The last two times Metallica has been around the Sharks, San Jose has emerged victorious. Come Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final, the Sharks — and the metal band — will have the chance to go 3-for-3. The Sharks announced Monday that Metallica frontman and guitarist James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett will take the ice ahead of Game 4 to play the national anthem, after which they’ll sign the guitars they used for the performance in support of the Sharks Foundation. The guitars will be auctioned off until June 15, with proceeds going to two yet-to-be determined charities. Metallica’s inclusion in the pre-game ceremonies makes sense given they’ve become a fixture of Sharks games. Before every home contest, the Sharks take the ice to Metallica’s ‘Seek and Destroy,’ and the band has been somewhat of a good-luck charm each time they’ve been involved in the lead-up to a contest.
Throughout the post-season, the Sharks have had local icons and big-time sports figures on hand to open the dressing room door before the team takes the ice. Among those included have been former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and rapper E-40, and Hetfield was one of those to be included in the opening of the Sharks’ room — and it came before a big game, too.
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May 26, 2016
Hetfield opened the door ahead of the Sharks’ May 25 game, which will be a contest burned into the memory of San Jose fans forever. That was Game 6 of the Western Conference final, a tilt that the Sharks won 5-2 over the St. Louis Blues to advance to their first Stanley Cup final in franchise history. But that was actually the second time in recent memory Metallica’s presence was paired with a Sharks victory. During the 2014-15 season, San Jose hosted ‘Metallica Night,’ with Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Rob Trujillo all in attendance. With the band watching on, the Sharks downed the divisional rival Los Angeles Kings, 4-2, and started a three-game winning streak. Metallica’s pre-game anthem performance won’t be the first time they’ve done the honors, though.
Hetfield and Hammett performed the Star-Spangled Banner before Game 5 of the NBA Finals in 2015.