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Sharks in Prague: Despite Losses, an Unforgettable Experience

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Welcome guest writer Josh Frojelin! Josh is San Diego State University’s Hockey Information Manager. He also writes for Fear the Fin, Future Consideration, and the Daily Aztec.

The San Jose Sharks did not start the season how they wanted, dropping both games to the Nashville Predators. However, their stay in Prague as part of the NHL Global Series was still an unforgettable experience.

Czech-born players Tomas Hertl and Radim Simek headlined the team’s travels in their return to their home country. The locals’ first tour took teammates through Old Town Prague on Wednesday.

The true headliners, however, were the always stylish Thomas Bordeleau, Nick Cicek, and Jeffrey Viel. Their style, aided by some filters, looked perfect for a hip-hop album cover.

Personally, I’m more interested in this album’s release than Midnights.

That night, Hertl treated the San Jose Sharks to dinner. An old friend dropped by:

Cech would drop the ceremonial puck before Friday’s night game.

Surely dinner was a pricey tab, but it probably struggled to make a dent to Hertl’s recently signed $65.1-million contract.

His teammates weren’t letting him get away without paying!

Even his fellow countryman Simek joked, to Czech media, that a billionaire (in Czech koruna) like Hertl could surely afford dinner for his mates.

San Jose Sharks president Jonathan Becher toured the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Prague with Sharks fans. Attached to the Old Town Hall, the clock is the oldest clock still in operation.

Unfortunately, the clock was not able to be used in any “Timo Time” tweets as Meier was held goalless over the weekend.

Becher had himself a time, also seeing the Dancing House:

On Thursday, the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators got down to business and practiced.

They were treated to a massive crowd at O2 Arena, eager to see Hertl and Roman Josi and company. Thousands of fans flocked to see both NHL teams practice ahead of their two-game series.

‘Can’t Even Wait’: Hertl, Prague Excited to See Each Other Again

Before practice, Hertl went upstairs to hang out with hockey legend Jaromir Jagr.

After that, the San Jose Sharks appeared to focus on the task at hand, leaving the sightseeing for another day.

In his blog for NHL.com, defenseman Matt Benning felt the highlights in Prague were “going for dinner, seeing the crowd react to Tommy [Tomas Hertl] and Simmer [Radim Simek], that was super special”

The Sharks should be about home now, but it was an unforgettable four days in Prague. And of course, hometown hero Hertl had to thank his city for everything:

 

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