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The Daily Chum: Which San Jose Sharks players absolutely play Pokemon Go?

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More than you think, according to me!

I’ve stayed away from Sharks-Pokemon Go crossover content because the best hockey players as Pokemon post has already been written. Then Christina Marleau posted the following on Twitter and I knew I couldn’t stay away any longer.

The implication here is that Patty pulled over because one of his kids spotted a Pikachu. I don’t buy that story for a second. Sure, I believe he was driving and one of his kids saw the most famous Pokemon in the world, but we all know whose phone that Pikachu was spotted on: Patty’s.

This got me thinking. Of the current Sharks, who definitely plays Pokemon Go? Let’s hit the roster, starting alphabetically.

Mikkel Boedker

The game is released in his home country of Denmark and he’s only 26 years old...I’ll go with a tacit yes.

Logan Couture

No, he thinks he’s too good for Pokemon Go. Sorry Cooch.

Joonas Donskoi

I’m pretty sure Donskoi is actually a Pokemon, so no.

Nikolay Goldobin

Do they have Pokemon in Russia? Does he even know what a Pikachu is? I bet Tomas Hertl has annoyed him to death about this.

Barclay Goodrow, Chris Tierney, Tommy Wingels

Goodrow and Tierney are Team Valor and Wingels is Team Mystic. I believe this so much.

Melker Karlsson

Yes, but only because he mistakenly thinks Miltank is included in the game.

Joe Pavelski

No way.

Joe Thornton

Maybe once they release Pokemon Go for his Motorola RAZR.

Joel Ward

He strikes me as the kind of guy who’s too busy for Pokemon Go, but he’s very polite when the children on the team talk to him about it.

Tomas Hertl

No shit. Hertl has not stopped playing Pokemon Go since it was first released in the United States and everyone really wishes he’d stop texting them about it.

Micheal Haley

Yes and he only has Hitmonchans.

Justin Braun

Maybe? He might be a little old for it, but I won’t rule it out.

Brent Burns

He downloaded it but deleted it when he realized he couldn’t actually catch an Ekans in the wild.

Brenden Dillon

Probably, because like Pokemon Go he is hated by a grumpy subset of the internet.

Paul Martin

He hasn’t even heard of Pokemon, so no.

Mirco Mueller

Shit, should I have saved the Miltank joke for Mirco?

David Schlemko

No way.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Yes, and he now has 50 Growlithes which he has named after his Golden Retrievers.

Aaron Dell

Yeah, there’s a lot of downtime during games.

Martin Jones

Yes and he and Tyler Toffoli go on long Pokewalks together.