A pool of San Jose Sharks players and personalities snagged a line of finatics that stretched down the block in front of Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria on De Anza Boulevard Tuesday to help raise money for the Sharks Foundation.
“I’m never going to wash my hand,” said Kelly Masterson, a sophomore at Lynbrook High School after shaking hands with goaltender Thomas Greiss.
“Not only is he really good looking, but he’s an amazing player,” she said.
Greiss, the Sharks backup netminder was with fellow players Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Justin Braun, Jamie McGinn, and Brad Winchester who signed autographs and posed for photos. They were joined by Sharks play-by-play radio announcer Dan Rusanowsky; commentator and former Shark player, Jamie Baker; and mascot S.J. Sharkie.
and downtown San Jose locations donated to the Sharks Foundation more than $15,000, which was 100 percent of their sales between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Autographs and photos with the players ran from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. creating a line through the Cupertino restaurant, out the door to the chilly sidewalk and down the block.
The wait didn’t seem to bother snazzily dressed Sophia Jackson, 10, a 5th grader from Bullis Charter School in Los Altos and her father Marshall Jackson, who grabbed an autograph before dinner.
The money raised through the event goes to the Sharks Foundation, established in 1994, which supports Bay Area youth education, social and cultural needs through grants to local community groups.