Full disclosure: Last night sucked an extremely large amount. I will not look back at June 12 fondly in the years to come, but I’ll always love the 2015-16 San Jose Sharks. Instead of sitting around pouting (not that there’s anything wrong with that) I want to take some time to thank everyone who helped make this amazing season possible.
First off — thank you for hanging out with all of us this season. None of this would be possible without all of you and it was honestly a privilege to get to write about the Sharks for y’all this season. Thank you.
And while I would kind of like to believe that you all read this site because of me, I know full well that the Fear the Fin staff is what makes this site what it is. They donate their time to write for you because they love it — at least the vast majority of the time. So thank you to each and every one of you for helping me out this year — I’d honestly probably be dead from exhaustion without you.
Nobody would be able to write about the Sharks or read about the Sharks without ... well, the Sharks. So thanks so much to the front office of the San Jose Sharks — all of ‘em. From Doug Wilson to Scott Emmert... thanks. We appreciate everything you’ve given to us this year and can’t wait to see what you put together for next season.
Lastly, thank you so much to every single player who wore teal this season. Sorted by most games played to fewest, here’s a thank you to literally every San Jose Shark this year.
Thanks Joe Thornton for giving so much of yourself to this team over the years. You’ve had to deal with a lot of bullshit, but you’ve stuck around anyway. You’re the best.
Thanks Patrick Marleau for being a living embodiment of everything great about the San Jose Sharks. You are the Sharks, and I love you.
Thanks Joe Pavelski for wearing the C with pride this year. And also for your incredible hands. Your hands are great.
Thanks Brent Burns for being the most fun hockey player in the entire world.
Thanks Tomas Hertl for your infectious excitement and big ass.
Thanks Justin Braun for playing so much with Marc-Edouard Vlasic and still managing to be talked about less. That’s actually relatively impressive.
Thanks Chris Tierney for taking your game to another level when we needed you to. I can't wait to see what you’re able to do next season.
Thanks Joel Ward for your clutch goals, great celebrations and boundless energy. You’re a blast and I’m so glad you’re on the Sharks.
Thanks Paul Martin for helping keep Brent Burns under control. That's a lot of work that you don’t get enough credit for, but I hear that you're used to that.
Thanks Brenden Dillon for putting up with a myriad of defensive partners who are not into the whole “defense” thing. You get a lot of shit because of the whole “we traded Jason Demers for you” thing and that's not your fault.
Thanks Joonas Donskoi for scoring one of the best goals in San Jose Sharks history.
Thanks Tommy Wingels for being the San Jose Shark most likely to be ID’d for a PG-13 movie and for delivering big hits. We like big hits. Sometimes.
Thanks Matt Nieto for teaching so many people about Long Beach — and also for your great taste in music.
Thanks Marc-Edouard Vlasic for another year of quiet greatness. You’re the best.
Thanks Melker Karlsson for bringing the milk in the Stanley Cup Final. In this situation, and this situation only, milk means goals.
Thanks Martin Jones for being the absolute best Sharks player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s been a very long time since we’ve felt confident in a goaltender game in and game out ... I could get used to it.
Thanks Logan Couture for battling through terrifying injuries to be the Sharks best skater in the playoffs. You’re an incredible hockey player and I really, really should stop making fun of you in posts. I’m totally not going to do it right now. Look at this restraint.
Thanks Dainius Zubrus for both having an incredible nickname and playing great fourth line minutes. I’m sorry Pete DeBoer decided Nick Spaling was his new favorite. That’s stupid.
Thanks Dylan DeMelo for filling in when it seemed like every single Sharks defender was dying. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store in the future.
Thanks Mike Brown for giving us something to complain about for a long time. I hear you’re a very nice man and I hope you’re happy.
Thanks Matt Tennyson for being a surprisingly decent call up this season. Please score 10 points in one game next year so I can call you Tenny forever. Thanks.
Thanks Roman Polak for trying your best. I’m sorry Darnell Nurse tried to kill you. Please don't sign with the Sharks next year. This would be best for all of us.
Thanks Nick Spaling for playing in only 23 games this year. That’s mean. Uhhhhhhhh, thanks for ... jesus ... you scored two goals. That was cool. Thanks for that.
Thanks Micheal Haley for showing everyone how terrible I am at remembering the spelling of names and for kicking ass with the Barracuda.
Thanks Barclay Goodrow for having an absolutely killer name.
Thanks Alex Stalock for battling through what should have been a career-ending injury to get to the NHL. I know it didn’t end great, but there’s not a single person who can fault your work ethic. I hope it works out for you next year.
Thanks Mirco Mueller for enduring a tough season. Here’s to hoping you get to hang with the big team all year next season.
Thanks Nikolay Goldobin for showing off your great speed and skill in limited action — count me among those excited to see what you do next year.
Thanks James Reimer for playing eight great regular season games for the Sharks. Sorry we couldn't get you that ring, but at least you got to hang out with Martin Jones a lot.
Thanks Bryan Lerg for bringing your physicality to the Sharks, I guess. Lerg is a pretty cool name. I’m sorry we didn't come up with a cool nickname for you.
Thanks Ben Smith for being actually pretty great for my NHL 16 team. I don't know why Peter DeBoer hated you so much, but I think you’re pretty cool.
Thanks Ryan Carpenter for those beautiful seven minutes of ice time you got this season.
Thanks John McCarthy for sticking around long enough to get a game under your belt this year.
So ... that’s it. Thanks everyone for reading. I’m already excited for next season.