Sam Tageson is a 17-year-old hockey player from Martinez, Calif. He was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, meaning his heart only has two chambers instead of four. Eventually Tageson will need a transplant.
Despite his condition — and against doctors wishes — Tageson’s played hockey since he was six years old. Tuesday the San Jose Sharks welcomed Tageson to practice with them, signing him to a one-day contract. It culminated later in the night with Tageson skating out through the team’s famous shark mouth — the first non-player to do so in franchise history.
Watch the clip of Tageson skating out with the team and his induction over the PA system of SAP Arena. It’s worth 45 seconds of your time.
Allow this to serve as another reminder that hockey players are great dudes.