The 2019-2020 NHL season is all but cancelled at this point. With next season being the 30th anniversary, I thought I would offer a light-hearted piece and give the Sharks some ideas for the future.
During the 2015-2016 campaign, the San Jose Sharks marked their 25th anniversary season by really upping their game when it came to giveaways. The bobblehead offerings have particularly struck a positive cord with fans. I have broken this series down in 3 separate categories:
- Sharks bobbleheads that should absolutely exist
- A bobblehead series recognizing Sharks alumni
- Bobbleheads that have no hope of existing, but would still be fun.
Enjoy part 3 of 3 in this series.
What Will Never Be
In the 3rd installment of this 3 part series, I focus on the San Jose Sharks bobbleheads that will likely never exist but would mark fun moments in the history of team teal.
Darryl Sutter Bitter Beer Face
Former Sharks coach Darryl Sutter earned himself a rep for a few key things during his time in San Jose.
Darryl’s responses to media questions were some of the shortest yet, at times, funniest you’ve ever heard. His preference for grinders over skill players was unmatched. However, Sutter was a known master of the bitter beer face.
I don’t even care what the body of the bobblehead would look like as long as it featured Darryl’s bitter face. Aside from Drew Remenda, this is the Sharks coach bobblehead we all want.
In fact, while we’re talking about Darryl and Drew, check out this awesomely funny story Drew Remenda told us about the former Sharks bench boss.
Joe Thornton Plays Smell My Finger
At the end of 2011, the Sharks were hosting the Vancouver Canucks. During a conference with the official, Joe Thornton saw an opportunity to troll Henrik Sedin.
During nearly the entire conversation with the referee, Thornton kept putting his stinky, gloved finger under Sedin’s nose. While Joe has had his share of troll moments, this is one that particularly stands out. Perhaps Thornton was using this opportunity to get under Henrik’s skin as a playoff match-up seemed inevitable.
Nevertheless, the fact that Sedin never really responded makes it all the more fun to enjoy. For this one bobblehead, I would make Sedin’s head bobble, constantly going back and forth towards Jumbo’s glove.
Ryane Clowe plays puck from bench
To finish of the 2011-2012 season, the Sharks had a home and home series against the Los Angeles Kings.
During the first game of the series in LA, the game was tied at 5-5 with 2:44 left in the game while the Kings were on a power play.
For some reason, Ryane Clowe felt this was an opportune time to play the puck from the bench. The Sharks would end up winning the game in the shootout as Joe Pavelski was the only one to score during the skills competition.
To this day, this bizarre play from Clowe has never been explained, but it would make a quite funny bobblehead, bench and all.
Adam Burish Downward Dog
During a game between the San Jose Sharks and the Phoenix Coyotes on April 15th, 2013, Adam Burish and Oliver Ekman-Larsson found themselves caught in an awkward pose.
San Jose Sharks broadcasters, Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda, had a great time calling this bizarre moment during a game that was already essentially in the books.
Remenda coining the term “downward desert dog” was the cherry on top of this funny and odd moment. While we all have a good time playing the ‘desert dogs’ drinking game, this would be a fun concept. I guess you could make this a bobble-leg rather than a bobblehead?
Jumbo with a Rooster
As I mentioned in the first part of this series, Joe Thornton provided a hysterically obscene response when he overheard a question about Hertl’s 4 goal game versus the New York Rangers in just Tomas’ 3rd NHL game.
“I’d have my cock out if I scored four goals. I’d have my cock out, stroking it.”
While this might not make the best bobblehead, it’s certainly made a great meme and would be a funny idea for a Sharks cheer card, at the very least. Joe Thornton has made it clear he still has a lot of hockey left so let’s make it happen for the former captain.
Gerard Gallant Bluecoat
If you’ve ever seen a game at SAP Center, you’ve likely seen an arena usher or what locals call a “blue coat”. The usher uniform consists of black pants and shoes, a white shirt, a striped tie, and a blue coat.
During Game 6 against the Golden Knights in 2019, several Sharks fans kept checking their eyes as Vegas coach, Gerard Gallant, was wearing a nearly identical coat behind the bench.
It didn’t take long for our very own Erik Kuhre to fire up photoshop and have some fun. Aside from adding the grey stripes to Gerard’s tie, Erik was nice enough to give him a name tag too.
Again, maybe not a great idea for a bobblehead, but nevertheless a funny idea for something! Maybe everyone gets a novelty name tag?
Patrick Marleau Earthquake Bed
While Patrick Marleau does not have a social media account, his wife Christina does. On occasion, she will share intimate moments from casa de Marleau. Last summer, Christina tweeted a particularly funny story about Patrick experiencing his first earthquake.
While it’s mind-blowing that Marleau had spent 2 decades in San Jose without experiencing an earthquake, wouldn’t this be a fun giveaway? Bobblebed anyone?