It’s been a tough 24 hours for Sharks fans. First, following last night’s 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers, San Jose defender Brenden Dillon was brought to tears when faced with the prospect of this being his last home game with the Sharks.
Brenden Dillon got emotional when asked if this was possibly his last game as a Shark. pic.twitter.com/7yBJd0UKKy— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) February 17, 2020
Unfortunately, that prophecy rang true, when Dillon was traded to the Washington Capitals this morning in exchange for two draft picks.
As news broke across the hockey world, members of the Sharks organization and media took to Twitter to thank Dillon for the time he spent in San Jose and wishing him luck in the future. Here are a few of those posts:
#SJSharks GM Doug Wilson on Dillon:— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) February 19, 2020
"Amazing teammate, wonderful guy, right from the day he's come here he's made people around him better... Very much appreciate everything he's done for this organization and excited for him to get the opportunity he's going to get now too." pic.twitter.com/KSrunOUojP
Well, damn. Kept telling myself to get to a Sharks practice to say good-bye to @BDillon04 before the trade we all knew was coming. Then failed to do it. Enjoyed every conversation with him, whether it was for a story or just catching up. Class act. Wish him well. https://t.co/RU2hesnkx6— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) February 18, 2020
Dear @BDillon04 - thank you for all the fun times, the years of stick to fitness assemblies, and being an amazing teammate. I hope our paths cross again ...... #SharksForLife pic.twitter.com/SPIaW3oa6T— #SJSHARKIE (@sjsharkie) February 18, 2020
I owe a lot to @BDillon04. He was the first player featured on “Off Days”(The first show of my pro career). His willingness to be a part of this and openness throughout the process was monumental. He helped launch the most viewed video series in #SJSharks history.#ThankYouDilly https://t.co/OFElT3368v pic.twitter.com/NCcWxELlNm— Jon Root (@JonnyRoot_) February 18, 2020
Days like this are very tough, but @BDillon04 is an absolute class act. Always gracious w/media, incredibly involved in the SJ community & simply put, one of the best in the business. He will be missed here, but #Caps fans, you will LOVE this guy. Treat him well, @SergeyKocharov! https://t.co/wFEiWk5PEW— Ben Guerrero (@brguerrero) February 18, 2020
Good luck Dilly @BDillon04 , go get the Cup. A true pro in every sense of the word ... as close to the perfect teammate as you can get and just an amazing person. Sharks Territory will miss you! (Photo from @JimSparaco) pic.twitter.com/5itae1Va3s— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) February 18, 2020
If all of that didn’t somehow break you, here’s Captain Couture keeping things heartbreakingly simple:
And he’s one of the best teammates out there. As good as they get— Logan Couture (@Logancouture) February 18, 2020
Fans also utilized the same space to mourn the loss of a much-beloved player — and for Capitals fans to discover their new favorite player. Here are some tweets that made me laugh on this incredibly emotional day:
Only 2 players from the "Holiday Sweater" music video from 2014 are still on the #SJSharks:— John (@jken0608) February 18, 2020
WHO IS GOING TO DRIVE MARTIN JONES TO PRACTICE NOW— sie ✨ (@nowyousieme) February 18, 2020
It makes me happy when the San Jose Sharks and the Washington Capitals trade players. Now, how about we trade teams?— Kelen Keller (@KelenKeller38) February 18, 2020
Doug Wilson shouted “I’m a slut for draft picks” in the middle of negotiations huh https://t.co/GVfhorHlUe— yee fuckin haw (@melsbells_) February 18, 2020
First look at Brenden Dillon with the capitals pic.twitter.com/XEe2DqWPuy— peyton | #OskarStrong (@dallasstrs) February 19, 2020
Fun fact: Brenden Dillon is going to be just the fourth Canadian on this year's active roster. #Caps have a lot of Russians, Americans, three Czechs, two Swedes... but from the country that invented the sport, they have just Holtby, Wilson, Leipsic and now Dillon.— Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) February 18, 2020
*caps in stanley cup final game 7 ot*— ilya sporpalchuk (@OVECHKlN) February 18, 2020
"we had a good run but there's no way we're giving up THAT pick"
"say no more" https://t.co/O2DMZ6jRx8
*watches sad reaction of possibly leaving san jose vid*— elyse (@ElyseBee) February 18, 2020
*watches genuine excitement of joining the caps vid*
ha ha excuse me what gave brenden dillon the right to make me fall in love him so quick
Hockey is a business, but just like with the trade that brought Dillon to San Jose in the first place, real relationships are formed between players and fans and transition can be difficult.
The consensus, at least, is that no one can manage to say a bad word about Brenden Dillon in his absence. He came in and immediately had to film the “Holiday Sweater” video and you know what? He was game, ridiculous and foreign as it may have been at the time. He fit into the San Jose locker room, while also taking strides every single year to improve his game and create powerful memories for Sharks fans on and off the ice. He will be missed in as many ways as a player can be when traded to another conference.
Thank you for the memories, Dilly. Go get a cup (not just to help the Sharks out with that conditional draft pick, but because you should’ve gotten one in 2016, but Pete stapled you to Roman Polak and oh god, I’m still so sorry for that).
You’re always welcome back in San Jose.