The San Jose Sharks already planned to rock with an NBCSN "Rivalry Night" game against the Los Angeles Kings, but those in attendance got to join in thanks to Metallica Night.
Metallica’s 1983 hit "Seek and Destroy" has served as the Sharks' entrance music at home games for years. The Bay-area based band members consider themselves longtime fans of the team, and was included in puck drop and intermission events.
"It's an incredible honor," bass player Robert Trujillo said. "The fact that that song has that kind of energy to fuel an entire team, give them the strength to battle and kick butt."
Fans in attendance received a commemorative Metallica-themed Sharks t-shirt, and the Metallica band members each got their own customized Sharks jersey. In addition, The Sharks Foundation will auction off four jerseys autographed by the band.
They also got to hang out with S.J. Sharkie, the Sharks’ mascot. He seems friendly, despite the "devils horns."
All proceeds from ticket sales for the game benefited the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Sierra Club, an environmental organization.
-- Katie Brown