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Sharks' Brent Burns shows Mario Ferraro how to better protect himself

Sharks' Brent Burns shows Mario Ferraro how to better protect himself

Stefan Noesen had seen enough, and apparently Brent Burns had, too.

The Sharks' defenseman is in his 16th NHL season, and has played in all 82 regular-season games in each of the last five seasons. While Burns is an exceptional athlete, he also owes part of his longevity to the veteran savvy he has developed along the way.

Mario Ferraro is in his first NHL season. The Sharks' rookie defenseman has no such veteran savvy to rely on, so after watching the youngster get dangerously run into the boards by Calgary Flames forward Milan Lucic -- for the second time in a week -- in San Jose's 6-2 loss Monday night, Burns thought it best to share some valuable experience with Ferraro so that he might be able to last in the league as long as he has.

So, prior to the start of practice on Tuesday, Burns joined Ferraro on the ice to show him some tips on how to better protect himself when a forechecker rapidly is bearing down on him. Ferraro seemed to appreciate the transfer of knowledge, and intends to apply it to avoid greater potential for serious injury.

"He has obviously been around, so he knows as an older guy about how trying to protect yourself can help you in the long run with injuries," Ferraro said of Burns to The Mercury News' Curtis Pashelka. "I’m fine right now but any other hit, maybe it can go another way.

"I want to try and protect myself and try and stay healthy, but he’s just teaching me different ways to go in the corner. Protect myself, getting back there. There are times where you leave too much distance between yourself and you can take a big hit, so just want to try and limit those."

Ferraro is a minus-4 over San Jose's last two games, and clearly, he's still learning on the job. That doesn't change the fact that he has played well beyond his years as a rookie in the toughest hockey league in the world.

"There's going to be ups and downs for a guy that young in the league," Sharks interim coach Bob Boughner said of Ferraro after Monday's loss. "He has been pretty consistent all year. You're going to see dips here and there. But his compete is always unbelievable. He's always ready to play."

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Ferraro has been one of San Jose's few bright spots this season. With a little luck -- and some veteran advice -- he'll be one for many more to come.

Ever wonder where Sharks' giant head came from? It involves Disney

Ever wonder where Sharks' giant head came from? It involves Disney

Editor's note: Every Tuesday and Thursday during this sports hiatus, we'll answer questions that Bay Area sports fans long have debated in "Ever Wonder?" Second up in the series: Where did San Jose's giant shark head come from?

The Sharks have one of the most memorable entrances in all of sports. Skating through the giant shark head at SAP Center is right up there with "Enter Sandman" at Lane Stadium for Virginia Tech football and the run down the hill at Clemson.

But did you ever find yourself wondering where that huge shark head came from?

NBC Sports Bay Area has you covered on that front as Brodie Brazil explains where that massive shark head came from in the second episode of the "Ever Wonder" series.

During their first few years, the Sharks were looking for a way to give their team an epic entrance. They eventually found it, and, of course, Disney was involved.

To find out the whole story, check out the video above.

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Sharks' Stefan Noesen dealing with extra uncertainty in coronavirus pandemic

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Sharks' Stefan Noesen dealing with extra uncertainty in coronavirus pandemic

Sharks forward Stefan Noesen is isolating with immediate family in his home state of Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.

And he’s slightly bored.

“You can only do so many lunges at your house, so many laps around the neighborhood,” Noesen said with a laugh in a 1-on-1 interview with NBC Sports California on Tuesday.

The NHL’s suspended season is par for the uphill course of Noesen's current campaign.

It began with a professional tryout in the Dallas Stars organization, which didn’t pan out. He then played 22 AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, which led to signing a two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 2nd. They waived him shortly before Christmas.

“This year has been a s---t-show, legit,” Noesen said. “Up until being with the Sharks.”

That turning point definitely happened in San Jose. Even during the Sharks' down season, Noesen came in and earned a role, plus the respect to go along with it.

“First thing I did when I got (to San Jose), was meet with [general manager Doug Wilson],” Noesen said. “He told me what he expected of me, which was honestly nothing but to go out and play my game.”

That game resonated, with Noesen scoring six goals in 34 games. And now, there's a lot of fans who would like to see him re-signed for next season.

“I’ve always believed it’s not that hard to be a good guy,” Noesen said. “All you have to got is be yourself, treat others with respect, and find a way to get along with everybody.”

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There's a lot of uncertainty for Noesen’s career at this point, like when and where he will play hockey next. But these life-changing times have also even made him ponder what comes after the game.

“The world has kind of taken things for granted up until now,” Noesen said. “And I think everyone is kind of taking a step back and realizing the little things are actually important.

“The minute that we’re able to go back to whatever life is after this, I think it will be interesting.“