SAN JOSE — Hundreds of teal-clad followers streamed into SAP Middle on Sunday afternoon for the workforce’s Fan Fest celebration.
Attendance for the hours-long occasion, which started at 11 a.m. and ended with the “Legends Sport” within the early night, was pegged at 6,122, a considerably bigger crowd than was ultimately 12 months’s occasion, in response to a workforce spokesman.
Autograph seekers stood in strains so long as 100 toes within the concourse space, whereas different followers waited to get their image taken contained in the Sharks’ head on the ice floor or take pictures on a goal on a web at one finish of the rink.
On a stage on the sector ground, defensemen Brent Burns and Brenden Dillon had been proven animals from the Completely happy Hole Zoo and Erik Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic petted canine introduced by the South Bay chapter of Canine Companions, a non-profit group supplies educated help canine to individuals with disabilities.
Joe Thornton and a handful of different gamers helped pour beer within the tailgate space arrange on Autumn St. on the sector’s east facet.
FanFest was an absolute blast! Received to satisfy Tomás Hertl, Martin Jones, Kevin Labanc, Marcus Sorensen and a few man named Erik Karlsson… Probably the most chill man to ever discuss to. He appears to be actually having fun with the California warmth. pic.twitter.com/SRmalMZpst
— Tyler Heck (@wtheck23) September 23, 2018
All present Sharks gamers had been sporting the workforce’s new third jersey, which was unveiled Saturday night time within the first intermission of San Jose’s preseason recreation towards the Vegas Golden Knights, worn for the primary time in public by Karlsson. Not coincidentally, these jerseys had been on sale contained in the workforce retailer on the south finish of the sector.
Just a few thousand followers caught round, or arrived, to see a number of Sharks coaches and alumni participate within the second “Legends Sport.” Former Sharks gamers collaborating included Dan Boyle, Jeff Friesen, Scott Hannan, Douglas Murray, Mike Ricci and Devin Setoguchi.
Some pictures by followers from the occasion had been posted on Twitter.
— slifer the toasted dragon 😷 (@demonatemu) September 23, 2018
— Insight_BabaYaga (@TheBaabaYaaga) September 23, 2018