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Fan Favorite Grand Prize Winner - 4/15/12

Sunday, 04.15.2012 / 12:15 PM
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Fan Favorite Grand Prize Winner - 4\/15\/12
The results for the "Fan Favorite Award" were announced at  Fan Appreciation Night on April 7, 2012. Over 7,000 votes were cast and Patrick Marleau was named the "Fan Favorite" for the second year in a row. The Grand Prize winner received two (2) tickets to the Sharks “Fan Appreciation Night,” two Zamboni rides, the opportunity to meet their favorite Sharks player and receive that player’s jersey on the ice following the game. The winner also received a pre-game tour of HP Pavilion prior to the game. The grand prize winner, David Okimoto, gives us his account of this unforgettable night: 

This past Saturday was one of the most memorable evenings of my life, as it's not every day that a professional athlete shakes your hand and hands you the jersey literally off his back. While it's not quite mega-millions lucky, I overcame some pretty daunting odds to be the grand prize winner of the Sharks Fan Favorite contest. I can best describe getting the phone call notifying me of my victory as stunning. I was at work, didn't recognize the number and almost didn't answer the call! Once I found out everything I had won, time moved at a crawl until Fan Appreciation Night finally arrived.

The tour of HP Pavilion far surpassed anything I anticipated. The building is truly huge, and most people don't get to see a fraction of how big it actually is. The offices, locker rooms, press areas, and storage areas create a maze of passages that I was fortunate enough to explore. Seeing all the framed photos of every Sharks team in history was a big thrill, as was watching Doug Wilson walk right past me in the lobby. After touring the rafters above the ice, I felt a bit bad for Randy, Drew, Dan, and Jaime as their recent move to the rafters is way, way up there...no where near as close as their previous perch from the front of the upper bowl. I guess my season tickets in the last row of the upper bowl are closer that I thought!

Riding the Zamboni at intermission is a thrill and experience like none other. It's a surreal feeling emerging onto the ice from the tunnel and being surrounded by a stadium of fans. I can only imagine what it's like for the players, playing on center stage below the cauldron of raucous fans. I have a greater appreciation of the home ice advantage that we can create as fans, because simply looking up at a mostly quiet group of fans milling around still gave me a slight sense of being a gladiator.

Of all the thrills and perks of the night, getting to go on the ice post-game, after an overtime victory over a bitter rival, and receiving the jersey of the player that most would agree has been the face of the franchise for the better part of two decades...words really can't describe. Patrick Marleau was incredibly kind and sincere, even chatting with me for a brief minute before we posed for a picture. I was sure to let him know that I hoped he ends his career here in SJ. I think he truly is a fan favorite in every sense, from his play on the ice to the way he carries himself off of it. He is a perfect reflection of the organization as well, as everyone I encountered all day, from blue coats to secretaries to our tour guide, was incredibly generous and kind.

A huge thank you goes to everyone involved in making Saturday an experience this lifelong fan will treasure forever.

Go Sharks!

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 63 31 26 12 57
L. Couture 63 21 32 0 53
J. Thornton 59 12 40 -2 52
B. Burns 63 16 30 -4 46
P. Marleau 63 14 31 -16 45
T. Wingels 56 13 15 -5 28
T. Hertl 63 10 14 -3 24
J. Braun 52 1 19 2 20
M. Vlasic 58 7 11 10 18
M. Nieto 53 4 13 -10 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 24 17 7 .912 2.62
A. Stalock 5 7 1 .899 2.85
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