The signing of Sam Tageson won't change the fortunes of the Sharks, but it certainly changed the life of the young player.
The 17-year-old, who suffers from a potentially fatal heart condition, lived out his dream of suiting up for San Jose on Tuesday night after receiving a one-day contract from the team with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
He spent the day practicing with the Sharks and hanging around the dressing room with the players. It was prior to their game against the Panthers, however, that the Sharks went above and beyond. Tageson became the first non-player in the history of the franchise to skate with the team through the SAP Center's shark's mouth for pregame warmups. He then stood with the players on the blue line during the national anthem.
You get a sense of what it meant to this kid -- and to a couple of his new teammates -- when he was introduced to the crowd. Warning: Don't make the mistake of chopping onions while watching this like I did.