Joonas Donskoi, a former skateboarder himself helped save his hometown skate park with a clutch donation

Joonas Donskoi, a former skateboarder himself helped save his hometown skate park with a clutch donation

  • Saved the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round with a game-winning goal against the Colorado Avalanche, then he saved a skate park in his hometown of Raahe, Finland.
  • The Sharks forward made a $2,600 donation to the Pulju indoor skate park that stopped it from being forced to close its doors.
  • Donskoi, an avid skater who hopes to land a kickflip trick at some point after the Sharks season ends, quietly announced the donation Thursday, less than a day after scoring the series-clinching goal.
  • Valtteri Karjula, a co-founder of the park who grew up skating with Donskoi, announced the good deed on Twitter on Thursday.
  • Henri Ylikulju, Karjula’s friend and the chair of the Raahe-area skateboarders union, sought out Donskoi on Instagram.
  • The whole skating community is grateful that Donskoi said yes.
  • “[Ylikulju] has been really thankful, and I’m sure the kids that go there are thankful too,” Donskoi said.