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San Jose Sharks: The Boys Were Back In Town…

San Jose Sharks…they’re just wearing different colors. As last night’s game between the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild drew near my girlfriend continued to mull over that one burning question – how would the crowd respond to Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley’s return to San Jose?

Devin Setoguchi Returns To HP Pavillion

Devin Setoguchi Returns To HP Pavillion

First let me make it perfectly clear that I’m not an overly emotional person to start and I completely understand the business of sports. I wear a sweater with my name and number on it because I know players come and players go and I’m not one to collect $100+ jerseys every year to keep up with roster.

But watching Setoguchi come out for the warm up skate definitely felt funny – nay emotional – to say the least. Over the years I’ve gone done to ice level to watch the boys warm up before the game. Mostly I do it for the kids, trying to build that connection between the players and my nephew - no other sport provides an up-close and personal experience like hockey does. I never pay too much attention to it.

But watching Setoguchi warm up last night I realized a visible difference in his routine. I could actually see something of a difference in his body language that wasn’t quite as confident and felt a little shy. Not so much with Heatley but he’s gone through this before.

So what was the crowd reaction? During the announcement of the Wild’s starting line-up Setoguchi got a big cheer and Heatley got a combination of cheers and jeers. And the final confirmation of the mood at the Shark Tank was when they continually booed Heatley whenever he had a puck during a 3rd period power play.

All I can say is this, just like I know players come and players go and that’s the business of sports – we may not have seen the last of Setoguchi in a Sharks sweater.

Dany Heatley as a Minnesota Wild

Dany Heatley as a Minnesota Wild

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