Sam Tageson was told for years that he would never play hockey. On Tuesday, he took the ice with the San Jose Sharks.
With the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Sharks Foundation, Tageson, a 17-year-old born with a heart condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, signed a one-day contract with his favorite team.
Tageson practiced with the Sharks at morning skate, suited up for their game against the Florida Panthers and shared a truly emotional moment with his new teammates when he was introduced on the SAP Center Jumbotron.
“(The condition is) supposed to be debilitating,” Tageson’s mother, Lisa Mills, told the San Jose Mercury News. “They said he would be the child that would never ride a bicycle, never do any of that. He rides a skateboard. He plays hockey. The doctors all through the years have said give him golf clubs, take the hockey stick away. We tried. It doesn’t work.”
Take a look inside Tageson’s unforgettable day in the videos below