broadcasters. And the entire Sharks coaching staff along with Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Mikkel Boedker, and Matt Nieto.
On November 6, 2016, that was a reality for the Special Olympics of Northern California Floor Hockey Program. The San Jose and Palo Alto teams played with the full Sharks game experience, from a cheering section to Tank Patrol to some of the faces normally on the ice.
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The coaches split the behind-the-bench duties, while Peter DeBoer served as the referee for the game (which Joe Pavelski later tested, purposely playing with too many men to see if DeBoer would catch it. He did not). Johan Hedberg even took a turn in goal, which might have been a little unfair.
Palo Alto ending up winning the game 12-10, but regardless of the score fun was had by all at this awesome event.