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Deep Blue Sea: Wakandan hockey and Swiss tennis

Timo Meier is shooting his shot with Roger Federer.

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Feb 13, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Timo Meier (28) controls the puck against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

If you missed it yesterday, a fanpost on our sister site Raw Charge made the rounds and it might be the most fun statistical analysis you’ll ever read (sorry, computer boys).

@yolo_pinyato created an Olympic hockey team for the fictional nation of Wakanda, the setting of the film and comic Black Panther. The title character and king of Wakanda, T’Challa, and his sister Shuri use an algorithm to look at the stats of black NHL players to build a team.

It’s meant to be fun, but more than that, it’s meant to highlight black players outside of the instances that they experience racism in the league.

You’ll find the link to the piece below, but first, here’s Sharks news and notes:

  • Timo Meier hit up Roger Federer on Twitter yesterday, publicly inviting the Swiss tennis star to come to a Sharks game at SAP Center on Monday. The ball is in Federer’s court now.

As for around the league: