- San Jose Sharks
team_name = San Jose Sharks
bg_color = #14535D
text_color = #EF8F1F
conference = Western
division = Pacific
founded = 1991
history = San Jose Sharks
1991 - present
HP Pavilion at San Jose
("The Shark Tank")
San Jose, California
CSN Bay Area
KFOX (98.5 FM)
team_colors = Deep Pacific Teal, Burnt Orange, Black
owner = San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises
general_manager = flagicon|CAN Doug Wilson
head_coach = flagicon|CAN
Phoenix RoadRunners( ECHL)
stanley_cups = None
conf_titles = None
division_titles = 2001-02, 2003-04, 2007-08The San Jose Sharks are a professional
ice hockeyteam based in San Jose, California, United States. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League(NHL). They play their home games at the HP Pavilion at San Jose.
Bringing hockey back to the Bay Area
Northern Californiawas not considered a particularly fertile hockey market, the NHL's 1967-68 expansion included a Bay Area team, primarily because the terms of a new television agreement with CBScalled for two of the new teams to be located in California. Thus, the Oakland Sealswere one of the six expansion teams added, but were a failure both on the ice and at the gate. After nine money-losing seasons and continued low attendance, in 1976 the Seals were sold to Cleveland businessmen George and Gordon Gundand moved to Cleveland, where they became the Barons. After two more years of losses, the Gunds were permitted to merge the Barons with the financially struggling Minnesota North Stars(now the Dallas Stars). The Gunds emerged as the owners of the North Stars as part of the dealcite web |url= http://www.hockey-fans.com/pacific/sharks/|title= San Jose Sharks Hockey Team |accessdate=2008-08-13] .
The Gunds had long wanted to bring hockey back to the Bay Area, and asked the NHL for permission to move the North Stars there in the late 1980s, but were vetoed by the league. Meanwhile, a group led by former
Hartford Whalersowner Howard Baldwinwas pushing the NHL to bring a team to San Jose, where a new arena was being built. Eventually a compromise was struck by the league, where the Gunds would sell their share of the North Stars to Baldwin's group, with the Gunds receiving an expansion team in the Bay Area to begin play in the 1991-92 NHL seasonand being allowed to take a certain number of players from the North Stars to their new club. [cite book|last=Cameron|first=Steve|title=Feeding Frenzy! The Wild New World of the San Jose Sharks|pages=29-38|year=1994|publisher=Taylor Publishing Co.] In return, the North Stars would be allowed to participate as an equal partner in an expansion draft with the new Bay Area team.
May 5, 1990, the Gunds officially sold their share of the North Stars to Baldwin and were awarded a new team in the Bay Area, based in San Jose. Over 5000 potential names were submitted by mail for the new team. While the first-place finisher was "Blades," the Gunds were concerned about the name's negative connotations (weapons, etc.) and went with the runner-up, " Sharks." [cite book |title=The Name Game: Football, Baseball, Hockey & Basketball How Your Favorite Sports Teams Were Named |last=Donovan |first=Michael Leo |authorlink= |coauthors= |year=1997 |publisher=Warwick Publishing |location= Toronto|isbn=1895629748 |pages= ] The name was said to have been inspired by the large number of sharks living in the Pacific Ocean. Seven different varieties live there, and one area of water near the Bay Area is known as the "red triangle" because of its shark population. The team's first marketing head, Matt Levine, said of the new name, "Sharks are relentless, determined, swift, agile, bright and fearless. We plan to build an organization that has all those qualities." [cite news | first = Tom | last = Gilmore | title = Sharks Are Coming -- NHL Team Named | url = http://web.lexis-nexis.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/universe/document?_m=fccc7f884e0eea47adea8b44bf909307&_docnum=3&wchp=dGLzVzz-zSkVA&_md5=4f5b19352645ced32382b044849609ed | work = The San Francisco Chronicle | publisher = The Chronicle Publishing Co. | page = D1 | date = 1990-09-07| accessdate = 2007-04-21]
Cow Palace years (1991-93)
For their first two seasons, the Sharks played at the
Cow Palacein Daly City, just outside San Francisco. Pat Falloonwas their first draft choice, and led the team in points during their first season. George Kingston was their first coach during their first two seasons. Though the 1991-92 roster was primarily comprised of NHL journeyman, minor leaguers and rookies, the Sharks had at least one notable NHLplayer when they acquired 14-year veteran and former Norris Trophywinner defenseman Doug Wilson from the Chicago Blackhawkson September 6, 1991. Wilson was named the team's first captain and All-Star representative in their first season. The Sharks, however, were one of the worst teams in the NHL their first two seasons, as often happens to expansion teams — the 71 losses in 1992-93 is an NHL Record, and they also suffered a 17-game losing streak, while earning a mere 24 points in the standings, winning just 11 games. Kingston was fired following the end of the 1992-93 season.
