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SJHN Daily: Quinn Shares Harrowing Story From His Youth



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Every corner of the sports world was rocked by what happened to Damar Hamlin on Monday night, the San Jose Sharks locker room no exception.

Hamlin, a Buffalo Bills safety, went into cardiac arrest after a routine tackle of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin remains in critical condition at a Cincinnati hospital, but the Bills say that he’s showing “signs of improvement”.

Sharks head coach David Quinn, who was watching on Monday night, talked about the leadership shown by Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and Bills head coach Sean McDermott to take their players off the field after the NFL had asked them to re-start the game, and how this incident echoed what happened to Boston University forward Travis Roy in 1995 after Sharks practice on Tuesday.

He also shared his own on-the-court brush with mortality.

“I was 23 years old, I was playing a pickup basketball game. The guy who I was guarding, I didn’t really know him at all,” Quinn told reporters. “Running down the court, that guy had a heart attack and actually passed away 15 minutes later. There was a doctor actually playing in the game. He tried to resuscitate him and whatnot.

“I didn’t know the guy at all. It was a pretty traumatic experience for me.”

At San Jose Hockey Now…

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Who’s to blame for the Ryan Merkley debacle, player or organization?

Chris Peters talks about San Jose Sharks prospects Filip Bystedt and Benjamin Gaudreau’s World Juniors performance.

In Other Sharks News…

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Around the NHL…

Jakub Vrana is passed over on waivers.

Inside the Washington Capitals leaders’ team meeting that led to turnaround.

NHL increases fan input on All-Star Game roster selections. (ESPN)

Jack Eichel is back.

What’s Montreal Canadiens’ price tag for Joel Edmundson?

Winter Classic hero Jake DeBrusk is hurt.

Andreas Englund is fighting to prove that he belongs with the Colorado Avalanche.

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