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San Jose Sharks Rookie Receives Harlem Globetrotters' "Trotter Tribute" for Between the Legs Goal

Tomas Hertl in the midst of scoring an amazing goal. Credit: Ed Szczepanski

(PHOENIX, Oct. 10, 2013) – San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl has been honored with a “Trotter Tribute” from the world famous Harlem Globetrotters in recognition of his “between the legs” goal. The spectacular play was his fourth goal of Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers. 

“We’ll be in the SAP Center in January – but the spirit of the Globetrotters came to San Jose a little early when Tomas scored that goal on Tuesday,” said Globetrotters Showman Big Easy Lofton.  “In fact, the Globetrotters have played basketball on ice twice in our 88-year history.  So the next time we organize an ice game, we’ll be sure to recruit Tomas to our team.”

The “Trotter Tribute” honors athletes from all sports throughout the world whose play calls to mind the dazzling showmanship of “the world’s most famous team.” 

The honor is designed to recognize amazing and entertaining moments during the course of competition.  Members of the media often refer to unbelievable plays as “Globetrotter-esque,” signifying fantastic athletic feats, as well as the unique trademark the team has emblazoned in incorporating entertainment into sports.

The Harlem Globetrotters will bring their new 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour to San Jose for a doubleheader at the SAP Center on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  The team will also play Oracle Arena in Oakland on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.

During the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour, the Globetrotters will play 300 games in over 250 cities in 47 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico from Dec. 26, 2013 through April 2014.

Sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios, Howard Johnson Hotels and Greyhound Lines, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 88th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

-The Harlem Globetrotters

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