Hit the Lights: Sharks hosting ‘Metallica Night’ during game against Kings
The SAP Center, colloquially — and fittingly — known as “The Shark Tank,” an NHL venue already known for its passionate fans, will be especially rocking on Wednesday night when the San Jose Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings.
Why? Because it’s Metallica Night, that’s why.
Among the festivities planned for the evening include band members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich participating in the ceremonial puck drop before the game as well as a blind auction featuring limited edition Metallica-themed Sharks jerseys — personalized with the band member’s names — that each band member has signed.
Metallica has called the Bay Area home ever since the legendary band set up shop in San Francisco shortly after the band formed in the early 1980s and have developed a relationship with some of the local teams, including the San Francisco Giants, who hosted a tribute night for the group in 2013.
Metallica, whose song “Seek & Destroy” off the band’s classic debut album, “Kill ‘Em All,” is played when the Sharks step onto the ice, posted the following message on the band’s official site.
We’re excited to add to the ever expanding sports action nights by announcing that we will be getting together with our good friends the San Jose Sharks on January 21, 2015 as they take on their rivals the LA Kings for a night of Metalli-hockey mayhem… what’s that we hear you say? “ANOTHER Bay Area Metallica-sports tie-in?” Well, as some of you may know, we have been long supporters of the Sharks going back to the mid-90’s when the team moved permanently to San Jose… over the years we’ve made many treks down to the Shark Tank. So it’s actually pretty fitting that we finally connect with the team for a night of metal and hockey and we want you to come along and partake of the festivities with us. We’ll be on hand for the first strains of “Seek & Destroy,” kick off the game with the puck drop, and partake in some of the intermission fun and games that Sharks fans know and love.
The Sharks seem pretty pumped about the specially themed night.
“We had the band at a game last year in a suite, and we figured it would be a good idea to celebrate their support of the Sharks and the fact they’re still a very popular band in the Bay Area,” Sharks chief operating officer John Tortora said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “So we wanted to have Metallica Night. And it’s working out pretty well. We’re choosing a game against a good rival and we’re going to have a very exciting crowd at the game.”
“We’ve got to be energized coming to the rink tomorrow, ready for a game that’s going to be like a playoff game,” added Sharks forward Logan Couture. “There’s nothing better than playing a rival. It’ll be a great environment in the building. Metallica Night is probably going to add to it. So if we can’t get up for that game, we’ve got some major issues.”
It doesn’t require a “Crash Course in Brain Surgery” to realize that an already pumped up crowd expecting a battle between to bitter rivals will be even more pumped up for this game courtesy of Metallica. It goes without saying that the Kings pulled “The Shortest Straw” when the Sharks decided to host “Metallica Night” when they paid a visit. Although to be “Trapped Under Ice” at t he rink would be a far crueler fate.
Let’s stop there before we reach your “Frayed Ends of Sanity” with these absurd Metallica song name puns and just “Fade to Black.”
Okay, that’s it.
[H/T Pro Hockey Talk]