Despite the Sharks futility in the standings, several team "firsts" happened in the 1992-93 season. The first ever
shutoutby a Sharks goaltender occurred on November 17, 1992, recorded by Arturs Irbein a 6-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings. The first ever hat trickfor the Sharks was scored on December 3, 1992 vs. the Hartford Whalersat the Cow Palaceby right wing Rob Gaudreau, who would also score the team's second ever hat trick9 days later on December 12, 1992 vs. the Quebec Nordiques. Rob Gaudreau's prolific scoring earned the Sharks their first ever league-wide award as the NHL's Rookie of the Month for having scored 14 goals and 5 assists for 19 points during the month of December, 1992.
during an intermission. A "Name the Mascot" contest began that night, with the winning name of "S.J. Sharkie" being announced on April 15, 1992. [cite book | author = | title = Decade of Teal: 10 Years With the San Jose Sharks| publisher = Woodford Publishing, Inc. | page = 105 | date = 2001 | accessdate = ]
Early success and rebuilding (1993-97)
For their third season, 1993-94, the Sharks moved to their current home, the San Jose Arena (now the
HP Pavilion at San Jose). Under head coach Kevin Constantine, the Sharks pulled off one of the biggest turnarounds in NHL history, finishing with a 33-35-16 record, making the playoffs with 82 points — a 58-point jump from the previous season. They were seeded 8th in the Western Conference playoffs and faced the Detroit Red Wings, one of the favorites in the Western Conference to win the Stanley Cup. However, in one of the biggest upsets in Stanley CupPlayoff history, the underdog Sharks shocked the Red Wings in seven games. In the second round, the Sharks had a 3-2 lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but lost the final two games in Toronto; including an overtime loss in Game 6 where, moments before Toronto's decisive goal, Johan Garpenlov's shot rang off the Toronto crossbar.
In 1994-95, the Sharks returned to the playoffs and again made it to the second round. Ray Whitney scored a goal in double overtime of Game 7 of the conference quarterfinals against the
Calgary Flames, adding to Calgary's streak of not winning a playoff series after they won the 1989 Stanley Cup(a streak they wouldn't break until 2004). Key Sharks players were goalie Arturs Irbe, defenseman Sandis Ozolinshand forwards Igor Larionovand Sergei Makarov. The 1995 season also saw the only rainout in the history of the NHL, when the Guadalupe River flooded its banks in March 1995, making it impossible for anyone to get into the San Jose Arena for a game between the Sharks and the Red Wings. [ [http://sharks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=340282 San Jose Sharks - Seagate Technology's "In the Crease": The Weird Factor - 10/16/2007 ] ]
In 1995-96, the Sharks finished last in the Pacific Division and failed to make the playoffs. The team also underwent major changes: during the season they traded Ozolinsh and Larionov; Irbe, who had suffered an off-ice injury, was released at the end of the season. The team began rebuilding, acquiring forward
Owen Nolanfrom the Colorado Avalanche, as well as several other players. Constantine was fired midway through the season and replaced by interim coach Jim Wiley. The next season was no better under Al Sims, with the Sharks again finishing last and winning only 27 games. Their standing would help them draft Patrick Marleau(no.2 overall) in the 1997 NHL entry draft.
Darryl Sutter years (1997-2002)
The Sharks returned to the playoffs in 1997-98, with goalie Mike Vernon, whom they acquired from the Red Wings (the season after Vernon won the
Conn Smythe Trophy), and new head coach Darryl Sutter. For the next two years, the Sharks made the playoffs, yet never advanced past the first round. This changed in the 1999-2000 season, when the Sharks finished with their first-ever winning record, but earned a match-up against the Presidents' Trophychampion St. Louis Blues in the first round. However, in an upset on par with the one they had pulled on Detroitsix years earlier, the Sharks managed to eliminate the Blues in the full seven games. San Jose, however, managed to last only five more games before being eliminated by the Dallas Starsthat year.
In 2000-01, Kazakh goalie
Evgeni Nabokovwon the Calder Memorial Trophyas the league's best rookie. The team also acquired Finnish star forward Teemu Selanne from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for Jeff Friesenand Steve Shields. In the 2001 playoffs, the Blues downed the Sharks in six games in the first round, avenging the 2000 defeat to San Jose. The team's breakout year was 2001-02. Veteran Adam Graveswas acquired for Mikael Samuelsson. The Sharks won their first Pacific Division title, and defeated the Phoenix Coyotesin the first round, but fell to the Colorado Avalanchein second.
Following the 2001-02 season, the Gunds sold the Sharks to a group of local investors headed by team president
Greg Jamison. Kyle McLarenwas acquired in a three-way trade with the Montreal Canadiensand Boston Bruinsfor checking-line winger Niklas Sundstromand promising prospect Jeff Jillson, and Dan McGilliswas acquired for Marcus Ragnarsson, but the team could not turn itself around. Sutter was fired and replaced by Ron Wilson midway through that season.
Ron Wilson years (2003-2008)
Owen Nolanwas traded to Toronto, and the newly-acquired McGillis, Bryan Marchment, AHL star Shawn Heins, and forward Matt Bradleywere moved. Selanne left to sign with the Colorado Avalanche. Centers Alyn McCauley(from the Maple Leafs) and Wayne Primeau(from the Pittsburgh Penguins) were brought in to stabilize the locker room. Jim Faheyled all rookie defensemen in points despite playing in only 43 games.
2003-04 saw another turnaround for the team, resulting in the team's best season ever. An injection of youth, with players like
Christian Ehrhoffand Tom Preissing, and the influx of energy with Alexander Korolyukjump-started San Jose. They posted the third-best record in the league with a team-record 104 points (31 more than the previous season, and the first time the team had earned 100 points), won the Pacific Division championship, and were seeded second in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, the Sharks defeated the St. Louis Blues 4 games to 1 in the conference quarterfinals and stopped the Colorado Avalanche4-2 in the conference semifinals. The San Jose Sharks, for the first time, went to the conference finals. However, they fell to the Calgary Flamesand ex-coach Sutter 4-2 in the conference finals with former Sharks goaltender Miikka Kiprusoffin net for the Flames. Kiprusoff was traded early in the season to the Flames for a second round pick ( Marc-Edouard Vlasicwas drafted for that 2nd pick).
The Sharks started the 2005-06 season slowly, dropping to last place in the Pacific Division. In the previous off-season, they didn't add any players from outside their own organization — the only team out of 30 not to do so. After a 10-game losing streak, what was widely recognized as one of the biggest trades in NHL history took place.Lopsided|date=September 2008 The Sharks traded
Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeauand Marco Sturmto the Boston Bruinsfor Joe Thornton. The trade re-energized the team, and with excellent play by backup goaltender Vesa Toskala, the Sharks rallied back from their early season slump to clinch the 5th seed in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, the Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators4-1 in the conference quarterfinals before falling to the Edmonton Oilers4-2 in the conference semifinals. Joe Thornton was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophyas the league's Most Valuable Player, as well as the Art Ross Trophyfor leading the league in points, with a total of 125. Jonathan Cheechoo was awarded the Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophyfor scoring the most goals during the regular season, with a total of 56.
The Sharks entered the 2006-07 season as the youngest team in average age, as well as the biggest team in average weight, and they raced out to a 20-7-0 start, the best in franchise history. Ron Wilson chose the uncommon strategy of alternating both
Vesa Toskalaand Evgeni Nabokovevery other game. Two significant trades were made at the trade deadline for defenseman Craig Rivetand winger Bill Guerin. The trades coincided with Nabokov, playing full time while Toskala recovered from an injury, putting together a string of outstanding performances and earning the number one job. The Sharks finished the regular season with the best record in franchise history at 51-26-5. In the conference quarterfinals, the Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators for the second year in a row with the same 4-1 result. In the Western Conference semifinals, the Sharks faced the Detroit Red Wings. After taking a 2-1 series lead, they lost a pivotal game 4 when the Red Wings scored the tying goal with 33 seconds left and went on to win in overtime. The Sharks would go on to lose the next two games in a row, losing the series to Detroit 4-2.
In that offseason, San Jose lost defenseman
Scott Hannanto the Colorado Avalanchebut managed to re-sign pending free agent Craig Rivet.
In advance of the 2007-08 season, the Sharks updated their logos and jerseys to adjust to the new Rbk EDGE jersey. [ [http://sharks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=337572 San Jose Sharks - News: Sharks Unveil New Home and Road Sweaters - 09/17/2007 ] ] The Sharks rode on a very hot streak in the month of March. They were aided by the trade-deadline acquisition of
Brian Campbell, who they gave up Steve Bernierand a first-round-pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Going the entire month without a regulation loss, they captured their third division title with a franchise-record 108 points, second in the league to the Detroit Red Wings. San Jose started the 2007-2008 playoffs beating the Calgary Flames4 games to 3 in San Jose's first ever home Game 7, advancing to play the 5th seeded Dallas Starsin the second round. On Monday April 21st, goalie Evgeni Nabokov was named one of the three finalists for the Vezina trophyfor the NHL's most valuable goaltender. San Jose eventually lost to Dallas 4-2 in the Western Conference Semifinals. Game 6 required four overtime periods, and was the longest game in the team's history.
The Ron Wilson era officially came to an end on Monday, May 12th when the Sharks fired Wilson, citing the Sharks' disappointing second round losses in the past three seasons. [ [http://sharks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=363248 San Jose Sharks - News: Wilson Relieved of Head Coaching Duties - 05/12/08] ] Wilson ended his tenure in San Jose with a overall record of 206-134-45 in 385 regular-season games and a 28-24 record in 52 postseason games.
Todd McLellan years (2008-Present)
On June 11, 2008, the San Jose Sharks named former
Detroit Red Wingsassistant coach, Todd McLellan, as their new head coach for the 2008-2009 season.
During the offseason, San Jose's major headlines included signing defenseman
Rob Blake, acquiring defensemen Dan Boyleand Brad Lukowichfor defenseman Matt Carle, defensive prospect Ty Wishart, a first round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draftand a fourth round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, as well as trading defenseman Craig Rivetto the Buffalo Sabresfor a second round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draftand a second round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
San Jose also re-signed trade-deadline acquisition
Jody Shelley, Brian Boucheralong with free agents Jeremy Roenick, Christian Ehrhoff, Marcel Goc, Joe Pavelski, Ryane Clowe, Lukas Kasparand Douglas Murray.
"This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Sharks. For the full season-by-season history, see
San Jose Sharks seasons"
"Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes"
Records as of May 5, 2008. [Hockeydb.com, [http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/teamseasons.php?tid=44 San Jose Sharks season statistics and records.] ]
:1 As of the
2005-06 NHL season, all games will have a winner; the OTL column includes SOL (Shootout losses).
*Doug Wilson, 1991-93
Bob Errey, 1993-95
Jeff Odgers, 1995-96
Todd Gill, 1996-98
Owen Nolan, 1998-2003
*"Rotating captains for much of 2003-04"
Mike Ricci(first 10 games)
Vincent Damphousse(next 20 games)
Alyn McCauley(next 10 games)
Patrick Marleau, 2004- "present"
Hall of Famers
Igor Larionov, C, 1993-95, inducted 2008
First-round draft picks
Pat Falloon(2nd overall)
Mike Rathje(3rd overall) & Andrei Nazarov(10th overall)
Viktor Kozlov(6th overall)
Jeff Friesen(11th overall)
Teemu Riihijarvi(12th overall)
Andrei Zyuzin(2nd overall) & Marco Sturm(21st overall)
Patrick Marleau(2nd overall) & Scott Hannan(23rd overall)
Brad Stuart(3rd overall)
Jeff Jillson(14th overall)
Marcel Goc(20th overall)
*2002: Mike Morris (27th overall)
Milan Michalek(6th overall) & Steve Bernier(16th overall)
Lukas Kaspar(22nd overall)
Devin Setoguchi(8th overall)
Ty Wishart(16th overall)
Logan Couture(9th overall) & Nick Petrecki(28th overall)
Franchise scoring leaders
These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.
"Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game"
"* = Current San Jose Sharks Player"
NHL awards and trophies
Art Ross Trophy
Joe Thornton*: 2005-06 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
Tony Granato: 1996-97 Calder Memorial Trophy
Evgeni Nabokov: 2000-01 Hart Memorial Trophy
Joe Thornton*: 2005-06 Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy
Jonathan Cheechoo: 2005-06
(* - traded from the
Boston Bruinsduring the 2005-06 season)
Since 2007, the team sponsors Beijing's
Asia League Ice Hockeyteam, known as the China Sharks.
Randy Hahn, Play-by-play
Drew Remenda, Color commentator
Scott Reiss, Intermission host
Kate Longworth, Ice-side reporter
Dan Rusanowsky, Play-by-play
Jamie Baker, Color commentator
David Maley, Color commentator
* [http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=379867 "San Jose strengthens ties to China Sharks"] nhl.com, Aug 20, 2008
* [http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=379187 "New-look Anyang Halla adds western flavor"] nhl.com, July 31, 2008
* [http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?articleid=358172&page=NewsPage&service=page "Former NHLers find hockey adventure in Japan"] nhl.com, March 26, 2008
List of NHL players
List of NHL seasons
1991 NHL Dispersal and Expansion Drafts
* [http://sharks.nhl.com/index.html Official website of the San Jose Sharks]
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