San Jose Sharks Sign 18-year-old Fan with Heart Condition to One-Day Contract

Wednesday March 19th, 2014

18-year-old Sam Tageson has struggled with a congenital heart defect his whole life, and he has been a fan of the San Jose Sharks almost as long, so the team and the Make-A-Wish foundation joined together to give Tageson a day he will never forget.

The teen got to hang out with the team in the locker room, got his own jersey, and became the first non-player to skate through the team's shark's mouth entrance.

Things get very emotional, very fast at the 30 second mark, so you might want to start scrambling for some kleenex, ASAP.


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