Sharks sign teen with life-threatening condition

USA TODAY - The San Jose Sharks helped make one 17-year-old's dreams come true — even for just a night — when they signed him to an honorary contract with the team.

Sam Tagenson, who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, picked up a hockey stick when he was six, according to the Mercury News, and hasn't put it down since.

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"It's supposed to be debilitating," said Lisa Mills, his mother. "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."

Working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Sharks welcomed Tagenson to a practice this week and honored him at a game. They lost, but after watching the video above, it's pretty clear they won a much bigger prize.


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