I am posting an email I got from a Sharks list I belong to with permission. Goes a long way into showing what a class act the Sharks have in Doug Wilson. And the good thing is, it's indicitive of hockey players and how down to earth they are...great story!
"I just want to share a quick story about a visit to the Pepsi Center last
week. I scored some luxury suite box seats for me and my 9 year old
stepson. It was to be his first ever Sharks game, and first ever Pepsi
Center visit. We are DIE HARD Sharks fans. (I stay up to all hours of the
night watching team teal for every televised game, including during my time
on the east coast)
We arrived and hit a local sports bar for nachos, beers, and a coke. About
45 minutes before face-off, we walked up to the front of the Pepsi Center.
We were both pretty jazzed to be stopped by San Jose NBC channel 11 for an
interview. If any of you saw us, let me know, we were on the evening
sportscast that night. (on 9 year old toe-head and me wearing my Makarov
After that we headed inside and found our box seats. We decided to go for a
stroll and as we walked out of our suite, out of the elevator popped Doug
Wilson. I told Chris, "there's Doug Wilson! Go ask him for an autograph!"
Off he ran.
Now, please understand we're small town boys and we don't get out much,
plus, Dougie is/was my ALL TIME favorite Shark. Chris walked up to him and
said, "Mr. Wilson, can I please have your autograph?"
By the time I caught up with Chris, Mr. Wilson was asking for a Sharpie
which of course, we didn't have. Briefcase in hand and less than 30 minutes
until face off, he insisted on walking with us to find a Sharpie to buy,
shaking our hands and talking with us the whole way. We finally ended up in
a memorabilia shop where I purchased a pen and Doug signed Chris's Jersey.
Doug asked what I paid for the pen and I said, "don't worry.." but he
interrupted and insisted on reimbursing me. I told him it was only $3, no
big deal but he said, (paraphrasing) "it's my pleasure to sign the jersey
for you, and no fan should have to pay for that."
I was floored. My hockey idol stood in front of me and dug for three bucks
out of his briefcase while I stood there with me knees shaking. Chris was
grinning from ear to ear.
As sincerely as I could, I thanked Doug for putting together such a fun,
exciting team this year. For my money, the entertainment can't be beat.
I'm not sure he really understood how serious I was being but this team has
been SOMETHING ELSE to watch and it's brought me and my stepson closer
together, staying up late screaming at the TV, jumping up and down.
Dougs team went out and beat the Avs 1-0, and went up three games to none.
Meeting Doug, watching my stepson stare up in awe at Doug, and watching him
grow to love the game of hockey made last Monday night the single most
awesome hockey evening in my life.
Doug obviously reflects directly on the Sharks organization as a whole. The
class that he showed and the time and effort he gave 2 Sharks fans in the
Pepsi Center is something Chris and I will never forget.
If anyone here knows any way to get his to the Sharks front office, or
better yet, Doug Wilson, PLEASE forward this on to him. I'd like to thank
him again for the fine, fine team on the ice this year and for making one 9
year old Sharks fan the happiest kid in Loveland, Colorado. It was really a
night we will never forget.