And now, the most impossibly cool gesture you'll ever see.
The Minnesota Stars beat Tampa Bay 2-0 on Saturday, and as usual, went out to celebrate with fans on Saturday evening. Some of those fans had a rec-league championship the next day, and mentioned this to a few players.
Led by defender / assistant coach Kevin Friedland, the Stars decided to make that championship game special, by showing up, giving the team a pregame speech, kitting out the team in Stars jerseys, and then sticking around to chant and cheer for the game.
Usually, teams have a Fan Appreciation Day near the end of the season. They might get a few players to record a video message for the fans that's shown on the scoreboard. Sometimes, the player so tasked with doing this video can even make it seem genuine, like he's actually saying what he means; most of the time, the player just reads the lines off a cue card.
You want fan appreciation? THIS is fan appreciation. What an awesome thing for the team to do.