Even though the San Jose Sharks lost the game on Tuesday, they won something much bigger.
In association with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the NHL allowed the team to sign 17-year-old Sam Tageson to a one-day contract. Then, after a morning practice with the team and a tour of the Sharks' facility, Tageson got to skate out of the shark tunnel with the team before their showdown against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
Tageson, who was born with a heart condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, was in full uniform when he was introduced with the team and became overwhelmed by emotions.
His new teammates couldn't help but be affected as well.
Tough game but amazing to see what hockey can do... Touching night to see Sam fly outta the shark...amazing experience at the tank
— Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) March 19, 2014
It was just another reminder that some things are bigger than the game.