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Posted on: April 12, 2018

Anaheim, San Jose mayors face off in friendly NHL playoffs wager

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 12, 2018) — It’s NorCal versus SoCal in the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs and the competition is heating up on and off the ice as the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks face off Thursday night in Anaheim.

To make things even more interesting, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo have agreed to a friendly wager on the best-of-seven series.

If Anaheim wins, Mayor Liccardo will send boxes of Eggo waffles — the frozen breakfast treat invented in San Jose — to Anaheim, where kids from Anaheim’s GOALS Academy will enjoy breakfast on the Sharks.

If the Sharks win the series, Mayor Tait will send a box of churros from Anaheim food truck Don Churros for San Jose kids to enjoy churros on the Ducks.

Regardless of which team wins, both cities will benefit.

At the end of the series, Tait and Liccardo will donate $100 each to a charity benefiting those living in homelessness in their opponent’s city.

Liccardo will donate to Chrysalis, a nonprofit that helps transition people from homelessness to work by helping to prepare them to find and keeping employment. Chrysalis is coming to Anaheim later this year.

Tait will give to San Jose’s Downtown Streets Team, which engages those living in homelessness in community volunteer work as a way of restoring dignity and rebuilding lives.

“Eggos will never taste so good after the Ducks win this series,” Tait said. “This is one of California’s great rivalries, and Anaheim is turning orange in support of our team. We’re having fun with this wager but also want to spread kindness in our communities and help those seeking to transition out of homelessness.”

“Sharks fans across the Bay Area eagerly await the latest chapter in our long-standing rivalry with the Ducks tonight,” Liccardo said. “While I look forward to enjoying some of Anaheim’s finest churros when my beloved Sharks take the series, win or lose, I’m happy to join Mayor Tait in supporting two great nonprofits that are helping our homeless neighbors get back on their feet.”

This is the second time in franchise history that the Sharks and Ducks have met in the National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs. The teams last played in 2009, when the Ducks came out victorious in six games.  

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